Very Cool Treats for Very Hot Days
No need to SCREAM for ice cream — we handpicked enough sensational scoop shops to enjoy a different sweet treat every day of the week
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Nothing says summer like a cold, sweet treat. Ice Cream parlors in Westchester are as unique as the flavors they serve. Check out these unique scoop shops around the county.
The Hudson Creamery, Peekskill
You can find a variety of hand-dipped flavors ranging from the typical chocolate and vanilla to Pomegranate Molasses, Salty Caramel Pretzel, and Cappuccino Kahlua Calypso, just to name a few. Be sure to check out their signature sundaes too. Their signature sundaes are what bring customers back again and again. The Fal-Cone, named in honor of the owners, is a vanilla/chocolate soft serve ice cream served in a waffle cone that the inside of has been smeared with Nutella and then dipped in a chocolate crunch that has peanut butter and chocolate drizzled on top. Another great choice is the Breakfast Club with vanilla soft serve in a waffle cone topped with bacon and maple syrup. Looking for a painting party without the alcohol? Have one at the Creamery. Art options are available for children and adults and custom designs can be requested with advance notice. Open Monday through Friday, 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 9 p.m.
The Hudson Creamery
55 Hudson Ave
Bona Bona Ice Cream, Port Chester
Chef Nick Di Bona blends the best of American ice cream and Italian gelato to create his own uniquely delicious desserts. Some of his fun flavors, include Italian rainbow cookie, Holy Cannoli! and Nutella S’mores. As if that isn’t enough, he has also become known for “torching” some desserts to bring out their best. Port Chester’s store also includes the Sprinkle Room for parties and the Milkshake Bar for virgin or alcoholic beverages. Open Monday through Thursday, 2 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday, Noon to 9 pm.
Bona Bona Ice Cream
10 Westchester Ave
Big Foot Creamery, Ossining
Known for its local ingredients from farms in the area, the Creamery has vegan and gluten-free options. Since they rely on local ingredients their flavors change with the seasons. Summer is filled with an abundance of fruity options. Enjoy the Peaches and Cream with peaches from Fishkill Farms or some Blueberry Cheesecake, which combines vanilla ice cream with graham crackers and blueberry compote made with blueberries from Hilltop Hanover Farm. Be sure to head back in the fall for other seasonal flavors including Maple, which is made from Grade A pure maple syrup straight from The Sugarhouse of White Oak Farm. Open Thursday through Sunday, 2 to 9 p.m.
Big Foot Creamery
(in Henry Gourdine Park)
1A Westerly Rd
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Main Street Treats, Tarrytown
At Main Street Sweets you can find homemade ice cream, coffee and espresso beverages, baked goods, and novelty candy. The ice cream parlor tradition is alive and well with indoor and outdoor seating for everyone to enjoy. Flavors change regularly. Some of their specials include the Main Street Special, which has coffee ice cream loaded with chocolate chunks and a fudge ribbon; Espresso Nugget packs a punch with strong coffee ice cream and chocolate-covered espresso candy mixed in; and Fairy Dust, which is Cotton candy flavored. Open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Main Street Sweets
35 Main St
The Blue Pig, Croton
With a slogan of “Your ice cream can only be as good as your milk,” The Blue Pig relies on Hudson Valley Fresh for its milk and cream. They also use local ingredients to make all their tasty treats. Just a few flavors include Ginger with Candied Lemon, Aztec “Hot” Chocolate Chip, and Berry Crumb, which is French vanilla ice cream, berry swirl, and graham cracker gravel. To check out their flavors and hours of the day, check out their Facebook page or Instagram page.
The Blue Pig
121 Maple Street
Penny Lick Ice Cream, Hastings-on-Hudson
Don’t let allergies stop your summer treat fun. Penny Lick says all of its flavors are peanut and tree nut-free. Gluten-free flavors are available as well. Flavors range from the typical vanilla and chocolate to White Bourbon Caramel, which has White chocolate ice cream with a burnt butter bourbon caramel swirl; Lemon Bar, which starts with lemon custard ice cream and includes crushed vanilla cookies; and Honeycomb, which is a sweet vanilla ice cream with a honeycomb caramel sponge candy. Updated summer hours should be posted on their website soon.
Penny Lick Ice Cream
580 Warburton Avenue
Ice Cream Social, White Plains
Created by two high school friends, Ice Cream Social is as much about being a place to get together as it is about their delightful desserts. With something for everyone, including nut-free, vegan, and oat milk-based options, the new perfect place to hang out in White Plains has its daily flavor list posted on Instagram. Some recent flavors include Dulce de Leche, Blue Zoo, and Brownie Batter. Check out their cakes, too! Open Sunday through Thursday from Noon to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from Noon to 10 p.m.
Ice Cream Social
481 Mamaroneck Ave
A media specialist in the education and not-for-profit sectors, Patrice Athanasidy has written in the Hudson Valley for over 25 years. A Bronx native, she loves exploring all the Hudson Valley has to offer from parks to theaters to historic places. Athanasidy is an adjunct professor of communication at Manhattan College and also an alumna. Now a resident of Westchester County, she is a wife and mom of three grown children and has written columns about living family life on the autistic spectrum.
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