July is National Ice Cream month, and with the month ringing in with temperatures in the high 90s in much of New Hampshire, ice cream is certain to hit the spot. Most people find that little is more satisfying in hot weather than ice cream. And there are plenty of ice cream options throughout New Hampshire.
It wasn’t always easy to find the ice cream selections that we have today. A century ago, ice cream was likely made using a hand-cranked ice cream maker, like the one shown below. It wasn’t until the 1940s that refrigerator and freezer units became common in homes. And as technology advanced over the years, ice cream became readily available commercially.
Fortunately, New Hampshire has an abundance of ice cream parlors and shops offering everything from traditional ice cream to soft serve, sugar-free ice cream, sherbet, sundaes, ice cream floats, milkshakes, ice cream cakes, and more. While ice cream is generally dairy-based, there are numerous milk substitutes such as soy milk or tofu available for those who are lactose intolerant, vegan, or allergic to dairy products. Many ice cream shops also offer sorbet and frozen fruit pops and bars that contain no dairy.
Ice cream can be served in dishes or bowls or in various types of cones such as waffle cones, sugar cones, cake cones, cookie cones, and dipped cones.
It’s not uncommon to add toppings, such as sprinkles or “jimmies” as they are known in some parts of the Northeast, nuts, candies, hot fudge, sauces, whipped cream, and fruit, especially a cherry on top.
Below are some tips on where to find ice cream shops in New Hampshire.
- For a list of ice cream parlors and stands throughout the state, by region: https://www.nhmagazine.com/NH-Ice-Cream-Stands-and-Shops/
- For a list of “7 Must-Visit, Seasonal Ice Cream Places In New Hampshire”: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/new-hampshire/seasonal-ice-cream-places-nh/
- In central New Hampshire, this ice cream tour looks great: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/new-hampshire/ice-cream-roadtrip-nh/
- See New Hampshire Dairy Promotion’s “2018 NH Ice Cream Trail” https://www.nhdairypromo.org/ice-cream-trail with a downloadable map
- If you prefer soft-serve ice cream, “These 7 Ice Cream Parlors Have The Best Soft Serve In New Hampshire”: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/new-hampshire/best-soft-serve-nh/
Submitted by Susan Karalekas, Bridges Inn at Whitcomb House, Swanzey, NH. The antique ice cream maker shown above is part of the decor of the Bridges Inn’s kitchen.