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16 Artisan Ice Cream Brands You Need to Try This Summer

Get ready to find your new favorite ice cream. Our picks for the best ice cream brands include unique flavors, fun products and allergy-free options.

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Alec’s Ice Cream

The all-organic ice creams from Alec’s are made with milk from pasture-raised cows in California and are free from artificial ingredients, chemicals and dyes. So, you can feel good about going in for a second (or third, or fourth) scoop of Mint Chocolate Chip or Honey Blueberry Lavender.

Want to learn how to make professional ice cream like this at home? We’ve got tips!

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Southern desserts meet ice cream in these “Blissfully Southern” 2-in-1 desserts. Chef Liz Rogers, founder of this minority and women-owned business, dreamed up Creamalicious’ indulgent ice cream flavors to share with the world—whether you live in the South or not. She turned four generations of family recipes into ice cream flavors like Slap Yo’ Mama Banana Pudding, Porch Light Peach Cobbler and Aunt Poonie’s Caramel Pound Cake. With flavors like that, it will be hard to decide which one to try first!

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You don’t have to travel to New York City to get a taste of Serendipity’s extravagant desserts. Serendipity’s ice cream line includes collaboration flavors like a Friends Central Perk Coffee Almond Fudge ice cream and The Goonies Sloth & Chunk Rocky Rooooaad?. And, of course, they offer a Frrrozen Hot Chocolate flavor, too!

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Helados la Neta

Take a trip to Mexico via a bowl of ice cream. Helados la Neta (la neta means the real deal) makes ice cream inspired by authentic flavors. According to brand manager Ivonne Neri, a few scoops will “make you feel Mexico in your veins and in your tastebuds.”

Try Chocolate con Canela, a mix of chocolate and spicy cinnamon, Horchata (an even creamier take on the classic Mexican drink), Crema de Coco—a sweet take on this favorite with real coconut flakes swirled throughout.

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Wynwood Parlor

Take your ice cream sandwich game to the next level with a box of Wynwood Parlor’s ice cream sandwiches. Each sandwich is made with small-batch ice cream that’s nestled between two fresh baked cookies and rolled in sprinkles, cookie crumbs, chips and other goodies. You have to try their Bedrock sandwich, which is red velvet cookies, vanilla ice cream and Fruity Pebbles cereal. Check out these unexpected ways to make an ice cream sandwich.

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Mauna Loa

If you’re dairy-free, you have to check out Mauna Loa’s Nice Ice Cream. The Hawaii-based brand uses its sustainably produced macadamia milk to make creamy, vegan ice creams. Sample island flavors like mango lilikoʻi and Kona coffee or elevated basics like vanilla orchard and vanilla chocolate chip.

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Coolhaus Awesome Ice Cream

This California-based brand is making waves with their exotic pints and ice cream sammies. A certified women-owned business, Coolhaus is inspired by both sweet and savory flavors. Sink your spoon into Street Cart Churro Dough or Chocolate Molten Cake. Can’t get enough? Check out the recipes in the Coolhaus Ice Cream Book.

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Beckon Ice Cream

Want to savor a scoop without a stomachache? Beckon Ice Cream creates real, dairy-based frozen treats—without any lactose! This ice cream is the real deal. And you won’t find gums, artificial stabilizers, artificial sweeteners or corn syrups on the label, either. Dish up your dessert like a pro with the best ice cream scoops.

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My/Mochi Ice Cream

Flavorful mochi from the freezer aisle? Yes, please! My/Mochi Ice Cream makes it easy to enjoy your favorite Japanese dessert at home. Pick up a pack of traditional mochi balls in flavors like Strawberry, Cookies & Cream and Green Tea. Plus, they even have a few nondairy options! Get the scoop on mochi if you’ve never had it before.

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Purple Door Ice Cream

Milwaukee, Wisconsin natives are familiar with Purple Door and its eclectic flavors. You’ll find all of the classics, plus some pretty unusual combos, like Lemon Cardamom and Brandy Old Fashioned.

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Salt & Straw

With locations all across the West Coast, Salt & Straw is known for their fun flavors. If you’re feeling bold, try a bite of Honey Lavender or Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper. Craving something a little more familiar? Chocolate Gooey Brownie and Cinnamon Snickerdoodle have your back. No matter what flavor you find, your taste buds will thank you. Make your fave flavor at home with the Salt & Straw cookbook.

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Brothers Ice Cream

When you were a kid, was there anything better than an ice cream sandwich after a summer day spent outdoors? Brothers Ice Cream captures that sweet nostalgia in their line of sandwiches, bonbons, fruit bars and more. These homemade ice cream recipes will keep you cool all summer long.

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McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams

Keep it simple with a pint of McConnell’s. This old-fashioned dairy makes all of its flavors from scratch. You’ll find classics (hello, Mint Chip), as well as unique combos, like Eureka Lemon & Marionberries.

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If you need a sweet snack before hitting the hay, reach for a pint of Nightfood. This low-calorie “nighttime” ice cream is formulated with sleep in mind. That means you’ll find fewer sleep-disrupting ingredients on the label—like sugar and fat—and more minerals, enzymes and amino acids. Learn more about how Nightfood works here.

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Graeter’s Ice Cream

Midwesterners love Graeter’s Ice Cream—and for good reason. The Ohio-based creamery is known for its enormous chocolate chunks and creative flavors, like Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip. Every pint of Graeter’s is mixed in a French Pot Freezer, then hand-packed. Check out these other foods that are truly Midwestern.

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Ample Hills Creamery

For the most creative flavors (and flavor names!), check out Ample Hills Creamery. This scoop shop has locations in four states but ships nationwide. We’re looking forward to taking a bite of I Contain Breakfast Foods, Ooey Gooey Butter Cake and Nonna D’s Oatmeal Lace. Next, read up on the most iconic ice cream flavor from each state.

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Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.
Caroline Stanko
As Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.

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