Top Ice Cream Sundaes In Connecticut

August 20, 2014 8:00 AM

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Ice cream sundaes taste delicious any time of year, but they’re especially hard to resist in the summer. Who can say no to scoops of ice cream draped with sweet gooey sauces and topped off with whipped cream and a cherry? Here are the best places in Connecticut to treat yourself before the season ends.

Popey’s Ice Cream Shoppe
7 West St.
Morris, CT 06763
(860) 567-0504

Popey’s, which is open from March through October, has been been around for over four decades serving up dozens of flavors of hard and soft ice cream. These can be enjoyed in one of its many tempting specialty sundaes – particularly the S’Mores Sundae, with ice cream, marshmallow and chocolate syrup in between two layers of graham cracker crumb. Or consider the PB&J Sundae – ice cream covered with peanut butter sauce and your choice of strawberry, blueberry, pineapple or peach topping. Stop by Popey’s on holidays like St. Patrick’s Day or the Fourth of July and it’s bound to have a new sundae created just for the occasion.

Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream
2 W. Main St.
Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 572-7978

All Connecticut residents should take a day trip to Mystic Seaport and Aquarium at least once every summer. But your visit won’t be complete unless you indulge in a sundae at Mystic Drawbridge, which offers 30 flavors of homemade ice cream. Go for the Caramel Lovers’ Sundae which covers its own Sticky Fractured Finger ice cream with caramel sauce and pieces of Butterfingers and Heath Bars. For something a bit lighter, the Peaches n’ Cream features Southern Peach or Pure Vanilla ice cream topped with marshmallow sauce and fresh peaches.

A.C. Petersen Farms
240 Park Road
West Hartford, CT 06119
(860) 233-8483

A.C. Petersen Farms Restaurant has been a fixture of West Hartford’s Park Road for the past 75 years. At least one of the things that has kept it popular for decades is the extensive dessert menu, which now includes nearly two dozen sundaes, all crowned with hand-whipped heavy cream. It’s difficult to choose highlights from all of its delectable offerings, but some standouts include the Hot Caramel Apple Pie Sundae (Marilyn’s apple pie with vanilla ice cream and hot caramel sauce), Toll House Cookie Pie Sundae (the named pie with vanilla ice cream and gourmet hot fudge) and the Doughboy Sundae (chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, gourmet hot fudge, marshmallow and chunks of cookie dough). The good news for sundae addicts is that A.C. Petersen is open all year long, so they don’t have to wait for spring to try any sundae they’ve missed.

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The Ice Cream Shoppe
59 Bridgeport Ave.
Shelton, CT 06484
(203) 924-2615

The family-owned Ice Cream Shoppe in Shelton is home to some of the tastiest ice cream in southwestern Connecticut, which it makes fresh every day. Among its unique sundaes are the Cookie Monster – ice cream with Oreo cookies and hot fudge decorated with blue sprinkles and a chocolate chip cookie. Those with a serious sweet tooth will love the Junkyard, a creation that piles on the brownies, M&Ms and Reeses Pieces. Best of all, the Ice Cream Shoppe stays open all year.

The Country Creamery
144 Oxford Road
Oxford, CT 06478
(203) 881-3358

This Oxford ice cream parlor is always updating its menu with new sundaes. Among its popular recent creations are the Sa-Mo-A, named for the Girl Scout cookie, which is combined with caramel, hot fudge and toasted coconut over vanilla ice cream, and for the kids, a Spongebob Squarepants Sundae made with sponge cake, cotton candy and graham cracker crumbs. What makes the Country Creamery special, though, is that it can also take the sundaes to you on its Fabulous Traveling Sundae Bus. Book the bus for any child or adult party and guests can build their own sundae from a variety of ice cream flavors, sauces, syrups and candy toppings.

Related: Top Summertime Desserts In Connecticut

Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on

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