The first stop on this tour through frozen dessert land is Gumdrops and Lollipops in downtown Niantic, with their incredible homemade ice cream sandwiches and old fashioned candy shop (or should I say shoppe?). G & L has favorites like Almond Joy, Chocolate, Marshmallow, or special creations of (giant) ice cream sandwiches, floats, and ice cream sodas. Talk about sugar shock!
Next up, the land of Milkshake Mondays at Berry's Ice Cream in downtown New London, Connecticut. Seriously though, buy one get one free milkshakes on Mondays. How can you go wrong? At the recommendation of the woman working in the shop, I ordered the Thin Mint milkshake made with chocolate milk. Wow, it actually tasted like eating an ice cream version of the beloved Girl Scout cookie.
Are you dying for some ice cream yet?
Probably the coolest of the bunch (at least for a week or so of the year) is Buttonwood Farms in the actual middle of nowhere Griswold, Connecticut. Because of their rural location, Buttonwood Farms has the space to grow 10 acres of bright yellow sunflowers, which draws visitors from all over New England. This year (2015), their sunflower event, which ran from July 18 to July 26, raised 190,659 USD for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Beautiful flowers, tasty ice cream, AND a good cause - I'm all over that.
Last but certainly not least is Michael's Dairy, an old standby in New London, Connecticut. Open since 1938 as a milk processing dairy, Michael's Dairy is now run by students in Mitchell College's Department of Hospitality and Tourism. Cool, right? My favorite ice cream that they serve - Caramel Chocolate Pretzel - I could absolutely go for a scoop of that right now!
Gumdrops and Lollipops: 334 Main Street, Niantic, CT website (FYI their website plays music - huge pet peeve!)
Berry's Ice Cream: 60 Bank Street, New London, CT website
Buttonwood Farms: 473 Shetucket Turnpike, Griswold, CT website
Michael's Dairy: 629 Montauk Avenue, New London, CT website
Where can you get your favorite ice cream? What is your favorite flavor?