Editor’s note: This story was originally published on June 15, 2017 and was updated on July 17, 2020.
In the sticky heat of a Pennsylvania summer, Baskin-Robbins and Cold Stone Creamery are always excellent places to spend an afternoon. Although these classic ice cream chains give a comfortingly familiar experience in each lick, why not explore some tempting new tastes?
The phrase “small-town ice cream shop” doesn’t begin to describe the homey and relaxed vibe of Village Treats, which serves up Bassett’s ice cream along with milkshakes, cakes, cookies and bars. Cool off with a root beer float and a salted caramel butter bar, or just keep it simple with a butter brickle cone.
236 Haverford Ave., Narberth, (610) 664-6000.
Whoever made up “We all scream for ice cream” found a sweet slogan for La Michoacana Ice Cream, a 14-year-old Mexican shop that lets you sprinkle your scoop with chili powder and cinnamon. Amid the chocolate-dipped ice cream popsicles and exotic ice cream flavors like corn and guava, Main Line millennials will whip out their wallets for the avocado ice cream.
231 E. State St., Kennett Square, (610) 444-2996.
After the gym, stop by Yosl’s Frozen Yogurt for a variety of gluten-free, low fat frozen yogurts that are all kosher-certified. This family-run business offers over 90 flavors. If your mouth’s not watering yet, think about the fresh fruit you can pile atop flavors like mountain blackberry and Greek lemon.
137 Montgomery Ave., Bala Cynwyd, (610) 664-9675.
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At Koffmeyer’s, the stars of the show are their cookies, especially a chocolate-swirled vanilla brownie with walnuts they call the Head House Square. But that shouldn’t stop you from heading straight for the ice cream, made nearby in Schuylkill County. Try Monkey Bones or Tandy Cake, the newest flavors as of June 7.
7 Brookline Blvd., Havertown. (484) 454-3526.
Don’t let the name fool you—while Pop’s is homemade, water ice is only one of of the many gallons of frozen options at this South Philly-based shop. Soft and hard ice cream entice alongside gelati shakes, which are concoctions of water ice and soft ice cream that will make you want to skip dinner.
150 W. Eagle Road, Havertown, (484) 454-3526.
The Sugaree temps the sweet tooth, and yours will be thrilled once it sinks into their ice cream, water ice and bulk candy. The cherry on top is that their Halo Top ice cream, a brand from California, is high in protein and low in calories.
3117 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, (610) 356-1066.
Open since March 2017, Tubby Robot will keep one hand busy with the chocolate-loaded menu (anyone for Mexican chocolate or chocolate-covered strawberry?) and the other hand twisting a joystick on the arcade video games.
4369 Main St., Manayunk, (267) 423-4376.
Find a naturalistic escape from the hustle of King of Prussia at Petrucci’s Ice Cream. Try their hand dipped ice cream, Italian water ice, soft ice cream, sundaes, smoothies, or the frozen latte. Notable treats include strawberry lemonade Italian ice and Tiramisu ice cream. The menu isn’t the only draw here, though. Visitors can also wander around the plant nursery, horse and cow pasture, animal feeding area and petting zoo.
670 N. Henderson Road, King of Prussia, (610) 354-0205.
Article updated on 7/13/2018 by Kyleen Considine.
Even if you know you’ll get vanilla, one of the joys of eating ice cream is discovering delicious flavor names. At Handel’s, who could resist Elvis, Spouse Like a House or Graham Central Station?
576 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn, (610) 640-1606.
We’ve found your new neighborhood superhero: by day, The Wayne Bar can supply grab-and-go coffee, donuts, and granola for a killer breakfast, and by afternoon and night, their sundaes and cones will help you chill out. You’ll go to infinity and beyond with the gluten-free, non-dairy and vegan options.
134 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, (484) 580-8822.
Savor delicious ice cream, treat your dog to dog-friendly treats, and take photos in front of Scoops’s Instagram-worthy wall. Located in the heart of Conshohocken, this family-owned business serves up gourmet flavors like Salted Caramel Pretzel Yogurt, a S’mores Sundae, and a sizeable selection of other desserts for your family and your furry friends.
515 Fayette St., Conshohocken, (610) 828-1413.