June is National Dairy Month, and to celebrate, we’re on a mission to find out which scoop shops are the best in America. Since the average American consumes around 22 pounds of ice cream per year, to go get to the bottom of our question, we turned to the people who know ice cream best: you.
We hardly expected to reach a definitive conclusion, but many of you made a pretty compelling case on Facebook and Instagram for why your favorite spot should be a contender for the title. Whether they’re gelaterias, creameries or old-fashioned ice cream shops (we don’t discriminate!), below are six of your absolute can’t-miss destinations for scoops in the country.
Mora Ice Creamery in Bainbridge Island, WA
Facebook user Sandy S. wrote us to say that she loves Mora Ice Cream on Bainbridge Island in Washington. “Their Peppermint Ice Cream is to die for!” She wasn’t the only one: “SOOO good!” Conor S. replied to her message.
Below Zero in Savannah, GA
Mary R.’s cast her vote on Facebook for Below Zero in Savannah, Georgia. She adds: “They make it on a cold slab before your eyes, then present [it] in small rolls in a cup.” The result looks like a a bunch of blooming flowers.
Capogiro Gelato in Philadelphia, PA
On Instagram, @natalieang15’s hands-down favorite is Capogiro Gelato Artisans in Philadelphia, PA. “The best outside of Italy 🇮🇹!” she wrote. Judging by the looks of that kiwi gelato, we can understand where she’s coming from.
Leatherby’s Family Creamery in Taylorsville, UT
According to @towandamamma, Leatherby’s Family Creamery is where it’s at. She wrong on Instagram: “NOTHING compares. It’s delicious, traditional and has been around for decades!”
Piccola Gelateria in New Orleans, LA
Facebook’s Dennis J. absolutely loves Piccola Gelateria. “Ria Alicehic Turnbull and Ross Turnbull are the purveyors of the absolute best gelato in New Orleans,” he declares, adding that they pay “careful attention to utilizing only the best ingredients to create a phenomenal product.”
Churn in Phoenix, AZ
Instagram’s @cillarose gives her vote to Churn in Phoenix, AZ. A bonus? They also have “the best salted chocolate chip cookies—perfect for ice cream sandwiches,” she says.