Ice Cream? Yes Please!
Ice cream season is here! That time of year folks line up for scoops of handcrafted heaven in a homemade waffle cone. Or maybe soft serve with dip top and sprinkles.
Want a candy bar mixed in? Two flavors twisted together? No problem. There’s so much variety, you could get a new flavor each day and still not get through them all before the end of summer.
We’re sure you have your favorite version. And you probably have your own go-to place for this sweet, creamy summertime delicacy (ice cream is delicious any time of year, but has become a special part of summer).
Thanks to over two-thousand local residents nominating and voting for their favorites, we have identified the “Steuben Ice Cream Trail."
Beartown Peaches 'n Cream
At not every ice cream shop can you pick up fresh fruit and vegetables, an array of plants, and also some of the tastiest ice cream around. But Beartown Peaches 'n Cream isn’t every ice cream shop. Stop by and see for yourself why they’ve been a local favorite for years.
Gauss' Sweet Shoppe
Some of the best experiences are found off the beaten path. Gauss' Sweet Shoppe is proof. With a rotating menu of homemade flavors (like banana nut fudge, mango, Pina colada, and others), you’ll want to head out into the country just a little ways for this one.
The Udder Place
Sure, taking your photo with the cows is fun, but The Udder Place is more than a playful diversion. Turns out it’s also a great spot for delicious ice cream and the folks in Hornell are finally sharing the secret with the rest of us.
Dippity Do Dahs
Named TravelAwaits “Best Small Town Ice Cream Shop” in the country for 2021. Stop by Dippity Do Dahs and taste what all the fuss is about. Offering 30 delicious homemade flavors, specialty non-dairy sorbets (including wine sorbets), rotating beer flavors, vegan peanut butter soy, customized ice cream cakes, pizzas, cookie sandwiches and more.
Emmie's Ice Cream
Emmie's Ice Cream offers several options, as well as creative interpretations of what ice cream can be, like their Birthday Cake Confetti Dip Top (that’s right) or the delicious Strawberry and Cheesecake Delight which includes strawberry cheesecake ice cream, accented with real strawberries and an actual slice of cheesecake (yeah, that one sells out).
Twin Kiss Ice Cream
Located just outside of town on Route 415, Twin Kiss is known for ample servings and reasonable prices. More than an ice cream shop, as they also serve grill food, Twin Kiss knows how to take soft-serve ice cream to the next level.
The Pit Stop
Here is one pit stop worth taking. The full name is The Pit Stop Burgers & Cream emphasizing their primary specialties. This small family-owned business serves delicious Perry’s ice cream and “quick to order food items” including a variety of burgers and other fare.
The Sweet Spot
With a barn-like shape and cozy atmosphere giving it an inviting rustic feel, The Sweet Spot features 30 hard flavors and 4 soft serve flavors of Turkey Hill ice cream. You can also find snow cones, ice cream sandwiches, Italian ice, milkshakes, sundaes and more.
The Scoop Ice Cream
Locally owned and operated, The Scoop has been serving the community for over a decade. Known for huge portions and low prices, they’re open all year long (hey, ice cream cravings don’t hibernate). With a variety of flavors in both hard and soft serve, waffle cones, milkshakes, even doggie sundaes.
Crooked Lake Ice Cream Company
This quintessential small town ice cream shop is a Hammondsport landmark long associated with lake life and summertime fun. With a fresh look honoring the past and some new features (like the wide walk up window where you can order deliciousness to go), Crooked Lake Ice Cream has it going on.
History of Ice Cream (In case you were interested!)
Ice cream has come a long way since the days of Alexander the Great and his honey flavored ice, but some form of frozen delight has been enjoyed by various cultures around the world for the past couple millennia.
Of course, up until around 1800, ice cream was “a rare and exotic dessert enjoyed mostly by the elite.” According to some accounts, “President George Washington spent approximately $200 for ice cream during the summer of 1790” and “President Thomas Jefferson was said to have a favorite 18-step recipe for an ice cream delicacy that resembled a modern-day Baked Alaska.”
Over the years, ingredients have changed, as have methods for making, storing, even serving these cold creamy treats.
Did you know in one small American town in the late 19th century it was illegal to sell ice-cream sodas on a Sunday? So they took out the carbonated soda and added syrup, creating an entirely new dessert, craftily disguising the name of this new decadent dish by swapping out one vowel for another and calling it the “Ice Cream Sundae.”
Over 30 ice cream shops throughout Steuben County were nominated for their frozen goodies by locals, some serving ice cream made by others, some specializing in crafting their own tasty creations from scratch. That’s a lot of lip-smacking goodness to explore. It also means no matter what town you visit, you’re bound to find a spot serving up some delicious ice cream.
Check out the Steuben Ice Cream Trail on our Explore Steuben Trip Planner App along with many other exciting things to experience while visiting Steuben County!