Ahh! The delicious agony of having to research the best ice cream shops in Fairfield County! And what a wonderful way to enjoy these hot summer days. Why not take time out for a quick trip to an ice cream shop that’s more like a mini-vacation? Of course, we all have our personal favorite ice cream shops from when we were kids. If we still live in the general vicinity, we may find ourselves being mysteriously drawn back to our ice cream memories. But how fun it is to find a new ice cream parlor we’ve never tried before on a Sunday afternoon as we explore neighboring towns! Here are a few places that you can just happen to pass by during your summer meanderings. And if you happen to be in Farmington Valley, New Haven County or New London County, we've done roundups there, too!
Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe & Cafe
This is a “Mom & Pop” shop and Mama Eileen and Papa Jason actually live on the premises. Stop by and try a homemade ice cream cone or one of their deli sandwiches. They offer 16 ice cream flavors at one time on a rotating basis. Yogurts, sherbets, & Italian ices also rotate in flavor as available. They serve locally roasted Ashlawn Farm coffee and a variety of espresso drinks from their coffee bar, complimented by a slew of gourmet and herbal teas. In the colder months, they even craft homemade soups. If you’re hankering for something unusual, be sure to try one of their beer ice cream flavors. The shop is located on a quaint stretch of Old Lyme; grab a very generous portion cone and either enjoy the outside seating or a stroll through the historic district.
34 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, 860-434-6942
Timothy’s Ice Cream
Located in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, the parlor has both indoor and outdoor seating. This is a favorite of the locals and finding parking can be difficult (only available on the street). The ice cream is rich and delicious, made on the premises. Each week they offer between 12-20 total flavors of ice cream, yogurts, and sorbets. Some of the constant flavors include French Vanilla, Sweet Cream, Dutch Chocolate, Oreo, Strawberry, Chocolate Chip, and Coffee.
2974 Fairfield Avenue, Black Rock, 203-366-7496
This tiny establishment in Bethel often has a long line out the back door and is home to what many claim to be the creamiest, richest, and biggest serving size ice cream. The chocolate lace ice cream is a favorite of many, with its wonderful chocolate candy crunch. They keep their flavor samples to between 6-8, but as soon as a tub is empty, they replace it with a different flavor. You can call ahead to see what is currently being served, or check out their Facebook page. Also, they serve only fresh, homemade hot fudge and whipped cream. Dr. Mike’s also has a second location in Monroe that receives daily ice cream shipments from Bethel.
158 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, 203-792-4388
444 Main Street, Monroe, 203-452-0499
Ferris Acres Creamery
This is not just an ice cream shop, but a historical site. Ferris Acres Dairy Farm is home to the last commercial dairy herd in Fairfield County. With the addition of the creamery, it offers a unique opportunity for the public to get a glimpse of how one family strives to maintain a profitable farm in Connecticut. On your visit to eat ice cream you can also enjoy a view that includes farm animals, pastures, and fields. In addition to many exotic ice cream flavors offered daily, they also offer no-sugar flavors, sorbets, and frozen yogurt. Bring a hungry belly because these portions are huge! And unlike some other small shops, here—no cash, no problem—credit cards accepted.
144 Sugar Street, Newtown, 203-426-8803
Rich Farm Ice Cream Shop
The shop is located on a working dairy farm and all the ice cream is made daily. They have an amazing list of everyday flavors, which is added to by alternating flavors of the day. This is fresh made ice cream with raw milk and it’s inexpensive and served in huge portions. Your children can visit the cows in the barn while eating their ice cream.
691 Oxford Road (Route 67), Oxford, 203-881-1040
Wells Hollow Creamery
This family-run farm offers more than 50 ice cream flavors. The ice cream shop also offers smoothies, flurries, soft serve, and Italian ice. Enjoy your treats in the 3,000-square-foot open air patio, then visit the cows and chickens. The ice cream shop resides in a rehabilitated chicken barn. It also hosts private birthday parties, which include an activity, farm animals, and “make your own sundaes.” And while you’re there, you can also purchase fresh produce to bring home - like sweet corn.
656 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton, 203-926-0101
An old standby for birthday ice cream cakes, Carvel features at least half-a-dozen franchise stores in Fairfield County. Open year-round.
1575 Barnum Avenue, Stratford, 203-380-0033
The most important feature of an ice cream shop seems to be the experience that goes with it. Nothing beats a Blizzard and Dairy Queen has a special Blizzard of the Month special.
1514 Barnum Avenue, Stratford, 203-378-9616
This popular family-owned spot makes great ice cream cakes and takes custom orders. All ice cream is home-made daily and always fresh. Coconut and cookie dough are some of the favorites among some 40 flavors.
248 East Avenue, Norwalk, 203-866-7740
Walnut Beach Creamery
Every batch of ice cream is made by hand using the best and freshest ingredients they can find. Enjoy your cone in their backyard garden, just one block from the beach.
17 Broadway, Milford, 203-878-7738
Originally published August 2011.