Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Follow the Ice Cream Trail: Sundae Drives

We've had the Art Trail, the Freedom Trail, have to mention the Wine Trail, the kind of trail that goes mostly uphill, and now the Ice Cream Trail, the most delicious one of all. Sounds like my kind of trail.

A newly released brochure from the Eastern Regional Tourism District of Connecticut lists 35 places from the Quiet Corner, to the shoreline to get yourself a cold one, or a hot fudge number. From a 50s Era Ice Cream Stand in Putnam, to home or Connecticut made, farms, mansions, museums and more.

As the brochure says, "Nothing licks a hot Summer day like an ice cream cone." True, but why limit yourself to Summer?" Check out the best ice cream Connecticut has to offer on the trail.

The "Follow the Ice Cream Trail: Sundae Drives," brochure is available in PDF Format at

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Ice Cream Tour of Connecticut

There's truly nothing like a delicious scoop of ice cream on a hot summers day. My sister-in-law and her family roamed America's third smallest state in search of yumminess last summer... and this is what they found, and how they rated...

So, What's with all the Spoons?

The Ratings

Don't bother...

Getting better... but factor in the cost of gas before you go.

That's what I'm talkin' about!

If this establishment were ever taken over by a foreign power and the invaders erected a 20-foot electrified barbed-wire fence AND posted sharp-shooters all around the perimeter AND dug a 30 foot moat AND stocked it with piranha... I would die trying to liberate it.

Hartford County

Tulmeadow Farms
255 Farms Village Road, West Simsbury, Connecticut
Phone: (860) 658-1430
Map and Directions
Sweet nectar of life... man this is good stuff.
I love the SWEET CREAM flavor the best, but be advised that it's not sold by the scoop, you have to go into the attached store and buy it by the pint or the quart. If you just want what's at the stand... go for the PUMPKIN. Remember though, this is a working farm so interesting smells abound. Be prepared to jump in your car and leave after you score your ice cream.

Fairfield County

Cafe Cogolulu
991 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897
Phone: (203) 544-6000
Map and Directions
I gelato-ed my way through 5 different cities in Italy, and this place beats 3 of them. WHIPPED CREAM... need I say more? If it's available, try the GRAPE. It doesn't have that artificial flavor more accurately described as PURPLE. It looks and tastes like, well, grapes!

Dr. Mike's Ice Cream Shop
158 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT
Phone: (203) 792-4388
Map and Directions

If you accidently drive past Dr. Mike's, don't worry about it... but make sure to turn around and go back. Tucked in the back of a plaza, this tiny place serves up some of the best ice cream. Try the FRENCH SILK.

Timothy's Ice Cream
2974 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT
(203) 366-7496
Map and Directions

The ice cream was good... but not great. I was more impressed with their waffle cones, made right behind the counter.

Sweet Ashley's
248 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06855
Phone: (203) 866-7740
Map and Directions

The best CAKE BATTER ice cream I've ever had... and believe me, my experiments in this area have been thorough! Just a great all-around ice cream place.

New Haven County

Big Dipper Ice Cream & Yogurt Parlour
91 Waterbury Road, Prospect, CT 06712
Phone: (203) 758-3200
Map and Directions

The only place I've ever been to that sells the ice cream by weight, which is great when you have small children. Go for the TOASTED ALMOND if you get the chance.

Rich Farm Ice Cream Shop
691 Oxford Rd, Oxford, CT
Phone: (203) 881-1040
Map and Directions
Livestock and ice cream... what a combination! Throw the kids into the car, bring 'em here, then let 'em run wild. If you venture in on a day when MANNY'S BANANIE is available, go for it. The kids will love COOKIE MONSTER.

Wentworth Homemade Ice Cream
3697 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT
Phone: (203) 281-7429
Map and Directions

Warm peanut butter available... how dreamy. Go in, grab yourself a waffle cone full of S'MORES, then cut your guilt in half by walking it off at the Sleeping Giant State Park right down the street.

New London County

Hall Mark Drive In
113 Shore Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371
Phone: (860) 434-1998
Map and Directions

Tasty flavors like GINGERBREAD and RASPBERRY OREO COOKIE await you at this long shack near the beach. Be advised... this place is packed during the summer months.

Litchfield County, Tolland County, Windham, and Middlesex Counties

Nothing to report from these necks of the woods... check back later. Do you have anything to add? Have you found a fabulous scoop and want to share the secret? Email me at linzi at thisisct dot net.

See Related posts about Ice Cream in Connecticut.

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day - April 17th!

Who doesn't love ice cream? Who doesn't love FREE ice cream? On Tuesday April 17th from 12pm until 8pm participating Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops around the world, and right here in Connecticut too, will be hosting Ben & Jerry’s Annual Free Cone Day.

Here are the participating locations in Connecticut:

Ben & Jerry's Canton
110 Albany Turnpike, Suite 703
Shoppes at Farmington Valley
Canton, CT 06019

Ben & Jerry's Westfield Enfield Mall
90 Elm Street
Enfield, CT 06082

Ben & Jerry's Branford
978 Main Street
Branford, CT 06405

Ben & Jerry's Westport
14 Post Road East
Westport, CT 06880

Ben & Jerry's Mohegan Sun
Mohegan Sun Casino Complex
Uncasville, CT 06382


Thursday, July 21, 2005

We All Scream For....

All this hot, hot, icky, sticky weather over the past week or so has got me thinking about ice cream. Cold, creamy, delicious. In a non-scientific poll I've surveyed the best places in Connecticut to get some of that cold sweet relief.

Dippin' Dots "The Ice Cream of the Future!" Try some delicious Orange (my favorite!), or try mixing different flavors together such as Rainbow Ice and Watermelon to see what you like best. It stays cold for a long time, and there's no messy spills involved. (Various locations in CT).

Cold Stone Creamery "this ice cream rocks and the world agrees" according to their website. I'm with them! They're famous for "smooshing" their ice cream with your choice of toppings, and they're not skimpy on portions either. I recently had a "small" Strawberry Shortcake (Vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, yellow cake, and strawberries smooshed together) and wow, it was so big I could hardly finish it. (But I did). (Various locations in CT).

AC Petersen Farms Fresh store made ice cream in an old-fashioned family atmosphere, sundaes topped with hand-whipped cream. Voted Best Family Dining in Hartford County. You can buy huge tubs, more like vats really, to take home with you. (West Hartford, CT).

Buttonwood Farm Farm Fresh Ice Cream, Yogurt, and sorbet made by the Button family since 1998. So many flavors that there is something for everyone here. Purple Cow anyone? (Griswold, CT).

PRALINE'S of MIDDLETOWN say they have "The Best Scoop in Town," and were voted Best Ice Cream Shop in a Hartford Advocate 2004 Readers Poll. (Middletown, CT).

I quote my two-year-old niece when I say "Nummeeeeee!" Where's your favorite place to go for ice cream?

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