Ice cream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! We try not to keep ice cream in the house, because I am not naming names, but some of us have issues with will power. In an effort to curb
our my post kids’s bedtime snacking (seriously that is when my worst eating habits occur) we now enjoy all our ice cream out and about in Fairfield County. Because I am a strong believer in the ideas that sharing is caring, I decided to compile a list of ice cream joints that you and your family should visit this summer.
1) Brendan’s 101 – Rowayton
We can’t get enough of this local all natural ice cream shop. There is something about enjoying ice cream while taking in the picturesque views of nautical Rowayton. I always feel like I am on vacation when we go there, but in reality we only drove 15 minutes.
Flavor Rec: The famous Moose Tracks is super tasty
Mom Hack: Make an evening of it by going to Rowayton Pizza for dinner (outside dining and BYOB for the win) followed by some delicious ice cream at Brendan’s.
2) Gofer – Greenwich, Stamford & Darien
With three convenient Fairfield County locations in Greenwich, Stamford and Darien this ice cream shop has become a local favorite. They offer a large variety of premium hard and soft serve ice cream flavors as well as their famous “razzles.”
Flavor Rec: Because sometimes high sugar and fat are not enough for toddler taste buds, our girls love to add PLENTY of food coloring to their flavor choice and order Blue Monster or Cotton Candy.
Mom Hack: Try not to wear white or light colored clothing when going on an ice cream excursion (this includes ALL family members). However, two to three cycles of wash with oxyclean and Shout will remove Blue Monster stains.
3) Scoops – Wilton
We love this establishment for its local hometown feel. One of my best friend’s grew up in Wilton and it has become a summer tradition to bring our kids to this sweet mom and pop ice cream haven. They also offer a wide variety of candy and other confections. But I’ll be honest we usual stick with good stuff – ICE CREAM.
Flavor Rec: Swamp! Don’t let the name fool you, this heavenly mixture of coffee ice cream, carmel and m&ms, is the BOMB.
Mom Hack: Ice cream always makes our little ones
whine for water super thirty, so don’t forget the water bottles.
4) Dairy Queen – Numerous locations
It is a classic. An oldie but a goodie, and who doesn’t enjoy the pure dependence of a blizzard. Our family frequents the Dairy Queen on Summer street in Stamford because it is super dupper close to our house.
Flavor Rec: Go big or go home with my fav the Heath bar Blizzard
Mom Hack: Ice cream for dinner totally counts, this a judgement free zone.
5) Stew Leonard’s – Norwalk & Danbury
Yes, I know this is a mecca for fresh produce and animatronics of signing cows and bananas, but they also serve some pretty tasty frozen custard aka really yummy soft serve ice cream. Visit this one stop shop for your groceries, spend $100 (which is ridiculously easy to do) and your receipt is good for a small ice cream or a coffee.
Flavor Rec: we stick with the CLASSIC here, Chocolate Vanilla swirl. EVERY.TIME!
Mom Hack(s): I have a couple for Stews. Receipts NEVER expire, so if you are are not in the mood for ice cream (because lets say you have a stomach bug) you can save your receipt for next time. Also, you can use multiple receipts to add up to a cool Benjamin. For every $100 you spend you get a free ice cream; however, we all know that each child requires their own treat, because sharing ice cream leads to no buenos. So take your receipt to get a FREE generously portioned ice cream and ask for TWO bowls. That is right two for ONE. No tears for the kiddos and mommy smiles for you.
6) MilkCraft – Fairfield
So sadly we did not take the short road trip to this super trendy hot spot. MilkCraft is to ice cream as leggings are to the mommy wardrobe. Anywho, the other cool moms have visited this new place and vouch this scoop to order with food grade liquid nitrogen ice cream is all the rage.
Flavor Rec: They have some pretty amazing flavor combos such as Campfire Smores or Strawberry Balsamic; however, rumor on the street is that no matter what flavor you pick the homemade bubble style waffles that are made from scratch to order, are the true shining STAR.
Mom Hack: Be prepared for LONG lines and an even longer wait times. They are open from 11am to 11pm, so I am planning on going early for an extra special pre lunch treat or let’s be honest just for lunch.
