CHOOSE YOUR OWN ICE CREAM ADVENTURE
The editors of PEOPLE Food sampled flavors from all over the country to pick the very best—from quirky (strawberry and black pepper from Portland) to classic (creamy chocolate from Santa Barbara). You’ll want to try them all!
SALT + STRAW STRAWBERRY HONEY BALSAMIC WITH BLACK PEPPER
The Portland-based shop puts an exciting twist on the classic fruity flavor with strawberries and honey from Oregon and pepper from Micronesia(!).
Buy It! $65 for 5 pints, saltandstraw.com
VAN LEEUWEN SALTED CARAMEL
Silky smooth and just slightly salty, thanks to flakes of sea salt mixed in after freezing.
Buy It! $89 for 6 pints; vanleeuwenicecream.com
TALENTI SICILIAN PISTACHIO
Nutty roasted pistachios (yes, you can actually taste the nuts) blended with pistachio butter.
Buy It! $4.79; amazon.com and in grocery stores
BEN & JERRY'S 'OAT OF THIS SWIRLED'
Brown-sugar ice cream with chunks of fudge and cinnamon-oatmeal cookies.
Buy It! Starting at $3.99; assorted flavors at amazon.com and at grocery stores
JENI'S MANGO BUTTERMILK FROZEN YOGURT
Tangy but not too tart, it’s made with mango purée.
Buy It! $12; shop.jenis.com
HAAGEN-DAZS BOURBON PRALINE PECAN
Bourbon ice cream swirled with brown-sugar bourbon and crunchy pralines.
Buy It! $4.99; amazon.com and at grocery stores
GRAETER'S BLACK RASPBERRY CHOCOLATE CHIP
Boldly sweet ice cream flecked with slivers of bittersweet chocolate.
Buy It! $6; at grocery stores and $79.99 for six pints; graeters.com
COOLHAUS CAMPFIRE S'MORES
Hints of salt and smoke come through this vanilla ice cream swirled with graham cracker marshmallow cookie butter and chunks of dark chocolate.
Buy It! $69.99 for six pints, cool.haus
McCONNELL'S FINE ICE CREAM DUTCHMAN'S CHOCOLATE
Pure Dutch cocoa blended perfectly with grass-fed milk and cream.
Buy It! $12; mcconnells.com
AMPLE HILLS 'BABY, I WAS CHURNED THIS WAY!'
Hazelnut ice cream studded with rainbow chocolate-covered sunflower seeds, created by this Brooklyn brand in honor of Pride month in June. For every pint purchased, $1 will be donated to LGBT community program, The Center.
BREYER'S NONDAIRY OREO COOKIES & CREAM
It’s made with an almond-milk base but tastes as creamy as the original.
Buy It! $5; at grocery stores
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