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2005 BEST Ice Cream, West

Bedford Farms Ice Cream

Bedford

Locals love the smooth, creamy texture of the sweet ice cream at this no-frills spot. Order a cone of ginger, Grape-nut, or mud pie, or opt for soft-serve or frozen yogurt—there are more than 40 flavors in all to choose… read more »

2005 BEST Ice Cream

Christina’s

Cambridge

Yeah, yeah, we all scream for ice cream, but we go nuts over the creativity and whimsy of Christina’s. Owner Ray Ford draws inspiration from exotic spices, fruits, even vegetables, to come up with more than 45 flavors of ice… read more »

2004 BEST Ice Cream, North

Benson’s Homemade Ice Cream

Boxford

A sweet roadside stand that serves handmade ice cream from local cows’ milk, scooped by fresh-faced neighborhood teens on summer break—Benson’s is straight off the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. All cuteness aside, though, this ice cream rules. Some… read more »

2004 BEST Ice Cream, South

Farfar’s

Duxbury

Maybe you hate the beach. Maybe beautiful homes and manicured lawns make you sick. If you’re an ice cream lover, you still have one great reason to go to Duxbury: Farfar’s. It’s where the creamiest, smoothest ice cream gets doled… read more »

2004 BEST Ice Cream

Toscanini

Cambridge

There are plenty of Boston ice cream shops worthy of caloric indulgence, but none as enticing as this one. The selection may not be the biggest in town, but it’s varied enough for even the pickiest of palates, with about… read more »

2003 BEST Ice Cream, South

Farfar’s Danish Ice Cream Shop

Duxbury

The real ice-cream aficionado’s conundrum: Once you’ve gone Danish, you’ll never go back. If that Danish is Farfar’s, however, you’ll go back repeatedly. This isn’t your over-the-top carnival of crazed flavor and obnoxious and undiscriminating mix-ins. Farfar’s is about amazing,… read more »

2003 BEST Ice Cream

Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream

Cambridge

With all due respect to the old-fashioned flavors at Brigham’s and the rich, smooth scoops at Toscanini’s, we keep coming back to Christina’s. This Inman Square institution continues to distinguish itself, with 40 imaginative flavors—from ginger and Kahlúa to cinnamon… read more »

2002 BEST Ice Cream

Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream

Cambridge

You know the contenders as well as we do, and the good-natured competition they generate is making area ice cream better by the minute. Case in point: Christina’s, which is holding its own against such long-loved local big boys as… read more »

2002 BEST Ice Cream, South

Farfar’s Danish Ice Cream Shop

Duxbury

For decades, this much-adorned creamery has been the real reason why school kids in Duxbury yearn for summer and dads in whale belts try to work off calories on the quiet town’s lime-green golf courses. And it’s the reason why,… read more »

2001 BEST Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

Toscanini’s understands that life can be as simple as vanilla and chocolate or as complicated as burnt caramel or gingersnap molasses. Whatever your philosophical fancy, this heavenly ice cream parlor will whet your palate with its downright dazzling roster of… read more »