7) Carvel – Stamford, Norwalk, & Ridgefield
Two words. Cookie crunchies. I mean do I need to say more. There are numerous locations all over “FairChester.” Our family just had an excellent visit to the brand new Carvel on Long Ridge Road in Stamford.
Flavor Rec: You can’t go wrong with the Chocolate Vanilla swirl with of course, COOKIE CRUNCHIES.
Mom Hack: On Wednesdays it is buy one get one free.
8) Mr. Frosty’s – Norwalk
There is something about being near the water that just makes ice cream taste even better. Mr. Frosty is open seasonally March through October and is located less than one mile away from Calf Pasture Beach and right down the street from Veterans Park. This seaside establishment and East Norwalk staple specializes in serving premium soft serve custard along with hard ice cream made locally in Connecticut.
Flavor Rec: Sea Salt Carmel or Quicksand
Mom Hack: For one those OMG family moments where everyone in your house is blissfully happy, try SURPRISING your kids with a ice cream trip post dinner in their PJS. I can tell you from experience their shock, exuberance and joy are palbalble from this routine breaking sugar high.
9) Darlene’s Heavenly Desires – Old Greenwich
Darlene’s is one of the most traditional stores in Old Greenwich. They serve a wide variety of chocolates, candies, ice cream, gelato and other surprises to satisfy your sweet tooth. You can also rent out the back room for birthday parties.
Flavor Rec: I have a soft spot (pun intended) for Gelato so last time we visited Darlene’s I enjoyed the Hazelnut gelato and it did not disappoint
Mom Hack: Always bring baby wipes when going out for ice cream…ALWAYS.
10) Deborah Ann’s – Ridgefield
Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe is located in downtown Ridgefield and features fun homemade chocolates and ice cream, bulk candy, and nostalgic gifts for all ages.
Flavor Rec: For the chocolate lovers out there you have to try National Chocolate League. It contains chocolate chips, Oreos, twix, and fudge!
Mom Hack: Have the kids pay! Have your older child “guesstimate” the cost of your sweet treats and tell you which bills and coins to use. It is also fun to have them guess how much change you will get back. A teacher, always…I can’t help myself.
11) Sweet Ashley’s – Norwalk
This fun and flavorful sweet shoppe is better know for it’s absolutely breathtaking decorated cakes. However, the popular family-owned spot also makes great ice cream cakes and takes custom orders. All ice cream is home-made daily and always fresh.
Flavor Rec: Cookie Dough, does anyone else dig through to find the largest chunks?
Mom Hack: Don’t forget the camera. Melted ice cream all over sun kissed summer checks makes for some great kodak moments.
12) Walnut Beach Creamy – Milford
They claim to have “Milford’s only hand crafted gourmet ice cream.” Every batch of ice cream is made by hand using the best and freshest ingredients they can find. You and your minions can enjoy your cone in their backyard garden, that is one block from the beach. We have not had the opportunity to visit Walnut Beach Creamery, but it is definitely on our list of places to try.
Flavor Rec: Morning Jolt – coffee ice cream with chocolate covered bacon. Seriously, chocolate covered BACON!
Mom Hack: Make sure every family member orders a different flavor so you have an opportunity to try all the different flavor combos.
13) Timothy’s Ice Cream – Black Rock
This is another place that came highly recommended by the FCMB Mommies, and we know we can trust their awesome recommendations. Each week Timothy’s offers between 12-20 total flavors of ice cream, yogurts, and sorbets. All of their flavors are homemade at their store location with care and creativity.
Flavor Rec: Peppermint. Don’t knock it until you try it.
Mom Hack: If you want your kiddo to enjoy ice creamy goodness without the inevitable sticky mess on their face, hands, and clothes, order a kid’s shake. This is also a good trick if you need to get back in the car quickly and you want don’t want your car to smell like hot dairy products the next day.
DISCLAIMER: This is in NO way an exhaustive list! If you have another favorite place that offers delicious frozen delectables please let us know in the comments below.
What is your family’s favorite Fairfield County ice cream shop?