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BEST Ice Cream

2002 BEST Ice Cream

Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream


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»

2001 BEST Ice Cream



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»

2000 BEST Ice Cream, Near

White Mountain Creamery


On the basis of its sweet banana ice cream alone, White Mountain Creamery is a winner. Made by the brothers Ramos (Glen’s been churning it out for 15 years; Craig joined in two years ago), the ice cream is the… read more»

2000 BEST Ice Cream, Far

Erikson’s Dairy


All of the ice creams at Erikson’s—a fourth-generation outfit that’s been around for 63 years—are unbelievably rich and thick, and thankfully not too sweet. It may be less well-known than Kimball’s in nearby Carlisle, but nothing beats a scoop of… read more»

1999 BEST Ice Cream



You need not travel to Italy to taste the best. Each bite of Toscanini’s divine ice cream conjures memories of Italian piazzas, gelato peddlers, and starry summer nights. Simple is what these guys do best—chocolate, vanilla, and coffee as you’ve… read more»

1998 BEST Ice Cream

Christina’s Homemade Icecream


Cones from this cute Inman Square shop lick sweeter, silkier, and stronger than the rest, and for less moolah. Ice cream here has it all: mastery of the oft-muddled sugar/ salt balance, startling hints of exotica (like kulfi flavor, with… read more»

1997 BEST Ice Cream



This stuff is outrageously creamy. The consistency is mousse-like without being airy, rich without being heavy. Toscanini’s selection of original flavors seems to change hourly (depending on how busy they are) and ranges from the exotic (cardamom) to the stout… read more»

1996 BEST Ice Cream, South Shore

Hilliard’s House of Candy

North Easton

The summertime venture of this family candy business is creamy and extra rich. The chocolate chip is the best anywhere. Chewy Turtle Soup is coffee ice cream studded with Hilliard’s own chopped-up cashew caramel turtles. read more»

1996 BEST Ice Cream, Metro West

Herbie’s Ice Cream


Maybe it’s the White Chocolate Blizzard, the heady Rum Raisin, or the Chocolate Raspberry Truffle. No, it’s the Mud-Slide Chip—ice cream for grownups, with Kahlua, bailey’s, and vodka. We keep coming back for more. read more»

1996 BEST Ice Cream

Ron’s Gourmet Ice Cream & Twentieth Century Bowling

Hyde Park

Ice cream in a bowling alley? It works because the ice cream is delicious—creamy, with lots of wild flavors like Amaretto Swirl and Irish Coffee Madness. The candlepin bowling is a fun challenge, and they’ll set up bumpers in a… read more»