Whether you prefer it in a cone or a cup, a sugar or cake cone, there’s nothing like cold, creamy ice cream on a blazing summer day. We rounded up five of the newest frozen treats from around the South. Bonus points if you try all five this summer.
1. The Parlour, Durham, NC
The Scoop: The Parlour team scooped up flavors like Tangerine Cardamom from a catch-it-if-you-can mini school bus. In April, they opened a bubblegum pink brick-and-mortar in downtown Durham. Both serve the same great flavors made from ingredients like fruit from local farms and Fullsteam Brewery beer (for the chocolate-stout ice cream).
Our Pick: Lime Buttermilk with Strawberry Swirl
2. The Revolution Ice Cream Co., Brandon, FL
The Scoop: Owner Bill Workman started simple, making homemade ice cream for loved ones, but soon became a dairy mad scientist of sorts, dabbling in combinations such as habanero peppers and chocolate. Thankfully, the world can now taste more of his madcap creations like Curried Sky (vanilla ice cream with curry-toasted coconut) at his retail store that opened in April.
Our Pick: Blueberry Muffin Tops
3. Dolcezza, Washington, D.C.
The Scoop: DC-area gelato makers Dolcezza may have their sweetest summer yet thanks to the opening of their 4,000-square-foot gelato factory near Union Market. With four area locations already, Dolcezza is moving its production into a former flower market in order to churn out more refreshing flavors such as Cucumber Mint Vodka. Stop by for the newest batches of gelato and the bird’s eye views of the entire process.
Our Pick: Blueberry Lemon Thyme
4. Front Porch Carolina Churned Ice Cream, Mooresville, NC
The Scoop: Mooresville Ice Cream Company has been making the sweet stuff for nearly 90 years and in 2012, they launched Front Porch pint brand available in Southern grocery stores. Just in time for this summer are four new flavors inspired by the South including My-Oh-My Peanut Butter Pie and Happily Pineapply Upside Down Cake.
Our Pick: County Fair Fried Apple Pie
5. Sucré, New Orleans, LA
The Scoop: With rainbow-hued macaroons and shelves of chocolate bars, it would be easy to overlook the geleto at Sucré. But the confectionery shop’s best-kept secret is a Gelato Po’Boy made from chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla gelato in a pate choux shell with the works: strawberry and chocolate sauce and whipped cream. The sweet take on the classic sandwich is made for sharing on a Crescent City evening.
Our Pick: Gelato Po’Boy
What’s your favorite Southern ice cream?