Where can you get the very best ice cream in Central Mass? We asked readers to nominate their favorite spots, and the votes are in…
New City Microcreamery – 28 Main Street, Hudson, MA
Completely handmade ice cream with unique and dreamy flavors, who could no to a bowl of New City Microcreamery’s ice cream? With a fully open kitchen, fresh ice cream, locally sourced coffee, and a plethora of baked treats, you’ll want to come at all hours of the day. Did I mention free WiFi?
Rota Spring Farm – 117 Chace Hill Road, Sterling, MA
Rota Spring Farm’s homemade ice cream is crafted with the freshest cream and ingredients to give their ice cream the perfect taste. With exotic flavors coming out every season, plus all your traditional flavors, you’re bound to leave satisfied.
Kimball Farms – 1543 Lunenburg Road (Rt. 70), Lancaster, MA 01523
With at least fifty ice cream flavors from Chocolate Raspberry to Salty Caramel Pretzel, Kimball Farms has a unique flavor for everyone. The sizes run big so carefully consider getting a small. And, of course, you can’t forget to check out the incredible Grill Shack and their famous Country Store!
Cherry Hill Ice Cream – 826 Leominster Rd, Lunenburg MA
White Thunder. Monster Mash. Muddy Sneakers. No, those aren’t the names of superheroes or what you find when you walk through your front door. Those are ice cream flavors. If you’re curious, go check out Cherry Hill Ice Cream’s homemade specialty and traditional ice cream flavors.
Erikson’s Ice Cream Stand – 12 Great Road, Maynard, MA
Have you ever tried ice cream made with recipes older than your grandmother? No? Then you’ve never been to Erikson’s Ice Cream Stand, an old-fashioned stand with fresh homemade ice cream that has stood the test of time. With flavors from the early 1900s as well as new ones, you can’t go wrong!
Meola’s Wayside Ice Cream – 165 West Boylston St. ( Rt.12 ), West Boylston, MA 01583 /110 Leominster Rd, Sterling, MA 01564 & 681 Central St, Leominster, MA 01453-6165
Family run for 100 years, Meola’s Wayside Ice Cream is now run by third generation Meolas dedicated to high-quality ice cream. Since their start, they have expanded to hold 65 flavors including Bear Claw, Blue Crunch-A-Saurus, and Totally Turtle, plus the more comprehensible German Chocolate Cake, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Maple Walnut Pistachio.
Uhlman’s Ice Cream – 232 East Main Street, Westborough, MA
Have you ever felt like you got cheated on the amount of ice cream in your cone? I can guarantee that won’t be the case at Uhlman’s. With all the classics and more, not to mention allergy friendly, sugar-free, and frozen yogurt, you’ll never be left wanting.
Swirls & Scoops – 68 Worcester St, Grafton, MA
Classic New England window ice cream shop, Swirls & Scoops is a largely favored and popular Ice Cream shop in central Mass. With a great selection of flavors and large portions, they are bound to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Blue Coast Coffee – 274 South Street, Shrewsbury MA 01545
Premium ice cream made locally by a family run business that has stood for 100 years, Blue Coast Coffee has nothing but the best. Sold year round, you can always get your ice cream fix. Be sure to check out the made-to-order ice cream pies in a homemade cookie crust to bring some yummy to your family events.
Bart’s Homemade Ice Cream – 80 School Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
Homemade flavors made with high-quality ingredients, Bart’s has some of the best ice cream in New England. With catchy and creative names and a special something in some of their adult flavors, you can’t resist the pull to order. Not to mention, all of their syrups, from hot fudge to caramel, are made from scratch.
West End Creamery – 481 Purgatory Road, Whitinsville, MA 01588
Indulge in in the silky smoothness of West End Creamery ice cream, take a stab at mini golf, or lose yourself in a six-acre corn maze. What could make for a better day? 65 flavors with seasonal changes year round such as fall’s Witches Brew and Pumpkin, West End Creamery keeps your family experience fresh and exciting.
Mad Willie’s – 963 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA
Made with the finest flavorings and fresh ingredients from Richardson’s Dairy Farm, Mad Willie’s brings creamy goodness to your favorite flavors. Enjoy their tasty Cake Batter and scrumptious Coffee Oreo. Don’t forget to top it off with some homemade whipped cream and peanut butter or hot fudge!
Christopher’s Homemade Ice Cream – Millbury
Above average portions and high-quality homemade production, you can’t go wrong no matter what flavor you choose. The ice cream is natural with no artificial colorings and they certainly don’t skimp on the chips in the ice cream. If you can’t get enough, don’t bother getting a cone, take home a quart!
Howard’s Drive-In – 121 E Main St. West Brookfield, MA 01585
I’m sorry, did you order a small? Are three scoops almost falling off the cone enough? With rich and flavorful ice cream in huge portions, you’ll be set for the day. And make sure to check out their lunch and dinner foods as they’re served hot, fresh, and delicious in… you guessed it, huge portions.
Pinecroft Dairy and Restaurant – 539 Prospect Street, West Boylston, MA 01583
With award-winning service and the “Best Ice Cream Since 1951”, Pinecroft Dairy’s pristine atmosphere will draw you in year-round. Visit the high-quality restaurant during any season and indulge in the creamy goodness of their summer ice cream stand. Don’t miss their astounding summer-long concert series!
Madulka’s Ice Cream – 193 Lake Ave Worcester MA 01604
Located beside the glassy surface of Lake Quinsigamond, Madulka’s ice cream is as scenic as it is delicious. Boat into the dock parking or stop in by car to enjoy so Heavenly Hash or Kahlua Fudge Brownie ice cream. With a flavor for everyone and a view to die for, you just can’t say no!
Ronnie’s Seafood and Ice Cream – 871 Southbridge St. Auburn, MA 01501
Not only do they have savory ice cream ice cream to make your taste buds dance, but their seafood is highly praised. A super friendly environment and seafood and ice cream that’ll keep you coming back Ronnie’s is the perfect place to satisfy your hunger after a long day.
The Haywagon Restaurant – 5 Depot Street, Hopedale, MA
The Haywagon Restaurant is known for having the best ice cream in town. From a banana split to the classic ice cream cone it’s the perfect place to stop around town. Not to mention their delicious make your own sandwich option to ensure you get what you want.
Trombetta’s Farm – 655 Farm Road, Marlborough, MA/ 277 Main Street, Northborough, MA
Who can resist homemade ice cream? With the finest and freshest local ingredients, they take pride in their one of a kind flavors. Their ice cream changes with the seasons from peaches to pumpkins and of course you can always indulge in a refreshing and delectable ice cream pie. And of course, you can check out their charming indoor mini golf course to fill your day with more fun!
Gibson’s Dairy – 50 Sunderland Rd. Worcester, MA 01604
No one makes ice cream better than family. For 75 years, Gibson family recipes have been bringing back customers begging for more. With a seemingly infinite number of toppings from fresh strawberries to gooey homemade brownie bites, you can mix and match until your ice cream is torture. On a cleanse? Well, there are over 20 flavors of non-fat yogurt!
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