A simple cone of premium chocolate chip ice cream is a lovely thing on a summer’s day. But North Shore offers so many ice cream iterations to choose from, and it would be a shame not to explore the options. So we’ve rounded up 10 ways to have an ice cream adventure outside the box this summer. Enjoy – we are sure you will!
Creative flavors at Holly Cow | Gloucester, Peabody, Salem
From its beginnings in a small Gloucester storefront, Holy Cow has expanded to three locations, growing a fan base clamoring for its innovative flavors such as Ritzy AF (home-laden Ritz cracker toffee bark buttercream ice cream), Cereal Milk (ice cream soaked with grit). Fruity and studded with marshmallows and cinnamon churro dough.Moreover, the waffles that hold these delights are made fresh to order.They also have traditional flavors and plenty of creative vegan options, making it a great destination for everyone.New flavors are added regularly, so It is a station that rewards frequent visits.
80 Pleasant Street, Gloucester; 181 Fort Ave. , Salem; 86 Andover Street, Peabody; holycowicecreamcafe.com
Rotating special flavors in Melt | safe
Melt offers classic and funky flavours, many of which are inspired by other local food producers. The coffee ice cream uses beans from Atomic Coffee and the Salted Caramel Brownie features Gluten-Free Sea Salt Cake Bits from Salem’s Jodi Bee Bakes. The flavors rotating included unique options such as rose with candied orange, toffee with potato chips, and citrus tea with coconut and honey.
60 Washington Street, Salem, 978-826-5703, meltsalem.com
Baklava Ice Cream at Malethrib | Wakefield
You can’t go wrong with any of Meletharb’s delicious homemade flavors, from espresso chips to simple sweet cream. But for a truly innovative mix of frozen desserts and baked goods, try the baklava ice cream, which is a honey ice cream base dotted with sweet and creamy baklava chunks.
393 Lowell Street, Wakefield, 781-245-4946, meletharbicecream.com
Weekly Drops from Churn & Co. | Danvers
Each week, Churn & Co. launches. One or three new flavors of ice cream in small quantities. Orders open on Thursday nights and customers get their results at Danvers on Friday or Saturday. Previous delicious flavors have included blueberry cheesecake ice cream with salted graham cracker crumbs, honey toasted strawberry ice cream with lemon curd and butter cake, salty brownie ice cream with brownie chunks, pretzel pods, and brownie swirl. Pints are also available at Rusty Can in Byfield.
Original fruit flavors and toppings at Benson | Boxford
Boxford’s beloved Benson honors the seasons each year with a series of homemade flavors and toppings that feature local fruits. Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and peaches appear in the summer, followed by baked apples and spiced pumpkins in the fall.
181 Washington Street, Boxford, 978-352-2911, bensonsicecream.com
Make your own Cookie Monsta Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich | Burlington, Danvers, Swampscott
If you want more than vanilla ice cream among the chocolate chips, the three North Shore locations on Cookie Monstah are just what you need. Choose a flavor of ice cream from a menu of up to 25 options from your favorite Richardson’s. A giant scoop will be layered in between your choice of over a dozen cookies. Coconut Doodle Snickers? Red Velvet Oreo? everything is possible.
75 Newbury Street, Danvers; 76 Burlington Mall Rd., Burlington; 505 Heaven Road, Swampscott, thecookiemonstah.com
M Cocoa Macaroon Ice Cream | Amesbury
The gourmet chocolatiers at M Cocoa whip up their own ice cream and then sandwich it between freshly baked macarons, for a crunchy, creamy, decadent treat. Available in sea salt, caramel, dark chocolate, Tahitian vanilla, chocolate chip mint and coffee.
6 Chestnut Street Amsbury, 617-334-5777, mcacao.com
smorgasbord ice cream in Putnam Pantry | Danvers
Generations of local ice cream lovers have flocked to the popular Putnam Pantry Sundae Bar. Choose your flavor and number of tablespoons, then pile all the nuts, strawberries, hot candy, crushed Oreos, cherry caramel, and other toppings you can handle.
255 Newbury Street, Danvers, 978-774-2383, putnampantry.com
What’s new in Jeff and Maria’s | Groveland
This little out-of-the-way shop is famous for its stuffed Reese’s Peanut Butter Processor sundae, which is definitely worth a try. However, the creative Karimi is constantly dreaming up new concoctions, often based on nostalgic favorites. The Cookie Kraze milkshake loads a creamy shake with Oreos and Chips Ahoy, with some whipped cream and chocolate sauce on top. In the fall, they might serve an cider donut with ice cream and caramel. Follow them on Facebook to get their latest inspiration.
918 Salem Street, Groveland, 978-891-3575, facebook.com/jeffandmarias
Eggpuff Ice Cream at Drink Stir | safe
Drink Stir is part Chinese restaurant and part dessert supplier (bubble tea is also a big menu item), so it makes sense that eggpuff ice cream would combine a favorite Hong Kong street snack with everyone’s favorite frozen dessert. The ice cream is rolled into an egg cake made up of small balls, then layered upon toppings, for a truly unique sundae experience.
99 North Street, Salem, 978-224-2190, drinkstirsalem.com
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