Maple syrup isn’t Vermont’s sole claim to dessert fame — farm-fresh ingredients and picturesque mountain backdrops make southern Vermont an ice cream lover’s paradise. Non-natives, keep in mind, however: what you call soft serve, we call creemees. Once you get used to our vocab, fulfill your ice cream dreams at these ice cream parlors in southern Vermont.
1. THE CREEMEE STAND (WILMINGTON)
Located right off Route 100, locals and visitors have been frequenting Wilmington for over 15 years to get a taste of the Creemee Stand’s rich, flavorful cones. For the full-fledged Vermont experience, try one of their signature maple creemees, made with pure Vermont maple syrup from Wilmington-area sugar houses.
2. WALPOLE CREAMERY (KEENE, NH)
Don’t think we’re cheating on our beloved Green Mountain State — the Walpole Creamery in Keene, New Hampshire is worth a trip across the border. With a “super premium” product that has 70% less overrun (that’s air to you and me) than your standard grade of ice cream, you’d be hard-pressed to find a creamier scoop in the area.
3. HIDDEN SPRINGS MAPLE (PUTNEY, VT)
If you want authentic Vermont, you’d be best off heading straight for the source. Hidden Springs Maple is a family farm that offers only the finest organic maple syrup around, and, with it, maple creemees that are legen-dairy in southern Vermont.
4. CHELSEA ROYAL DINER (WEST BRATTLEBORO)
If you’ve grown tired of chocolate and vanilla, take a short ride over to the Chelsea Royal Diner’s Royal Madness Ice Cream Stand for a scoop of Cherry Remy, Toasted Coconut, or Rum Raisin. Pro tip: homemade ice cream goes best after a meal of homestyle french fries and local, grass-fed beef. (Hint, hint.)
Here at The Latchis, we, too, scream for ice cream — and it’s just one of many reasons to fall in love with southern Vermont. After all, a scoop is best served after a day of hiking, biking, or relishing in those breathtaking mountain views.