One often-repeated but hard-to-verify factoid states that New Englanders consume more ice cream per capita than folks anywhere else in the country, and we’re inclined to believe it. In addition to our general ice cream love, however, we’ve also cornered the market on a few ice cream flavors that are often considered especially New England-y.
Can you guess what they are? Read on to learn more about 5 Favorite New England ice cream flavors, then let us know yours!
In search of one place that could deliver scoops of all 5 on my list, I made the 15-minute drive from the Yankee office to Kimball Farm in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. You may recall we visited Kimball Farm earlier this summer, in search of advice on how to make one of their famous banana splits, but if not, you can watch the video here.
With the help of friendly scooper Taran, I left armed with 5 kiddie cups full of cold, creamy goodness. Unfortunately, they were also melting fast! October weather in New England, as we all know, can go either way, and it was a warm one — nearing 70 degrees! Fortunately, ice cream tastes just as good soft as it does rock-hard from the freezer.
So, here they are in alphabetical order (no playing favorites when it comes to a group of favorites, right?).
5 Favorite New England Ice Cream Flavors
Black Raspberry Ice Cream
Whenever we talk about New England food on our social media channels, we hear a lot of love for black raspberry ice cream. Vibrantly purple and raspberry sweet, this one is a colorful keeper.
Coffee Ice Cream
Ahhh, coffee ice cream. Here in New England (and especially in Rhode Island), we take our coffee love seriously, and that includes in ice cream form. Smooth and bold with big coffee flavor, the only way to make it better is to blend it into a coffee cabinet (or frappe) made with Autocrat Coffee Syrup.Make a Batch: Creamy Coffee Ice Cream Recipe
Frozen Pudding Ice Cream
Some say it’s an acquired taste, some say it’s just a Yankee word for dressed up rum raisin, while others claim you’ve got to be of a certain age to order it, but the rum-based frozen pudding ice cream, loaded with plump fruit, is still a classic. We often hear from New Englanders that have since moved away, wondering if you can still order a cup. “It was my Dad’s favorite flavor back in the day” one reader said.
Grapenut Ice Cream
We love Grapenut anything in New England (especially Grapenut Pudding), so why not ice cream? Here, a vanilla base ice cream is thick with nutty, soft bits of Grape-Nuts cereal. Try it once and love it for life! We swear!
Make a Batch:Grapenut Ice Cream Recipe
Maple Walnut Ice Cream
A true New England classic. Creamy maple ice cream studded with crunchy walnuts — does it get any better than this?
The last time we asked our Facebook fans about coffee ice cream, we heard a lot of replies like this instead:
“Coffee Ice cream? Available anywhere. BUT, Maple Walnut Ice cream…..now you’re talking about a rare treat.“
“I’m a born and raised New Englander (MA), I like coffee ice cream. But oh that maple walnut – LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!“
“Maple Walnut ice cream is a rare treat but that is something I cannot find anywhere in Tucson, AZ. When we lived back in Maine I remember eating Maple Walnut with sour cream potato chips. It was delicious…”
Clearly, this is one unique New England ice cream flavor worth treasuring.
Make a Batch:Maple Walnut Ice Cream Recipe
Which ice cream flavors remind YOU of New England? Let us know in the comments!
This post was first published in 2015 and has been updated.