Ice cream is one of the greatest aspects of summer in the city, and Boston has dozens of fabulous options - so many, in fact, it can be difficult to make a decision.
What better way to choose the perfect spot than by reading the reviews of your peers? The following three shops are Yelp users' top choices for ice cream spots in Suffolk County.
3. Chill on Park, Dorchester
Alan and Wendy Issokson were adament about building their business in their own local community. Chill on Park has become a beloved staple of Dorchester's Field's Corner.
They offer 32 flavors made by Puritan Ice Cream in Roslindale. The coffee, espresso, tea and bakery items used to compliment their frozen treats are also locally sourced.
Flavors range from traditional chocolate and vanilla to local favorites like Moose Tracks, Grape-Nut and Maple Walnut, and exotic selections like Salted Caramel Truffle, Cotton Candy and Orange Pineapple.
Any flavor can be turned into a classic New England frappe or choose one of their specialty ice cream, milk, and flavor syrup blends like the Mocha Madness, Creamsicle or Almond Joy.
For a truly decadent treat, order your favorite flavor sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies from Haley House Bakery Café in Roxbury.
Yelp users say:
"This place was great! I had to satisfy my sweet tooth and wanted to try somewhere I hadn't been before. There are so many ice cream choices and they all looked delicious."
"The ice cream is good, the serving sizes are generous, and the customer service is excellent. I also like that they are usually playing some amazing slow jams, so you can sing along to Whitney Houston and others as you enjoy your scoops."
2. Cookie Monstah, Boston
Missy Gale is a mom, a Boston local, and a self-proclaimed foodie. After raising kids and dabbling in the corporate world, she decided to make good on her ultimate dream - creating the perfect cookie.
Luckily for us, that dream culminated in the creation of The Cookie Monstah Food Truck, serving Richardson's Ice Cream wedged between two of Gale's "perfect" cookies made from her own tried-and-true recipes.
Sandwich options include The Classic, made with chocolate chunk cookies and vanilla ice cream, The Salty Dog, with salted caramel cookies and totally turtle ice cream, and the Red Monstah, made from green monster ice cream(mint Oreo) sandwiched between two massive red velvet cookies.
In addition to the 14 different cookie sandwich options, you can also opt for a cup of ice cream with a cookie on the side, or a pair of cookies with an ice cold glass of milk.
Yelp users say:
"I'm careful to say when I've had life-changing desserts. The kind that make you want to immediately go buy the same thing again. And then go the next day for lunch. And dinner. THIS is that kind of cookie."
Their cookies + ice cream are amazing! The cookie is very soft and goes well with the rich and creamy ice cream. I got the plain chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream, and I'd definitely like to try other varieties next time!
Visit the new bake shop at 75 Newbury Street in Danvers, or check out the food truck schedule here.
1. FoMu, Boston
With locations in Back Bay, Jamaica Plain, South End and Allston, FoMu is Yelp's number one choice for Boston ice cream. But this is not your ordinary frozen treat shop.
FoMu specializes in all natural, preservative-free, plant-based ice cream made from coconut milk and a blend of organic, natural sweeteners. For those who may dislike or have an allergy to coconut milk, there are also options made from almond, cashew, and fruit-based blends.
Signature flavors such as avocado, sweet lavendar, Tahitian vanilla and bourbon maple walnut are churned in small batches using little air to create a creamy, gelato-like consistency.
Here's what Yelp users had to say:
"This is not your grocery store version of coconut milk ice cream. This is AMAZING. It is so decadent, just like dairy-based ice cream."
"I had the strawberry rhubarb, lavender, and blueberry shortcake. It was delicious! Best ice cream I've had in my entire life and all VEGAN."
For the best ice cream spots in every Massachusetts county, visit Mass Live.