Best Ice Cream in Boston

2015 Best Ice Cream

J. P. Lick’s

Boston

This was a winner in our 2015 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2015 winners…Read More

2014 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

We can confidently say that we’ve sampled just about every cone in Greater Boston—and scoop by scoop, Gus Rancatore’s Central Square ice cream shop remains unchallenged. The endless array of…Read More

2013 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

Owner Gus Rancatore is a bona fide gourmet, a guy with a penchant for combining unusual flavors and unique textures. As a result, his inventive ice creams—in flavors like goat…Read More

2012 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

The one downside to ordering at Toscanini’s is trying to choose from flavors like the obscenely rich B3 (brown butter, brownie, and brown sugar); tangy, creamy goat cheese-brownie; and exotic…Read More

2012 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

The one downside to ordering at Toscanini’s is trying to choose from flavors like the obscenely rich B3 (brown butter, brownie, and brown sugar); tangy, creamy goat cheese-brownie; and exotic…Read More

2011 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

The rest of the country can have their thin (ice cream-free) milkshake; we Yankees will happily take the frapp—preferably from Toscanini’s, where the ice cream is supernatural and the milk…Read More

2011 Best Ice Cream, Classic

Picco

Boston

Connoisseurs of pure and simple ice cream are all about two things: richness of flavor and quality of texture. Picco delivers both, first by using the most intense ingredients available…Read More

2011 Best Ice Cream, Exotic

Christina’s

Cambridge

No child’s play, this. Christina’s ice cream is an acquired and—unless your offspring have preternatural palates—grownup taste. By that we mean green tea. Adzuki bean. Carrot cake. Fresh rose. Herbal…Read More

2010 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

It’s insanely rich, full of intense flavor, and made right on-site. Quite simply: This is a place that all ice cream aficionados must go before they die. Our all-time favorite…Read More

2010 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

There’s no tastier version of the New England staple than Toscanini’s traditional vanilla malted frappe—not just in the Hub, but anywhere under the sun. Oh, and when it is under…Read More

2009 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

This sweet spot’s rotating cast of ultracreamy flavors ranges from worldly (burnt caramel, bananas foster) to otherworldly (mango chili, sage) and everything in between, providing thrills for ice cream traditionalists…Read More

2008 Best Ice Cream

Christina’s

Cambridge

Partisans know Christina’s does weird very, very well. Honey-lavender? Refreshing. Kaffir lime? Luscious. What truly sets it apart, however, is its finesse with more-familiar flavors, like coffee, pistachio, even vanilla—not…Read More

2008 Best Ice Cream

Christina’s

Cambridge

Partisans know Christina’s does weird very, very well. Honey-lavender? Refreshing. Kaffir lime? Luscious. What truly sets it apart, however, is its finesse with more-familiar flavors, like coffee, pistachio, even vanilla—not…Read More

2007 Best Ice Cream, Cape Cod

Sundae School

Harwich Port

Sundae School started as a mom-and-pop operation—and a reason for founders Paul and Andrea Endres, then living in Milton, to spend their summers on the Cape. Three decades and three…Read More

2007 Best Ice Cream

Christina’s

Cambridge

Bostonians, you may have heard, eat more ice cream per capita than anyone else in America. That makes us a tough bunch to wow—which is exactly what Christina’s does with…Read More

2007 Best Ice Cream, Martha's Vineyard

Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium

Oak Bluffs

While every scoop shop on the Vineyard proffers a rainbow of flavors, none do so with as much imagination as Ben & Bill’s, which mixes things up with options that…Read More

2007 Best Ice Cream, Berkshires

Soco Creamery

Lenox

Despite its metropolitan moniker, this year-round treat shop brims with local flavor. The homemade ice cream is churned out in myriad varieties, including velvety black raspberry, cake batter, and mint…Read More

