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15 Cool Ice Cream Shops in the U.S.

By: Nathan Cranford
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Humphry Slocombe

Using locally produced products from Straus Organic Dairy, Humphry Slocombe is a unique ice-cream shop located in the Mission district of San Francisco. This funky little shop serves up some of the wackiest flavors, including old Hebrew ale, foie gras, butterbeer, candied ginger, government cheese and many other odd but delicious icy concoctions. With over 75 flavors created, 10-12 are usually available in the shop and rotated often. They are also partnered with various restaurants and shops around the city, so getting your hands on some Humphry Slocombe ice-cream is rather easy.

San Francisco, CA, United States
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Fifty Licks

Serving up scoops of gourmet ice cream, prepared in small batches in a delectable array of fresh, seasonal flavors is the modus operandi of local dessert store Fifty Licks. Creating a unique blend of flavors and textures to delight any palate, the ice cream store offers choices like Thai Rice Pudding, Buttermilk Blood Orange Creamsicle, Stumptown Coffee and Chocolate Brown Butter. While kids enjoy the sweet temptations, grown ups can sample some of their innovative Sorbet cocktails like the Velvet Shiso prepared with Shiso leaf, Umeshu plum wine, AlexEli Riesling and Coconut Lemon Saffron Sorbet. The store is small, but cute and is a nice place to spend a warm summer afternoon with a cool treat.

Portland, OR, United States
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Black Dog Gelato

Offering a rotating selection of gelatos and sorbets, Black Dog Gelato in West Town is a cash-only spot allowing diners to try endless samples of ice creams until they can decide the one they want. However, local favorites on the menu include Mexican Hot Chocolate, Butterscotch Bourbon Pecan and Blood Orange Sorbet. You can choose between sitting at the counter where you can see the gelato-making process unfold before your own eyes or sit by the window and soak up the rays. The ice creams and sorbets are made fresh in small batches daily, so try to reach early before they run out of the decadent delicacies.

Chicago, IL, United States
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Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream

Pastry Chef Nicholas Morgenstern’s ice cream parlour is quaintly done up in lovely whites and blues, lending it an old-fashioned charm. However, the frozen treats being churned out of the parlour certainly don't lack innovation and contemporary aesthetics. Each batch is small, and features a unique blend of flavors and textures for the best experience possible. Try unusual concoctions like Sesame Vanilla, Cardamom Lemon Jam, Durian Banana and Black Ass Liquorice to name a few. Seasonal ingredients are at the forefront, so stop by and get a scoop while it's still available.

New York, NY, United States
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Little Baby's Ice Cream

Little Baby's Ice-cream, located in North Philadelphia, serves a unique range of flavors to its customers. Their extensive range of flavors include Chipotle Chocolate, Balsamic Banana and Strawberry Pink Peppercorn, among several others. The parlor uses locally sourced ingredients for its ice-creams which are also hand-made. Also offering vegan and gluten-free flavors, Little Baby's Ice-creams are always a treat for the taste buds.

Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Ample Hills Creamery

Ample Hills Creamery is an absolute must-try if you love frozen treats or are craving some ice cream. With a wide selection of unique flavors, this little diary serves up scoop after scoop of creamy goodness to waiting customers. The ice cream is made from scratch, and they use freshly pasteurized milk, which they do right there on-site. Check out favorites like the Salted Crack Caramel, The Munchies, Peppermint Pattie and Ooey Gooey Butter Cake. The flavors are constantly changing, and favorites do get sold out fast! To check out the latest offerings, visit their Facebook page.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Bi-Rite Creamery

With a cult like following and lines wrapping around the block, Bi-Rite is a San Francisco staple. Offering a wide range of flavors, the Bi-Rite Creamery and Bake shop's menu uses only organic and local goods. Along with the staples like chocolate, vanilla and mint chip, Bi-Rite offers an eclectic mix of seasonal scoops like honey lavender, salted caramel, and tangerine. Whether seated at the wooden bar inside the tiny shop or lounging below the palm trees outside, this is a great place to taste a variety of sweets.

San Francisco, CA, United States
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Nami

Enjoy a mouth watering scoop of goodness at Nami. With the name conceived from their most note-worthy item on the menu, the tSoynami, this quirky spot in Phoenix delights with a range of soy based ice-creams that come in flavors such as O’, Ginger Snap!, Cookie Party, Don Quixote and Fluffernutterin. The cafe also offers coffee fixes and vegan baked goodies for those wanting a bit more. A clever idea suited for those looking for healthier choice when it comes to their favorite dessert. Don't miss their delicious vegan cupcakes.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Browndog Creamery

Browndog Creamery situated in the heart of Northville is a restaurant, cocktail bar and ice cream parlor that is a popular dining destination amongst people in the neighborhood. You can treat yourself to delectable American fare, sweet delicacies and a wide range of cocktails without having to shell out too much at this unique venue. Enjoy a wide range of American dishes, drinks and desserts at dirt cheap price during the happy hour every day of the week from 4p to 6p. The artisan ice cream infused with various spirits served here feature flavors like Chocolate Martini, Rum Chata Raisin and Jacked Up Carrot Cake.

Northville, MI, United States
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Cloud City Ice Cream

Cloud City Ice Cream situated in the heart of Portland is a popular ice cream parlor that is known for its wide range of fresh, handmade sundaes and creamy ice creams. Bourbon Vanilla, Honey Lavender, Raspberry Buttermilk, Mint Chip and Marionberry Crisp are the flavors that are most in-demand. Gluten-free and vegan options at Cloud City Ice Cream means that you can enjoy their ice creams irrespective of your dietary habits.

Portland, OR, United States
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