The 10 Best Ice Cream Parlors in Massachusetts!

Whether you’re craving a sundae, a banana split, or perhaps a tall cone with three scoops—everyone loves ice cream. When warm weather approaches, ice cream parlors all over Massachusetts start opening up. A few even brave the winter and stay open all year. Choose your favorite flavor and maybe even add a topping or two, but get ready to scream for ice cream in Massachusetts.

1. Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream, Cambridge, MA

How does Crème Fraiche or Grand Marnier ice cream sound? You can check out these delicacies and more at Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream. In addition to these “often” flavors, Christina has seasonal specialties, too. Her regular flavors include classics, as well as burnt sugar, ginger molasses, and peanut butter chip.

2. Toscanini’s, Cambridge, MA

Located just around the corner from MIT, Toscanini’s gets lots of regulars from the college set. And who can blame them? Toscanini’s won the “Best of Boston Award” in 2014 and got a mention in an issue of Bon Appetit. Enjoy a scoop or two of Vienna Finger Cookie or Saffron, and prepare to get hooked.

3. Bedford Farms, Multiple locations

Serving the Bay State with three locations, Bedford Farms has homemade ice cream and sorbet, as well as soft serve ice cream. Cashew caramel turtle is a decadent delight, but rest assured, they serve all the tried and true favorites as well, for those who can’t seem to move past chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Bedford Farms makes the richest, creamiest homemade ice cream that raises even these basics to a superior level.

4. Cape Cod Creamery, South Yarmouth and Hyannis, MA

Undeniably the best homemade ice cream on the Cape, Cape Cod Creamery is a staple in these parts. Even the ice cream flavors reflect the region. Enjoy a dish of Chatham Chocolate or a couple of scoops of Barnstable Bananas Foster on a waffle cone.

5. The Scoop, Lenox, MA

Now open for the season, the Scoop in Lenox is a staple in the Berkshires. Serving up Blondie’s homemade ice cream, visitors gorge themselves on Samoas (yes, just like the Girl Scout Cookies!) and coffee and donuts. Check out their frozen yogurt, too.

6. Treadwell’s Ice Cream, Peabody, MA

In addition to the delicious ice cream and decadent sundae toppings you get at Treadwell’s Ice Cream, you can even plan an ice cream party for your birthday or special event. Treadwell’s gives back to the community, too, which makes them extra special. 

7. Mt. Tom’s Homemade Ice Cream, Easthampton, MA

Dubbed the “best ice cream in the Valley,” Mt. Tom’s Homemade Ice Cream serves up sundaes, cones, and waffle cones filled with rich, delicious homemade ice cream. Salted butter caramel is among the locals’ favorites.

8. The Ice Creamsmith, Boston, MA

Now open for the season, the Ice Creamsmith makes their homemade ice cream on site—something not all Boston ice cream purveyors can say. Their late hours (open until 10 p.m.) allow those late-night ice cream lovers the perfect place to go for a scoop of Bailey’s Irish cream or an old standard like maple walnut.

9. Hodgies Too Ice Cream, Salisbury, MA

You can’t go inside Hodgies Too to enjoy your homemade ice cream, and they’re only open from spring through early fall. That doesn’t stop the masses from forming long lines, however. The homemade ice cream is to die for, and their frozen yogurt is pretty darn good, too.

10. Molly Moo’s, Boston, MA

In addition to their homemade ice cream, Molly Moo’s serves up a wide range of divine desserts and breakfast and lunch foods. Enjoy a sandwich topped off with a giant ice cream cone.

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