People Props: 10 Best East Coast Ice Cream Shops

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Sunscreen, watermelon, fireworks, and ice cream, that’s what summer’s made of!

We may not have the inside scoop on the best sunscreen but, thanks to our online community (including some of our favorite bloggers), we’ve got the inside scoop on where to snag the tastiest ice cream while the summer months are raging on.

People Props: 10 Best East Coast Ice Cream Shops

Simple Pleasures
8519 Chestnut Avenue
Historic Old Bowie, Maryland 20715

About the Shop: Simple Pleasures Ice Cafe manufactures homemade ice cream daily on the premises and serves delicious cakes, pies, cookies, torts, and pastries that are prepared onsite. Simple Pleasures also serves soups, sandwiches, and salads daily in their cafe. –Simple Pleasures

People Props: “Our whole family (along with most of the Cheverly community!) enjoys ice cream for breakfast when the Simple Pleasures ice cream cart comes to the Cheverly Community Market!” -Aimee Olivo,  Family Friendly Prince George’s

Scoop Deck
6 Eldridge Road
Wells, ME 04090

About the shop:  We offer a huge selection of ice creams, along with sorbets, sherberts, cookies, brownies, soft-serve, frozen yogurt, homemade waffle cones, beverages, hot dogs and more.  -Scoop Deck

People Props: “The Scoop Deck in Wells, Maine is our family’s favorite ice cream shop. We’re lucky enough to visit friends at their beach house every summer, and we always make the Scoop Deck our regular stop for dessert. Their specialty flavors are delicious, their prices reasonable and their portions huge — we never get anything bigger than a kiddie cone!” -Sandie Chen, The DC Moms

Island Creamery
62433 Maddox Blvd.
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336

About the shop: Offering 34 flavors of handmde, homemade ice cream, sorbet, sherbert, and low fat, low carb froezen yogurt served in fresh baked waffle cones.

People Props: “Best ice cream I’ve ever had (and the margarita sorbet was amazing, too!)” –Mary, The Fish Pond

Lakeside Creamery
20282 Garrett Highway
Oakland, MD 21550

About the shop: Lakeside Creamery offers over 90 flavors of ice cream and sherbets made on the premises with only the freshest milk from our local dairy farmers and finest ingredients for flavoring.-Lakeside Creamery

People Props: “Oooh!! If you ever vacation in Deep Creek, you have to go to Lakeside Creamery in Oakland, MD, for the tradition of it and the freaking amazing ice cream. You sit outside and look at the lake while devouring the delicious, and generous, scoops.” –Dawn, My Thoughts Exactly

Hilton Head Ice Cream Shop
55 New Orleans Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

About the Shop: Since 1982, Creegan Edmonds, founder, has been making award-winning, homemade ice cream for locals, tourists and area restaurants. A best of Hilton Head Island winner for over 25 years, Creegan explains, “We are imitated but never duplicated!” –Hilton Head Ice Cream Shop

People Props: “My family and I still talk about hilton head ice cream in hilton head. The best ice cream we have ever head. Made our totally rainy bust of a vacation.  Sometimes we went twice a day!” –Jodi, Jodifur

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Moo Thru
11402 James Madison HWY
Remington, VA 22734

About the Shop: Moo Thru ice cream is made from only the freshest ingredients.  The milk used in Moo Thru ice cream comes from our own prize winning grass fed Holstein herd grazed on a farm along the banks of the Rappahannock River about a mile from Moo Thru.  Our ice cream is flavored by the finest ingredients we can find–locally or from around the world.  All ice cream is churned on the premises in our special machines. –Moo Thru

People Props: “They have ice cream and milk with the creamline from their grass fed hormone free cows. Awesome. You have to get a jug of the chocolate milk, it’s the best you will ever taste.” –Andrea, Andrea’s Recipes

Ashley’s Ice Cream
280 York Street
New Haven, CT

About the Shop: Seven days a week, five gallons at a time, we churn fresh cream with generous amounts of pure vanilla, real chocolate and fresh berries to produce the sinfully richest, creamiest ice cream you’ve ever tasted.  -Ashley’s

People Props: “Slurrrrrp!” –Devra, Parentopia

515 Fayette St
Conshohocken, Pennsylvania 19428

About the Shop: Friendly local ice cream shop known for their delicious ice cream and water ice! As well as milkshakes, special sundaes, special cones, and even dog ice cream! –Scoops

People Props: “It’s an awesome local place with a great variety of flavors and the best milkshakes. We went there at least once a week when I was pregnant. And the owner is there often and super friendly to everyone.” –Rachel, Can’t Google Everything

Acushnet Creamery
264 Main Street
Acushnet, MA 02743

About the Shop: All of the ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet served at Acushnet Creamery is homemade with fresh ingredients and made on the premises. Our customers consider us the BEST ice cream shop on the South Coast and we know you will too! –Acushnet

People Props: “They make all their own ice cream and its next to a park so we can order at the window (since there’s no place to walk into) and then bring our ice cream to the playground!” –Heather, Mommy By The Sea

Heisler’s Cloverleaf Dairy Bar
743 Catawissa Rd
Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252

About the Shop: Heisler’s Dairy Bar has been serving Schuylkill County and surrounding areas since 1957. We still manufacture our own homemade ice cream on the premises in over 33 flavors. We are located in the Beautiful Lewistown Valley.

People Props: “Wonderful ice cream made on site. It’s in the middle of farmland. There’s a driving range and mini golf. Can’t beat it for a fun evening on a hot summer day.” –Kelli, New Market, Maryland

Honorable Mention…

It’s not quite ice cream (because it’s gelato), but so many people recommended this DC spot as the best place to get a cool, sweet treat. Also, you can find them at the Washington National’s ballpark and, they have a truck!

Dolci Gelati
7000 Carrol Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

About the Shop: Dolci Gelati offers many great varieties of gelato with a consistent level of quality that can only be achieved with artisan precision. The process starts every morning with deliveries from local dairy farms and includes handpicked fruits, fine chocolate which Chef Gianluigi imports from a small sustainable farm in Ecuador and tempers himself, and other fresh, rare ingredients.  -Dolci Gelati

People Props: “We love Dolci Gelati! It’s always a treat to stop by the Dolci Gelati Cafe in Takoma Park, enjoy their delicious flavors when at a Nationals’ game at Nats Park (can look for them near sections 113, 135, 229, 310, and President’s Club), or see if their truck is nearby for some gelato or sorbetto. I love their incredible flavors that transport me back to Italy!” –Leticia, Tech Savvy Mama

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