The Summer Scoop:

The Greatest Local Ice Cream Spots

A Delicious Accessory: Actress Maria Felix enjoys a chilly treat in 1959 at the Venice Film Festival.


There's nothing like delicious ice cream in a classic waffle cone to cool down during the summer heat! One of our favorite warm-weather activities is stopping by an ice cream parlor as we take a break from our shopping adventures. Some of America's best ice cream shops reside next to J.McLaughlin locations, so you can grab a sweet treat right after finding your favorite fits. Wondering where the best local ice cream spots around the country are? We'll give you the scoop below. 


The Creole Creamery

New Orleans, LA

Offering everything from lavender honey to chocolate amaretto cheesecake flavors, The Creole Creamery harnesses the old-school charm of a traditional ice cream parlor in the heart of NOLA. Its offerings include everything from banana split sundaes to classic milkshakes. The unique flavors change by season, and you can always opt for the convenient four-scoop mini sampler if you want to try more than just one flavor. Suffice to say, The Creole Creamery is the perfect stop for a post-lunch sweet treat or a late-night snack. Plus, you can find New Orlean's J.McLaughlin a five-minute drive away from The Creole Creamery's uptown location on Prytania Street!


The Bent Spoon 

Princeton, NJ

Crafting their ice cream with local and organic ingredients, The Bent Spoon is a must-visit spot to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings in Princeton. You won't want to skip original flavors such as Lavender Mascarpone and Lemon Dragon. If you want something for later, don't forget to pick up their chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, either. During the winter, locals also recommend taking a sip of The Bent Spoon's beloved hot chocolate. Whatever you end up getting, find Princeton's J.McLaughlin a brisk five minute walk away! 


Lappert's Hawaii 

Wailea, HI

If you ever find yourself in Hawaii, Lappert's is a must-visit spot for locally made ice cream and sorbets — it's the perfect place to take a breather after you visit shops and enjoy the beach! As you browse the stores around The Shops of Wailea, you'll definitely be able to identify Lappert's by its heavenly waffle cone scent. Creamy and delicious ice cream favorites include the Caramel Coconut Macadamia Nut and the Kona Lava Java. More in the mood for a cup of joe? You won't want to skip their signature Kona coffee, either. Luckily, J.McLaughlin's Maui location is only steps away from Lappert's.


Frosty Freez

Middletown, RI 

Enjoy a cone of Middletown's Frosty Freez on those warm summer days. First established in 1956, the local ice cream shop is beloved for its old-fashioned simplicity. You're in for a treat, whether you're picking up a cup, cone, sundae, shake, float, or freeze. Locals especially love Frosty Freez's soft-serve ice cream — get yourself a cone of coffee or chocolate and vanilla swirl! The location is also just a short drive away from spots such as Easton Beach and, of course, Newport's very own J.McLaughlin



Phoenix, AZ

Treat yourself on those hot summer days with freshly churned ice cream from Churn. Its dense, rich ice cream comes in a variety of flavors such as Vietnamese coffee, toasted coconut, Madagascar vanilla, and more. While you can get the classic scoop inside of a waffle cone, you'll also be able to order milkshakes, floats, sundaes, and ice cream sandwiches, too. (And don't forget to grab a baked good and coffee for later!) For a post-treat shopping trip, check out Phoenix's J.McLaughlin three miles away from Churn!




Montecito, CA

Montecito is the perfect weekend getaway spot not only for its postcard ocean views but also for delicious ice cream from Rori's! The artisanal ice cream shop prides itself in its simple, no-frills approach: it's just locally sourced milk, cream, and other wholesome ingredients. Must-try flavors include the Biscoff for a subtle cookie texture and the Cup o' Joe Spinelli for smooth chocolate and espresso flavor. A short 10-minute drive away, stop by Montecito's J.McLaughlin after indulging in a sweet treat. 



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