Stopping for ice cream is a favorite activity for New Englanders and visitors in the summer. In New Hampshire, a great ice cream cone beckons as you cruise the scenic highways of the state. Slow down going through a town or village so you can spot the ice cream stand or the dairy bar.
Each claims to have the best ice cream of all. It might be their own recipe and even cream from their own dairy or it might be a locally celebrated brand like Shain’s of Maine (started in Sanford, Maine) or Gifford’s famous ice cream.
The Allains having ice cream at Sebago Lake.
The advertisements are hard to resist. Decadent brownie sundaes. Lusciously thick frappes. You might want to make it a challenge to work on next summer. How many ice cream shops can you visit? Please, come back and tell us which one you think has the best ice cream.
Here are a few in Central NH to get you started: Lone Oak in Rochester, Bly Farm in Wolfeboro, Rockin Ryan’s in Sanbornville, The Pink House in Milton, and Dewey’s Ice Cream Parlor & Cafe in Center Harbor. To make it easier for you, here’s the NH Ice Cream Trail with addresses and maps. The NH Public Radio put out another list which has some different locations for tasty ice cream.
Once you get to the ice cream stand, it can be torture trying to make up your mind. Do you want maple walnut or black cherry or a new flavor just offered that day? Here’s one that tempted me at Lone Oak. Lilac City Pothole…white chocolate, red raspberry and black raspberry ice cream with chocolate cookie dough. I usually go with my old favorite, butter pecan.
I just saw Lone Oak’s fall flavors which are available now.
- Indian Pudding…molasses, corn meal, cinnamon, ginger and other spices. A New England fall favorite.
- Pumpkin Caramel Crumble…Salted Caramel and cinnamon oat crumble swirled through pumpkin ice cream!
And they have almond milk non-dairy soft serve flavors…Vanilla / Black Raspberry / Twist.
Lone Oak Ice Cream stand in Rochester – photos by Virginia Allain
OK, who’s up for the Summer 2018 Ice Cream Challenge? You can even get a head start and try some of the shops this fall.