By The HOWL Street Team
156 South Main St., Middleton
For many who worship at the altar of delicious frozen treats, it doesn’t get any better than Richardson’s. Owned and operated by a dairy farming family that has been in business for more than 300 years, it’s safe to say they have mastered the art of the perfect ‘scream. Try their old-fashioned Frozen Pudding, a rum based ice cream with raisins, pineapple, maraschino cherries, apples and peaches. The fresh fruit sorbet is a nice option for friends who can’t do dairy, and, if you prefer drinking your ice cream, the frappes are otherworldly.
181 Washington St., Boxford
Farm-to-table never tasted so sweet. Strawberries, raspberries, peaches, blueberries, apples and blackberries are all harvested from local farms and blended into Benson’s creamy treats. Availability on these flavors is limited to each fruit’s growing season. It doesn’t get any fresher than that. So what are you waiting for? Get down there and savor summer’s bounty before it’s gone for another year. And tell them HOWL sent you. Xo
195 New Boston Rd., Dracut
Another local hot spot that has been churning out creamy, classic flavors for generations, Shaw’s is a landmark working-farm that truly loves and cares for its cows. Maybe that’s why their homemade ice cream is so damn tasty. We love the apple strudel ‘scream, salted caramel and coffee Oreo. The farm store is also a great place to pick up locally sourced products from honey to beer soap, and, if you’re a fan of chocolate, Shaw’s chocolate milk is arguably the best in the world.
176 Middlesex Rd., Tyngsboro
Cue the sugar whisperer, a.k.a. Sullivan’s, where ice cream mongers flock from far away to sample thick, rich and creamy flavors like purple cow (black raspberry with white chocolate chunks), Kaluha fudge brownie, and white chocolate caramel latte. And we have to mention the coffee frappe, which is nothing short of nirvana in a cup.
400 Littleton Rd., Westford
For those who need a couple scoops of adventure along with their sundae, the Westford outpost of this popular ice cream stand is also famous for having bumper boats, grilled food, a small animal farm, batting cages, country store, espresso bar and hands-down one of the best mini golf courses in New England. Oh yeah, and there’s the ice cream — you can fill up on a kiddie size cup and the banana split is big enough to feed a family of four.
326 High St., Ipswich
Our favorite place for a Sunday drive, this is incredibly fresh-tasting ice cream made on site with premium ingredients and a seemingly endless menu of creative flavors like Outrageous (made with several variations of chocolate), peppermint stick and orange pineapple. A day trip here is also a two-fer because it’s down the road from the legendary Clambox fried clam shack. Dear God, bring the defibrillators. Quick!
Dolce Freddo Gelato
300 Merrimack St., Methuen
This Italian cousin of ice cream, which sports a lower fat content, is made fresh daily in small-batches at Dolce Freddo. The cozy shop also boasts a dizzying selection of out-of-this-world flavors like vanilla figs, tiramisu, and a wonderful transformation of the sainted cannoli aptly named Holy Cannoli — Bellissimo!
1079 Westford St., Lowell
We all scream for ice cream but if you’re looking for a different kind of frozen treat, you’d be depriving yourself if you didn’t try the ice cream/Hawaiian ice hybrid simply called “shaved snow” at Snowdaes. This Taiwanese take on ice cream — delivered in ribbon-like layers — is light, rich, creamy and lower in fat than traditional ice cream. There’s also a long list of toppings for DIY flavoring and a rotating list of milkshakes and bubble tea.
55 Graniteville Rd., Chelmsford
A classic New England stand without frills or promises of artisanal frozen treats. Just honest to goodness ice cream that your grandma would serve, only better. This is old-school recipe ‘scream that is beyond solid where it counts — the flavor factor.
66 Thoreau St., Concord
Soft-serve enthusiasts rejoice! This long-running ice cream stand churns out more than 60 flavors to suit your tastebuds. While there’s no shortage of flavor options in soft or hard styles, we recommend their award-winning vanilla because it’s decadently rich, creamy and sometimes a body just needs a heaping sugar cone dripping in rainbow sprinkles (or jimmies for all you die-hard New Englanders).