The spring and summer seasons are always the best times to experience carnivals, beach weather, amusements parks and lots of fun in the sun. But what’s fun in the sun without some really good ice cream? Connecticut offers several locations to taste some of the best homemade flavorful ice cream. Whenever you’re in the area, make sure you stop in for a cone or a cup, and don’t forget the sprinkles.
Ashley’s Ice Cream
280 York St.
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 776-7744

Although good ice cream is a summer favorite, Ashley’s Ice Cream is a year round must-have, serving up some of New Haven’s best ice cream. With shops in several surrounding cities like Hamden, Branford, Guilford and Madison, it was in New Haven on College Street that this wonderful shop originated.  Ashley’s makes all of the ingredients fresh on a daily basis. Everything from the waffle cones to the hot fudge is made right here on site.

Bill’s Carousel Ice Cream & Yogurt
1185 Whalley Ave.
New Haven, CT 06515
(203) 891-7302

Another New Haven favorite is Bill’s Carousel Ice Cream, located in the Amity area on Whalley Avenue.  Although small in size, this family style ice cream shop serves more than just frozen treats. Hot dogs, hamburgers, subs and more are offered when you walk up to window to place your order or head straight for the drive-thru. If you just want to grab a quick cone and sit down and enjoy a beautiful outdoors, this is the perfect spot. Bill’s offers outside tables for dining or simply enjoying your ice cream treat.

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Sweet Claudes
828 S. Main St.
Cheshire, CT 06410

If you’re ever in the Cheshire area of Connecticut, make sure you stop by historical Sweet Claudes ice cream.  Serving the area with greatness for over 23 years, it offers not only homemade ice cream, but also homemade ice cream cakes and ice cream pies, with some of the most popular being Mud Pies and Death by Chocolate.  When visiting this spot, be sure to have cash because they do not accept debit or credit cards.

Walnut Beach Creamery
17 Broadway, #19
Milford, CT 06460
(203) 878-7738

What’s a walk on the beach without some good old fashioned ice cream? Walnut Beach Creamery is still fairly new to the Milford area, having opened its doors in 2007, but it has already made its presence known, and the creamery is definitely missed when it’s not ice cream season.  At this local gourmet spot you can enjoy your ice cream in a quaint and peaceful backyard setting.  All the ice cream and its many flavors are made right there on site. Fan favorites in flavors are Carrot Cake, Black Knight ( white chocolate with raspberry swirl) and Berry Good (Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries with chunks of bittersweet chocolate.)  Visit this gourmet location and discover your favorite flavor.

Wentworth’s Homemade Ice Cream
3697 Whitney Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518
(203) 281-7429

As it reads in its moniker, it’s all homemade!  Wentworth offers over 30 homemade flavors, six days a week. The shp is located next to the historic Sleeping Giant Mountain in Hamden, but the location does not just attract customers from nearby – patrons from all over the state visit to get a taste of greatness. Wentworth offers additional treats like pies, cakes and truffles. Some of the top sellers are Oreo Cookie, Cookie Dough, Chocolate Chip, Cookie Monster, Butter Pecan, Maple Walnut and Butter Crunch.  Wentworth’s even caters to the furry members of the family with its K-9 Cruch flavor for dogs!

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