Get The Scoop: Top 10 Cones in The County
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” No problem, Mr. President! Fairfield County has an abundance of outstanding ice cream shops to make our summer days sweeter! Below are my 10 top scoops (yes, I’ve done the tough job of tasting them all!!). Don’t see your favorite among them? Show them some love in the comments!
Carol Kaliff / Danbury News-Times
Ferris Acres Creamery, Newtown: Premium ice cream made daily on the premises of the last working dairy farm in Fairfield County. You’ll have to wait – sometimes the line stretches around the open-air shop, but I assure you, it’s worth it. Listen to the cows low in the distance while you ponder the seemingly endless list of flavors (and try to pick just one…or two!). Standouts include Caramel Apple Pie (vanilla ice cream, with chunks of their homemade apple pie and ribbons of caramel), Paradise Found (coconut ice cream with fudge, coconut and almonds), and their signature flavor, Cow Trax (vanilla ice cream with swirls of peanut butter and caramel and dotted with mini chocolate chips). Located on (aptly named) Sugar Street, it’s a drive worthy of a summer Sunday afternoon.
Gelatissimo Artisan Gelato, New Canaan: The most authentic gelato I’ve had outside of Rome – probably because proprietor Andrea Mazzonetto imports many of the ingredients directly from Italy. Mazzonetto whips up small batches in-store daily and bases her flavor portfolio on seasonal fruits. Palate refreshing rosemary or basil gelato sounds weird, but tastes delicious. 26 Forest St, New Canaan, (203) 966-5000
Longford's, Old Greenwich & Other Locations: This year Longford's celebrates 20 years of churning out premium ice cream and they are still using the same small batch process – swirls of gooey dulce de leche and chocolate fudge make their into ice creamby way of a pastry bag, hand squeezed into ribbons of ice cream as it is being coaxed from the ice cream maker into containers. It’s a two man process that takes time and precision. Longford's is sold locally at their franchised locations in Rye and Old Greenwich, Frosty Bear in Westport, and Glenville Scoops in Greenwich. See website for locations.
Timothy’s Ice Cream, Black Rock: Owned and operated, by the Larkin clan, this Black Rock gem has been winning “Best Of” awards for 30 years. The Larkins use only superior ingredients to craft his product. Get yours served up in a freshly pressed waffle bowl so that the ice cream melts inside…heavenly! 2974 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport (203) 366-7496
Sweet Ashley’s, East Norwalk: Located just past the East Norwalk train station this unassuming little spot has gone undiscovered by many of our local food bloggers (check it out guys!!). Flavors like rum raisin, strawberry cheesecake, and toasted coconut are made fresh daily by owner Steve Tyminski. 248 East Ave Norwalk, (203) 866-7740
IlBacio, Danbury: Another family run operation (there must be an undiscovered gene for “ice cream business”), with a well established clientele, Il Bacio delivers house-made frozen treats with innovative flavors like vanilla pudding, coffee biscotti, and german chocolate cake. In addition to ice cream, owner Tony Nascimento also makes 16 varieties of dairy-free Italian ices – unlike the icy-lumps of frozen water you can buy at the supermarket, these have a creamy consistency and an abundance of flavor. 30 Germantown Rd, Danbury Phone:(203) 794-1184
Dr. Mike’s, Bethel: This pint-size shop along Bethel’s charming Greenwood Avenue offers only 8 flavors at any one-time, but they are all outrageously delicious! Owner Robert Allen’s signature flavor, chocolate lace, is not to be missed – sweet cream ice cream studded with webs of chocolate coated caramel candy sourced from his neighbors at Hauser Chocolates. 158 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, Phone:(203) 792-4388
Brendan’s 101, Rowayton: Take a step back in time at Brendans 101 in Rowayton – kids stroll to this local favorite with their buddies, for a scoop of hand-packed ice cream – Uncle Kimo’s coconut almond bar is like a frozen Almond Joy. Fun fact: the building that houses Brendans was the original Rowayton Library! 101 Rowayton Ave, Rowayton, 203-853-1050
Sunny Daes, Multiple locations: There are often long lines at this Fairifeld County favorite for their homemade ice cream, gelato, and sorbet. Owner Sergio Keskin blends his kid-approved flavors like bubblegum, cotton candy, party cake, and watermelon sorbet all night, so you can enjoy them fresh daily. Locations: Stamford, Westport, Trumbull, Fairfield
And because there are so many soft-serve aficionados out there, I’m going to include one in my list - Mr. Frosty’s in East Norwalk and Harbor Point, Stamford makes a custard-y soft serve that’s ultra-thick and creamy. 6 1st St, East Norwalk, (203) 642-3073 or 200 Commons Park S Stamford, (203) 564-3889
Honorable Mention: Walnut Beach Creamery, Milford: Even though it’s located in New Haven County, Walnut Beach Creamery is one of my absolute favorites!! Incredible, innovative flavors (carrot cake, lavender-fig, Guinness!!) and a super-friendly staff. Everything is handmade on-site with mostly local ingredients.
Ferris Acres Creamery, Newtown
Gelatissimo Artisan Gelato, New Canaan
Longfords, multiple locations
Timothy’s Ice Cream, Black Rock
Sweet Ashley’s, East Norwalk
Il Bacio, Danbury
Dr. Mike’s, Bethel
Brendan’s 101, Rowayton
Sunny Daes, multiple locations
Mr. Frosty’s, Norwalk and Stamford
Walnut Beach Creamery, Milford