The Best Ice Cream Shops in Connecticut

Here is a roundup of the Best Ice Cream Shops in Connecticut. 

Summer is not over until you’ve tried these 6 of my favorite Ice Cream spots in Connecticut. With Labor Day weekend upon us, it’s all in for a last hooray as we wave goodbye to summer. It’s a long weekend, heck visit more than one!

Les Dairy Bar – Meriden

An Ice Cream Stand Labeled Les Ice Cream

A homage to my hometown, born and raised in Meriden, Connecticut,  there was nothing like spring time after school and walking up East Main Street to get a frozen treat at Les. After a long winter awaiting for it to open, Les is a sign of spring. Known for their soft serve, they also have great slushies, parfaits and my daughter’s personal favorite, blue goo.

Les’ Dairy Bar E Main St & Murray, Meriden, CT 

The Caboose Ice Cream – Middlefield

A red shop shaped like a Caboose Ice Cream Stand

I love the drive over to the Caboose Ice Cream stand in Middlefield especially at golden hour, passing beautiful farms and middle-of-no-where scenery. Caboose is a cute little stand shaped in a caboose of a train and painted bright red. Serving Pralines’s Ice Cream, the stand offers 25 flavors made locally in Wallingford, CT.

Besides the banana ice cream which I high recommend, my favorite part of this stop is sitting under the shade of the big willow trees.

288 Baileyville Rd. Middlefield, CT

Milkcraft – Fairfield

Walk into this gorgeous new creamery and you’ll know you’re not in an ordinary ice cream shop. Milkcraft offers over the top top cones and sundaes made with their famous waffle bubble cones. It is literally a golden delicious freshly made waffle rolled up with ice cream and your favorite toppings.

We splurged for the Smores Campfire and Sea Salted Caramel with classic,creamy plain Vanilla for B. Have you ever had popcorn with drizzled caramel on an ice cream cone? Head down to Milkcraft perfectly situated in downtown Fairfield to enjoy and sit on the patio in the brick walk. This stop is open late, to 11 pm. My tip? Share.

1215 Post Rd. Fairfield, CT

Durham Diary Serve – Durham

Another Classic Ice Cream stand, Durham Dairy Serve is located on the quaint mainstream of Durham, CT. While Durham is known for t’s famous Durham Fair in the fall, it’s also a great little town to stop and get a cone on the way home from the beaches along Southern, CT. We kept it classic during our stop, with cones and sprinkles. Chocolate for me, Rainbow for B. Bring a picnic blanket to sit under the tree and enjoy your cones or sundaes. I recommend the Cherry Amaretto.

an ice cream cone with chocolate sprinkles being held by a female hand

13 Main Street Durham, CT

Fair Weather Acres – Rocky Hill

More than just ice cream, this one makes the list for a few reasons. I love to oogle over farm fresh produce and gorgeous plants for my garden. Severing 30+ flavors, it’s fun to get a cone and sit at the panic tables or browse the plants. I can’t stop here without taking home a beautiful new plant.

During last visit we were able to pick up magazine worthy colorful vegetables and fresh pies. Bailey’s favorite part is the goats, where they are very friendly and the team lets you feed them tortilla chips. This spring, they had 3 of the tiniest baby goats. This ice cream stop is straight out of Pinterest. Bailey always gets the creamy strawberry.

A farm stand that says local veggies and local diary

1146 Cromwell Ave. Rocky Hill, CT

Mr. D’s – Wallingford

Yes, their cupcakes are amazing and this treat store is straight out of a sugar and rainbow movie but have you tried their ice cream? The perfect Saturday afternoon or after school stop, Mr. D’s also offers ice cream. Anything to fulfill your sweet tooth can be found here. We love stopping by on a warm day to sit. The phrase ‘like a kid in a candy store’…was invented here!

A storefront with a pink sign showing an ice cream cone.

50 N. Main Street Wallingford, CT

Ben & Jerry’s – West Hartford Center

two ice cream cones being held by female hands

A never can steer you wrong cult favorite, Ben & Jerry’s is right in the heart of West Hartford Center. Believe it or not there are still new flavors I haven’t tried. This rich and creamy iconic Vermont based ice cream company brings happiness in every cone. Have I mentioned I have a sweet tooth? Chocolate Fudge Brownie is my go to every time. Grab a cone and take a stroll while you window shop along WHC. Ben & Jerry’s never disappoints.

5 1/2 South Main Street West Hartford, CT

Disclaimer – this is not a sponsored post or in any way affiliated with any of the above local businesses. We really have been living on the ice cream diet all summer. Fellow Ice Cream lovers needed to know. 

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  1. September 19, 2016 / 10:37 am

    Connecticut is definitely not lacking in great ice cream spots. Be sure to check out Rich Farms in Oxford, CT. Great ice cream and very generous portions!

    • Chocolate and Lace
      September 26, 2016 / 5:44 pm

      That is so true! I love all the recommendations from this post. I will def have to check this out next summer.

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