30+ Spots For Ice Cream in CT: Farms, Stands, and Shops

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Connecticut loves its ice cream!  One afternoon, I posted a casual query to a food lovers Facebook group: “Hello, everyone! I’m working a round-up of all the best places to enjoy ice cream across Connecticut during these hot summer days. What are your favorite spots?”  Within a matter of hours, the post racked up 154 comments along with countless likes, follows, shares, and reactions.  Ice cream enthusiasts were eager to share their favorite spots all across the state, from hidden gems to beloved staples.  Here are 30+ places for spectacular scoops in CT. 

Ferris Acres Creamery, Newtown

Who has the best ice cream in the state?  According to Travel and Leisure, that honor goes to Ferris Acres Creamery in Newtown.  It is appropriately located on Sugar Street.

Kloter’s Ice Cream Barn, Ellington

Jason and Sue Kloter have travelled all over the Northeast to curate the best possible selections of ice cream.  They even have dairy free options like Chocolate Pudding and Toasted Coconut.

UConn Dairy Bar, Storrs

UConn’s Dairy Bar is a hit with the college crowd, but it should be a destination for all ice cream enthusiasts.  In addition to classic scoops and milkshakes, they also have Half Gallons, Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches, Ice Cream Pies, Cupcakes and Parfaits.

Royal Ice Cream, Manchester

This family owned spot has been scooping up business since 1926.  They distribute their ice cream throughout the state, though you can stop into their remodeled showroom with viewing windows to see the ice cream being made.

Canton Creamery, Canton

Canton Creamery, located at Petals and Paws, crafts delicious homemade micro-batch ice cream, featuring fresh local ingredients from Connecticut farms .

Arethusa Farm Dairy, Bantam

You can’t have a conversation about CT ice cream without mentioning Arethusa!  Made with 16% butterfat, the “super premium” old-fashioned ice cream comes in an array of flavors.

Tulmeadow Farm Store, West Simsbury

Tulmeadow started making ice cream in 1994.  Today, they offer over 50 different flavors of very rich 16% butterfat gourmet ice cream.  You can also find their quarts at some local retailers and restaurants.

Grassroots Ice Cream, Granby

Grassroots constantly creates new flavors so their offerings are always fresh and exciting.  They scoop 36 flavors at a time, though they are always rotating.

Robbs Farm, South Glastonbury

Robbs Farm is a working livestock farm.  However, they also serve up delectable homemade ice cream that you can enjoy at picnic tables overlooking the scenery.

Scoops and Sprinkles, Rocky Hill

The Rocky Hill Chamber of Commerce named Scoops and Sprinkles the 2019 Business of the Year and gave it the 2019 Best of Rocky Hill award for Best Desserts/Treats/Ice Cream.  Book their ice cream cart for your next event. 

Main Street Creamery & Café, Wethersfield

Readers love this spot because it caters to an assortment of ice cream lovers.  Check out their gluten free, lactose free, and vegan flavors… and cones!

Praline’s Own Made Ice Cream, Wallingford

Praline’s Own Made Ice Cream was founded in 1984 by the late Joe Torre and his wife Donna Torre in Wallingford Connecticut.  Today, there are locations across the state.

Cromwell Creamery, Cromwell

The family behind this beloved spot has been in the dairy business for 40 years!  Their soft serve is made with 10% milk fat while the hard ice cream is made with at least 14% mix.

Wentworth Homemade Ice Cream, Hamden

Come for the ice cream and stay for the outdoor seating.  With benches and a gazebo, Wentworth’s provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy your cone.

The Collins Creamery, Enfield

Located at Powder Hill Farm, The Collins Creamery has over 20 flavors, including fat free and sugar free options.

Michael’s Dairy, New London

Located at Mitchell College, Michael’s Dairy is loved by both college students and the New London community at large.  Be sure to check out their Sundae of the Month!

Goody Bassett’s Olde Fashioned Ice Cream Shop, Stratford

This family-owned ice cream shop looks out onto Stratford’s main street.  Order up a sundae for yourself or a scoop for your pooch- they have dog-friendly ice cream!

Mortensen Dairy Ice Cream, Newington and Cromwell

Mortensen Dairy Ice Cream has been serving homemade ice cream in Connecticut for 100 years!  Elmer Mortensen first started delivering milk door to door back in 1915 and it has stayed in the family for generations.

Chatham Creamery, East Hampton

Recently opened, Chatham Creamery serves up the famous Gifford’s Ice Cream from Maine.  In addition to hard ice cream, they have sherbet, frozen yogurt, soft serve, and more.

Rich Farm Ice Cream, Oxford

At this family-owned spot in Oxford, All of the ice cream is made daily on the farm, using only the highest quality ingredients.  Love oreos?  They have specials inspired by the cookie.

Milkcraft, Fairfield, West Hartford, and New Haven

The first Milkcraft opened in Fairfield in the spring of 2016, with a second location popping up in West Hartford one year later.  Now a third location is open in New Haven.  The ice cream base starts with solely New England farm milk which is free of antibiotics, hormones, and steroids. All natural and organic (whenever possible) ingredients are added. Milkcraft contains no eggs and is gluten-free. 

Stew Leonard’s, Norwalk, Newington, and Danbury

Stew Leonard’s froze yogurt and soft serve ice cream is beloved in Connecticut.  Now, you can even try it alongside their edible cookie dough.

Fish Family Farm Creamery & Dairy, Bolton

The ice cream here comes straight from the farm’s very own jersey cows… who you can meet as you enjoy your treats!

Drop & Fry, Stamford

Drop & Fry has been dishing out a dozen different fried ice cream combos. Under their “Wild Creations” section of the menu, expect indulgences like Strawberry Pleasure (strawberry ice cream, strawberry syrup, fresh strawberries), Oh No Cookie Dough (cookie dough ice cream with a hot fudge center, cookie dough topping), or even Rise of the Nutella (chocolate chip ice cream filled with Nutella spread, topped with hot fudge, and more Nutella).

Old Lyme Ice Cream Shop & Café, Old Lyme

The ice cream is hand crafted with Super-Premium 16% Butter Fat Cream.  In addition to ice cream, they also have a café menu with soups, salads, sandwiches, and more.

Buttonwood Farms, Griswold

Though this farm is famous for their July sunflower display, they also serve up over 50 flavors of farm fresh ice cream.

Salem Valley Farms, Ice Cream

Lots of readers sent in recommendations for Salem Valley Farms.  Enjoy their ice cream and sorbets on premise, or purchase it to take home.  Open 7 days!

HK Dairy Barn, Higganum

HK dishes out ice cream made by J. Foster, premium scoops made locally in Simsbury.  Grab a scoop or order one of their custom cakes, their specialty.

Peaches n Cream, Litchfield

Under new management since 2015, Peaches n Cream makes all of its ice cream on the premises with high quality natural ingredients. They also make their own hot fudge, red raspberry, blueberry, and maple walnut toppings, for their sundaes.

Gelatissimo,  New Canaan

Nuccia, owner of Gelatissimo, developed her passion for gelato when she was just a little girl in Como, Italy.  She brought her skills to New Canaan, where patrons can order tasty scoops of authentic gelato.  It’s no wonder the New York Times raved about it.

Smyth’s Ice Cream Stand, Enfield

Smyth’s in Enfield is open seasonally March 1st - November 1st.  Can’t decide what flavor to get?  Their sampler allows you to pick 4.

Cream & Sugar Café, Bethel

Only two words for this spot- dessert insanity!  For over-the-top Instagram worthy frozen desserts, check out this spot in Bethel.