14 Ice-Cream Treats Worth Traveling the Country For
From doughnut ice-cream sandwiches to caramelized banana splits
We love ice cream, but let’s take things to the next level, shall we? We scoured the country for the 14 most irresistible frozen treats, from sea to shining sea. After all, it’s totally acceptable to plan a vacation around a churro ice-cream sandwich, right?
1. Churro Ice Cream Sandwich: Churro Borough, Los Angeles, CA
At this L.A. haunt, homemade Mexican Latte ice cream gets stuffed between two fried, sugarcoated churro disks. Come early, because these babies sell out fast.
2. Concrete: Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, St. Louis, MO
“What’s a concrete?” you might ask. Well, it’s frozen custard so thick, you can turn the cup upside down and nothing comes out. At this St. Louis spot, you can order one in flavors like caramel-apple sundae and twisted caramel.
3. Coconut Ash Ice Cream; Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, New York, NY
This hip Lower East Side parlor is constantly introducing trendy, new creations. The jet-black coconut ash ice cream is a must-try, not just because it leaves your mouth black. (It gets its unusual color from charred and processed coconut shells.)
4. The Tchoupitoulas Challenge: Creole Creamery, New Orleans, LA
Your mission at this NOLA ice cream parlor: Finish eight scoops of ice cream, eight different toppings, whipped cream, cherries and wafers…all before ordering the equally famous beignets.
5. Banana Split: Cloud 10 Creamery, Houston, TX
This legendary banana split features three flavors of ice cream (eater’s choice) smothered with brûléed bananas, graham crackers, strawberry jam, Nutella, caramel and whipped cream.
6. Ice Cream Macaron Sandwich: MILK, Los Angeles, CA
This place takes the ice-cream sandwich to a whole new level with flavors like jasmine tea, blue velvet, coffee toffee and fruity pebbles.
7. S’mores Sundae: Churn, Phoenix, AZ
There’s no campfire required to enjoy this frozen take on the campfire favorite made with chocolate ice cream, graham crackers and torched marshmallows.
8. Doughnut Ice-Cream Sandwich: Firecakes Donuts, Chicago, IL
As if these glazed, long john doughnuts weren’t good enough on their own, try adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream in between them.
9. Milkshake: Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer, New York, NY
Warning: these shakes aren’t for the faint of heart. At $15 a pop (and God knows how many calories) they’re loaded with pretzels, cotton candy and peanut butter cups. Oh and did we mention the lines? Yeah, you’ll have to wait in one for about 90 minutes.
10. Boozy Ice Cream: Ice Cream Jubilee, Washington, D.C.
If you find yourself in the nation’s capital, make a point to try the booze-infused ice cream from this Navy Yard hot spot. Think: gin and tonic sorbet; fig, port and goat cheese; and dark and stormy in a cone.
11. Frozen Greek Yogurt: Souvla, San Francisco, CA
It’s only natural that the fro-yo world would catch up with the regular “yo” world, right? Introducting: frozen Greek yogurt topped with crumbled baklava and honey. Yum.
12. Southern Sympathizer: Franklin Fountain, Philadelphia, PA
Heaping portions of ice cream are served in takeout cartons at this Philly mainstay. But the star of the show is the Southern Sympathizer, a sundae of rum raisin and pistachio ice cream, piled high with pistachios, hot caramel, candied cayenne pecans and whipped cream.
13. Brownie Sundae: Bi-Rite Creamery, San Francisco, CA
You can’t go wrong with any sundae at this Mission District staple, but the freshly baked brownie topped with vanilla ice cream is nothing short of legendary.
14. Cereal Milk Ice Cream: Momofuku Milk Bar, New York, NY
Why drink milk when you can eat it in ice cream form? Momofuku’s world-famous soft serve is made from cereal-infused milk and caramelized cornflakes.