Did you know the Connecticut Office of Tourism keeps track of where to find the best ice cream? Their Sundae Drives Ice Cream Trail is perfect for ice cream lovers with a hard to satisfy sweet tooth. You’ll have to head to Eastern Connecticut for this delectable adventure, but it’s definitely worth the drive. See the sweet spots for yourself:
This ice cream trails totals 121 miles and features 10 must try destinations. With spots in the Quiet Corner and along the shoreline, these are a perfect addition to any day trip.
1. The Farmer's Cow Calfe
86 Storrs Road, Mansfield, CT 06250
The sundaes here are to die for! Voted Best of New England by Yankee Magazine you'll find twenty flavors of ice cream here, all made with fresh local milk. In fact, they have an all you can drink milk bar to help you quench your thirst.
2. UConn Dairy Bar
3636 Horsebarn Hill Road Ext., Storrs, CT 06269
Here's another reason to love the Huskies. USA Travel Today named this spot one of the best ice cream parlors in the country. There are 24 flavors and Dunn seasonal specials.
728 Hampton Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06230
An Editor's Choice from Yankee Magazine, this quaint shop has been serving the Connecticut community for over 25 years now. You'll find 26 flavors here, all made with 16% butterfat. That's why it tastes so good!
4. Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm
227 Ekonk Hill Road, Moosup, CT 06354
Praised by Connecticut Magazine, this locale has been a favorite since its opening in 2006. Family owned and operated, you'll find 25 great flavor choices here. And a whole lot of turkeys.
5. Hank's Dairy Bar
1006 Norwich Road, Plainfield, CT 06374
According to Connecticut Magazine this is the best dairy bar in the state. It features a retro feel that pairs well with its soft serve once cream and classic sundaes. This family owned dive is a longstanding fan favorite.
6. Buttonwood Farm
473 Shetucket Turnpike, Griswold, CT 06351
At this spot you can actually say hello to the cows who helped make this delicious ice cream possible. Snag a cup of one of their 40 flavors of ice cream and see the jaw dropping sunflower field. Roadfood.com considers this locale one of the best in the U.S.
7. Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream
2 West Main Street, Mystic, CT 06355
Who can say no to ice cream with a view? VisitingNewEngland.com calls this place "wicked good ice cream," complete with 30 flavors. Every batch is hand mixed just for you.
8. Michael's Dairy
629 Montuak Avenue, New London, CT 06320
These folks love ice cream so much they'll sell it to you in a pail. Managed by Mitchell College students, there are 35 flavors to choose from at this old fashioned dairy bar. They even host sock hops.
9. A.C. Petersen Farms
113 Shore Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371
You'll find 40 flavors of ice cream, sherbert and sorbet at this charming drive-in. This company started 100 years ago and is now an NBC Connecticut Golden Local. You're guaranteed to enjoy the ice cream here.
10. Salem Valley Farms Ice Cream
20 Darling Road, Salem, CT 06420
This hidden gem could be your new favorite spot. Over 60 flavor options are waiting for you, and none of them include any artificial flavoring. This place is what dreams are made of.
No need to accomplish this ice cream trail in a single day. Spread this adventure out over the summer for a series of rewarding day trips.