There are few things more quintessentially summer than eating an ice cream cone or sipping a frappe on a hot day. It’s a rite of passage for kids—and one that adults definitely won’t mind partaking in, too. And we can’t think of a better time to snag a cool treat than on National Ice Cream Day, which is Sunday, July 16, this year. So we’re bringing you a rundown of the newest ice cream shops in Boston that are open just in time for you to celebrate.
Stuck at home but have an ice cream jones? Just connect to Scoop n Scootery, who delivers.
Scoop n Scootery—Arlington
The Scoop n Scootery started as a food truck and took up permanent residence in Arlington last year. While the Scootery may have gone brick-and-mortar, you can still order one of its frozen yogurt or ice cream sundaes right to your door. That’s right, the Scootery is pioneering ice cream delivery in Boston, making it super easy to get a scoop without ever leaving home.
FoMu—South End and Newbury Street pop-up
If you and your kids love ice cream, but can’t eat dairy then head to FoMu (faux moo, get it?). The local, plant-based frozen treat shop has two new locations where you can get your fix without worrying about feeling sick: one in the South End that opened last year and a Newbury Street pop-up that runs until the end of 2017.
FoMu has dairy-free treats that taste just as delectable as ice cream.
Tipping Cow first popped up at local farmers markets, and while you’ll still find them there, you can also snag a scoop at the new Somerville shop. Tipping Cow makes it own ice cream using pure, natural ingredients, so individual flavors (like dark chocolate sea salt) really stand out.
Italian Café Gelato—Quincy
A visit to the new Italian Café Gelato feels like taking a trip to Europe without ever leaving the Boston area. The shop sells traditional gelato in a variety of flavors that you can get in a cup, cone or milkshake. Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, sample the creamy treat sandwiched in brioche-style bread or a brownie.
It's hard to beat a classic: the banana split at Forge Ice Cream Bar.
Forge Ice Cream Bar—Somerville
Last year the folks behind Somerville staples Diesel Cafe, Bloc, and Forge Baking Company opened Forge Ice Cream Bar. The old-fashioned feel is reminiscent of retro soda shops and invites you to stay awhile. Plus, the house made ice cream is delicious, whether you go for a classic like vanilla or something more adventurous like Forge’s avocado ice cream.
If you find yourself north of town, don’t miss a stop at Melt, which calls the former Salem Screamery ice cream parlor home. Opened last year, Melt has a big focus on sourcing local ingredients for its homemade ice cream (think Taza Chocolate from Somerville and candies from Sweet Lydia’s in Lowell), and even makes it own waffle cones.
Honeycomb Creamery's sundaes have loads of interesting toppings, from crumbled homemade waffle cones to—you guessed it—honeycomb candy.
Honeycomb Creamery took Boston by storm when it burst onto the ice cream scene with its rich, small-batch-made flavors. The shop sells regular and vegan ice cream, so those who love dairy and those who don’t can both indulge. And if your kids just can’t get enough ice cream, you can order one of Honeycomb’s delectable ice cream cakes for their next birthday.
Thai-Style Rolled Ice Cream Spots
There’s a new type of ice cream in town, and Frollz in the Square One Mall is one popular purveyor. Instead of scoops, Frollz serves Thai-style rolled ice cream, and was the first shop in the state to do so. These treats have taken over social media feeds because they’re so pretty—luckily, they’re also pretty tasty.
Hi B3ar Ice Cream Roll—Allston
The Thai-style ice cream roll craze continues with the opening of Hi B3ar in Allston. A stop at this shop is as entertaining as it is delicious. When you come in, you can watch Hi B3ar’s ice cream chefs shape thin layers of ice cream into rolls and top them with everything from Oreos to coconut.
New York-transplant Juicy Spot has a wide selection of ice cream roll flavors to choose from.
Juicy Spot Cafe—Chinatown
One of the first places in the U.S. to make Thai-style rolled ice cream, Juicy Spot Cafe debuted in New York City in 2015 and came to Boston this year. Juicy Spot has a huge menu of preset ice cream rolls to choose from or you can build your own from their seemingly endless selection of flavors, toppings, and drizzles.
Last, but certainly not least, on our list of new Thai-style rolled ice cream shops is NextDoor Cafe, which opened earlier this year. Visit the shop in Allston for one of its 30 combinations of ice cream flavors and toppings, which gives you lots of options for trying this trendy treat. Or snack on one of its shaved snow ice concoctions to cool down on a hot day.
Homemade waffle cones—and super-size scoops—are a big draw at Melt in Salem. Photo by Christiana Kroondyk
Top photo: Thai-style ice cream rolls with exotic toppings are on the menu at the Juicy Spot Cafe. Photo by helensimkins via Instagram. Photos courtesy of the respective shops unless otherwise noted