No community would be complete without excellent local businesses, and Westchester's array of ice cream establishments is phenomenal. All of the following ice cream places in Westchester use sustainable and natural ingredients, provide unbeatable customer service, and are much-appreciated staples when it comes to fostering a sense of community.
As its name suggests, Longford’s Small Batch Ice Cream is made with small-batch, authentically-made ice cream made from ingredients that are pronounceable; cream, cane sugar, and other quality ingredients from around the world, such as imported vanilla. They offer nearly 40 flavors, the most popular of which being the famous Cookie Monster. However, a new flavor to try is “Brookies n’Cream, which consists of vanilla ice cream whirled with cookies and brownies.
Longford’s also features flavors with fresh fruit, such as Georgia Peach or Lemon Pie, and there are Vegan options. Another plus is they have outdoor seating!
4 Elm Place, Rye
1941 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont
Housed in what was once a library, the ex-fireman John Caldorola makes 30 all-natural, creative flavors that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. The crowd favorites include Cookie Monster Meets Peanut Butter Cup, Bananas Foster, and Let’s Do Brunch (maple ice cream with bacon and French toast).
Village Creamery & Sweet Shop also features a vast array of seasonal and unique offerings, such as pumpkin pie flavors, ice cream pizza, edible cookie dough, crêpes, açai owls, Italian ices, and penny candy.
32 Broadway, Valhalla
Following several trips to the Midwest and appreciating the frozen custard that has long been popular, Michael Weissman left his 35-year career trading commodities and started Mikey Dubb’s to serve traditional, freshly made (as in, daily, or several times per day) frozen custard to Westchester.
Frozen custard is ice cream, only that it contains 20% air by volume, creating a denser, creamier texture, and some egg yolk, which adds to the mouthfeel and allows the ice cream to be served at a slightly warmer temperature to avoid the dreaded brain freeze. Since this is an old-school staple, vanilla and chocolate are the most popular flavors, although their original creations are also excellent,with upcoming flavors posted on the website’s flavor calendar.
1282 North Avenue, New Rochelle
La Fenice is the place to go if you’re looking for authentic gelato. The owner Simona Silvestri and her husband, gelato maker Salvatore Scuro, are both natives of Lecce in Italy’s Puglia region. They stick to old school, no-nonsense ingredients; organic milk from local farms and thoughtfully sourced ingredients.
Aside from gelato, you can also enjoy their granitas, Italian coffee, and other delicious sweets such as sfogliatelle, cornetti and boxes of biscotti.
3 Prudy Ave, Rye
Ice Cream Social was founded by two high school friends who were distraught by the lack of an ice cream parlor in White Plains. Their dream was more than just a place to find excellent ice cream with natural ingredients, but also a community gathering place for locals to come together and collectively enjoy a simple pleasure.
481 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains
Main Street Sweets is a family owned and operated ice cream parlor offering a selection of homemade ice cream, coffee and espresso beverages, baked goods, and novelty candy, all of which is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!
They also sell hand packed pints and quarts, milkshakes, sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, sorbet, and ice cream cakes made to order. All ice cream is made on the premises, and indoor and outdoor seating is available.
35 Main Street, Tarrytown
Ice cream can only be as good as the milk used, and ice cream from The Blue Pig is made from a specialty mix of milk and cream from Hudson Valley Fresh (free from steroids/antibiotics, high fructose corn syrup, and gums).
Hudson Valley Fresh is a not-for-profit dairy cooperative formed in 1998 to preserve nine family-owned farms in Duchess and Columbia Counties. They are dedicated to quality, sustainability, and local production.
In addition to high-quality milk, they also use real ingredients to their array of flavors. As in, they wash and hull every strawberry, juice pounds of fresh ginger, hand grate cups of lemon zest, and finely toast each nut that gets put into their ice cream.
121 Maple Street, Croton-on-Hudson
Penny Lick Ice Cream Co. is vintage inspired. The name Penny Lick comes from a style of ice cream vending in the 19th century. Before ice cream cones were invented, ice cream was sold in small glasses. They were shaped a bit like a cone, and were heavy cut glass with a shallow depression. The glasses really only held a lick or so of ice cream, and the going rate was one penny.
They believe that ice cream should be wholesome and simple; dairy from local cows treated ethically, sustainable whole food ingredients, and no artificial flavors or colors. They also never use nuts!
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