2007 Best Ice Cream, Nantucket

The Juice Bar

Nantucket

We’ll spare all you dogged ice cream testers the brain freeze and bellyache, the stained clothes and the extra pounds: On Nantucket, the only ice cream of consequence is at…Read More

2006 Best Ice Cream, Cape Cod

Four Seas

Centerville

Compared to, say, Ben & Jerry’s, the list of flavors at this Centerville favorite doesn’t seem particularly innovative. But Four Seas, which has been in business since 1934, was the…Read More

2006 Best Ice Cream, Martha's Vineyard

Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium

Oak Bluffs

It takes a brave soul to sample lobster ice cream, and an even braver one to put it on a menu. But Ben & Bill’s is that bold and, after…Read More

2006 Best Ice Cream, Berkshires

Berkshire Ice Cream

Lee

You’re hot; it’s cold. Ice cream in the summer is a no-brainer. Ordering Berkshire Ice Cream, on the other hand, is hardly straightforward: the 67 all-natural varieties—espresso crunch, peach, black…Read More

2006 Best Ice Cream, Nantucket

The Juice Bar

Nantucket

Island living might seem easy, but it sure ain’t fair. Hear us out: Stroll past the Juice Bar and the aroma of homebaked waffle cones comes wafting out. Inside, the…Read More

2005 Best Ice Cream, Nantucket

The Juice Bar

Nantucket

A poll of professional 10- to 13-year-old ice cream aficionados proved that this no-frills Steamship Wharf spot is practically an institution. The Juice Bar’s rich and creamy scoops are served…Read More

2005 Best Ice Cream, Cape Cod

Four Seas

Centerville

It doesn’t get sweeter than Four Seas, where flavor favorites include lemon crisp and peach, and homemade toppings range from Melba sauce to crème de menthe. Best of all: You…Read More

2005 Best Ice Cream, West

Bedford Farms Ice Cream

Bedford

Locals love the smooth, creamy texture of the sweet ice cream at this no-frills spot. Order a cone of ginger, Grape-nut, or mud pie, or opt for soft-serve or frozen…Read More

2005 Best Ice Cream, Martha's Vineyard

Mad Martha’s Homemade Ice Cream

Edgartown

Tourists and locals alike are so mad for Mad Martha’s that the line stretches out the door till closing time each night. Given this shop’s flavors, which range from peppermint…Read More

2005 Best Ice Cream

Christina’s

Cambridge

Yeah, yeah, we all scream for ice cream, but we go nuts over the creativity and whimsy of Christina’s. Owner Ray Ford draws inspiration from exotic spices, fruits, even vegetables,…Read More

2005 Best Ice Cream, Berkshires

Berkshire Ice Cream

Lee

This sensational ice cream is a true guilty pleasure. Sold at area stores, the tasty treats come in gourmet flavors including black raspberry, ginger, coffee, and spiced pumpkin. The colorfully…Read More

2004 Best Ice Cream, North

Benson’s Homemade Ice Cream

Boxford

A sweet roadside stand that serves handmade ice cream from local cows’ milk, scooped by fresh-faced neighborhood teens on summer break—Benson’s is straight off the cover of the Saturday Evening…Read More

2004 Best Ice Cream, Cape Cod

Sundae School

Harwichport

Cape Cod sometimes feels as though it’s sinking under the weight of its many ice cream shops, but Sundae School rises above with handmade, creamy flavors in such addictive permutations…Read More

2004 Best Ice Cream, South

Farfar’s

Duxbury

Maybe you hate the beach. Maybe beautiful homes and manicured lawns make you sick. If you’re an ice cream lover, you still have one great reason to go to Duxbury:…Read More

2004 Best Ice Cream, Martha's Vineyard

Mad Martha’s

Edgartown

With locations in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, and Vineyard Haven, Mad Martha’s sees to it that you don’t have to go far to get your ice cream fix. It produces some…Read More

