There's nothing quite as refreshing as cold, creamy ice cream on a hot day. While the historic roots of ice cream are disputed, this favorite American dessert was first mentioned in the New World in a 1744 letter by a guest of the Maryland Governor. According to records kept by a New York ice cream merchant, President George Washington dropped $200 on ice cream during the summer of 1790. Thomas Jefferson had a famous recipe for Baked Alaska, and Dolly Madison served strawberry ice cream at a White House dinner for her husband's second inaugural banquet.
10Best asked readers to help us find the best ice cream parlors in the U.S. from a pool of 20 nominees, and after four weeks of voting, the results are in.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Ice Cream Parlor are as follows:
- Moomers Homemade Ice Cream - Traverse City, Mich.
- Big Dipper Ice Cream - Missoula, Mont.
- Doumar’s - Norfolk, Va.
- Screamin' Mimi's - Sebastopol, Calif.
- Sundae School Ice Cream - Dennis Port, Mass.
- A La Mode Shoppe - New York
- Sloan's Ice Cream - West Palm Beach, Fla.
- Springer's Homemade Ice Cream - Stone Harbor, N.J.
- Cape Cod Creamery - South Yarmouth, Mass.
- Woodside Farm Creamery - Hockessin, Del.
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Eric Grossman (USA TODAY), Anna Hider (Roadtrippers), Gerrish Lopez (USA TODAY), Jane and Michael Stern (Roadfood.com) and Malcolm Stogo (Ice Cream University) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of ice cream and/or food travel in the USA.
Additional parlors nominated in this category included Aglamesis Brothers in Cincinnati; Annabelle's Natural Ice Cream in Portsmouth, N.H.; Bi-Rite Creamery in San Francisco; Cool Moon Ice Cream in Portland, Ore.; Creole Creamery in New Orleans; The Franklin Fountain in Philadelphia; Ici Ice Cream in Berkeley, Calif.; Izzy's Ice Cream in Minneapolis & St. Paul; Rococo Artisan Ice Cream in Kennebunkport, Maine and Salt & Straw in Portland, Ore.
Congratulations to all our winning ice cream parlors, and thanks for keeping us cool this summer!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo