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NATIONAL ICE CREAM MONTH: THE 10 BEST ICE CREAM SHOPS IN NEW ENGLAND

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There are four words that completely embody the month of July. National Ice Cream Month. This proclamation was created through a Joint Resolution (similar to a Bill) and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. Since July is traditionally one of the hottest months of the year, it seems fitting to consume your fair share of ice cream to cool off. And now you have another excuse to get out of the house for a treat, because you have a national holiday to celebrate.

We researched the best ice cream shops, bars, and parlors in the New England area compared to the rest of the country. They’re not just the best in New England, they are some of the best in the nation! If you find yourself in New England for a summer vacation here are 10 places to fit into the itinerary:

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1. TOSCANINI’S (CAMBRIDGE, MA)

This place is no joke. The New York Times labeled them as the “World’s Best Ice Cream.” It’s a family run business and all of their ice cream is made in store. And you can expect to see different flavors on the menu each day you go in.

2. FOUR SEAS ICE CREAM (CENTERVILLE, MA)

Located in the heart of Cape Cod, a popular vacation destination, serving home made ice cream inside an old blacksmith shop. They’re voted the best of Cape Cod and are walking distance from the beach.

3. ANNABELLE’S NATURAL ICE CREAM (PORTSMOUTH, NH)

They’ve been featured in Yankee Magazine (a staple subscription for New Englander’s) and they’re mission hits the spot by combining natural ingredients with premium ice cream. Finally ice cream that is worry free. No artificial ingredients are used in the making!

4. MOUNT DESERT ISLAND ICE CREAM (BAR HARBOR, ME)

Featured on ABC’s The View as the best ice cream in the United States. They were also featured inUSA Today’s travel section, which raved about their unique flavors. Some of these flavors include Vietnamese Coffee, Bay of Figs and for those truly obsessed with this hazelnut spread, yes! they have a Nutella flavor too!

5. THE JUICE BAR (NANTUCKET, MA)

When you visit Nantucket (yes, when), The Juice Bar is a must! They have over 50 flavors of award-winning homemade ice cream and new flavors of the day everyday. And they’re located in Nantucket. What better place to be eating an ice cream cone? Just be sure to have some cash in hand, they are cash only.

6. CRESCENT RIDGE DAIRY BAR (SHARON, MA)

Crescent Ridge is a dairy farm that is still participating in delivering milk to doorsteps and they also happen to have award-winning ice cream. Admit it, going to a farm for your ice cream is pretty cool. And by the way, their milk and ice cream will soon be available at the Boston Public Market. The farm is coming to the city!

7. GRAY’S ICE CREAM (TIVERTON, RI)

Annie Gray started selling ice cream out of the back of her house in 1923, and the rest is history. Gray’s is a staple in Rhode Island and stays open year round. They’ve been listed among some of the top ice cream businesses in America. Rhode Island is the ocean state after all, and nothing tastes better after a beach day then a scoop of ice cream.

8. RICHARDSON’S ICE CREAM (MIDDLETOWN, MA)

Their motto is “farming since 1695″ and they are still family run today. That’s a 300 year family business! The Richardsons are a dairy farming family and their ice cream is award-winning. The newest ice cream flavor on the menu is Peanut Butter Oreo. And in previous years they’ve been named Best of Boston by Boston Magazine.

9. J.P. LICK’S (BOSTON, MA)

This ice cream shop is right in the heart of Boston with multiple locations. They have been named the best ice cream in Boston in 2013 with the Dig This Awards, featured in Boston Parents, and The Phoenix Best 2009-2012. They were also the Program Winner from the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. You really can’t miss them, they have a giant cow head mounted on their building.

10. THE NUT HOUSE (PROVINCETOWN, MA)

So it’s not just homemade ice cream, they have deserts and nuts too. But the ice cream is what will keep you coming back for more. Food & Wine cited them as some of the best ice cream in the U.S. The other treats they sell are a bonus.

One of our favorites: Herrell’s Ice Cream in Northampton, MA. Herrell’s has over 200 flavors and they’ve been featured in every magazine and newspaper imaginable. The New York Times. The Boston Globe. USA Today.

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To celebrate National Ice Cream Month and National Ice Cream Day, we are giving away the only ice cream cone that melts slowly, our Vanilla Cone Candle. This July 17-20, receive a FREE Small Classic Vanilla Cone Jar on a single purchase of $30 or more, or a FREE Large Classic Vanilla Cone Jar on a single purchase of $50 or more. It’s time to scream for Kringle Candle’s National Ice Cream Weekend!

(Offer Valid Online-Only at www.kringlecandle.com, Not Valid on Past Purchases, Available July 17-20, 2015 one free candle per order – offer has expired)