2004 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini

Cambridge

There are plenty of Boston ice cream shops worthy of caloric indulgence, but none as enticing as this one. The selection may not be the biggest in town, but it’s…Read More

2003 Best Ice Cream, South

Farfar’s Danish Ice Cream Shop

Duxbury

The real ice-cream aficionado’s conundrum: Once you’ve gone Danish, you’ll never go back. If that Danish is Farfar’s, however, you’ll go back repeatedly. This isn’t your over-the-top carnival of crazed…Read More

2003 Best Ice Cream

Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream

Cambridge

With all due respect to the old-fashioned flavors at Brigham’s and the rich, smooth scoops at Toscanini’s, we keep coming back to Christina’s. This Inman Square institution continues to distinguish…Read More

2002 Best Ice Cream

Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream

Cambridge

You know the contenders as well as we do, and the good-natured competition they generate is making area ice cream better by the minute. Case in point: Christina’s, which is…Read More

2002 Best Ice Cream, South

Farfar’s Danish Ice Cream Shop

Duxbury

For decades, this much-adorned creamery has been the real reason why school kids in Duxbury yearn for summer and dads in whale belts try to work off calories on the…Read More

2001 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

Toscanini’s understands that life can be as simple as vanilla and chocolate or as complicated as burnt caramel or gingersnap molasses. Whatever your philosophical fancy, this heavenly ice cream parlor…Read More

2000 Best Ice Cream, Near

White Mountain Creamery

Wellesley

On the basis of its sweet banana ice cream alone, White Mountain Creamery is a winner. Made by the brothers Ramos (Glen’s been churning it out for 15 years; Craig…Read More

2000 Best Ice Cream, Far

Erikson’s Dairy

Maynard

All of the ice creams at Erikson’s—a fourth-generation outfit that’s been around for 63 years—are unbelievably rich and thick, and thankfully not too sweet. It may be less well-known than…Read More

1999 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

You need not travel to Italy to taste the best. Each bite of Toscanini’s divine ice cream conjures memories of Italian piazzas, gelato peddlers, and starry summer nights. Simple is…Read More

1998 Best Ice Cream

Christina’s Homemade Icecream

Cambridge

Cones from this cute Inman Square shop lick sweeter, silkier, and stronger than the rest, and for less moolah. Ice cream here has it all: mastery of the oft-muddled sugar/…Read More

1997 Best Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

This stuff is outrageously creamy. The consistency is mousse-like without being airy, rich without being heavy. Toscanini’s selection of original flavors seems to change hourly (depending on how busy they…Read More

1996 Best Ice Cream, South Shore

Hilliard’s House of Candy

North Easton

The summertime venture of this family candy business is creamy and extra rich. The chocolate chip is the best anywhere. Chewy Turtle Soup is coffee ice cream studded with Hilliard’s…Read More

1996 Best Ice Cream, Metro West

Herbie’s Ice Cream

Sudbury

Maybe it’s the White Chocolate Blizzard, the heady Rum Raisin, or the Chocolate Raspberry Truffle. No, it’s the Mud-Slide Chip—ice cream for grownups, with Kahlua, bailey’s, and vodka. We keep…Read More

1996 Best Ice Cream, Boston

Herrell’s Ice Cream

Allston

The ice cream created by the original ice cream genius, Steve Herrell. He’s still got it, as each delectable flavor from maple cream to malted vanilla to ultrarich chocolate pudding,…Read More

1996 Best Ice Cream, North Shoe

White Farms

Ipswich

The key lime pie, complete with a ripple of graham-cracker crust, is remarkable. So is Coco Jamocha Chip, coffee-mocha ice cream spiked with rum and sprinkled with toasted coconut and…Read More

1995 Best Ice Cream, Suburban

Richardson’s Ice Cream

Middleton

Sure, the ice cream is terrific, but half the fun at this popular stand is the accompanying entertainment: a batting cage, a driving range, a mini golf course, and a…Read More

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