We're always game to stop for a scoop.

June 24, 2020
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Kevin Miyazaki

If there's one thing the Martha Stewart Living editors are serious about, it's ice cream. So serious, in fact, that we know about the very best ice cream shops across the country—and luckily for you, we're happy to share (the details, not our mint chocolate chip, that is). Here, a roundup of where we get our all-time favorite scoops, from traditional ice cream to vegan soft serve and snow cones; bookmark them and pay these shops a visit if you're ever passing through.

The Stand Natural Foods, Laguna Beach, California

When she's in Laguna Beach, senior food editor Lauryn Tyrell always stops at The Stand Natural Foods for lemon and pineapple soft serve. The shop was established in 1975 and has always been—and will always be—committed to serving up the best vegan food in town (their ice cream, included!).

Casey's New Orleans Snowballs, Austin, Texas

This family-run shop, which has been in business since 1996, is a must if you're journeying through hot, sweaty Austin. According to assistant food editor Riley Wofford, their "super-refreshing snow cones" are the ultimate remedy to the heat.

Kopp's Frozen Custard, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"Any visit home requires a visit here. The burgers are heavenly, and the custard-of-the-day never, ever disappoints," editor in chief Elizabeth Graves says of their ice cream offerings, which range from caramel cashew to strawberry cheesecake.

Cruze Farm Dairy, Knoxville, Tennessee

"The cows are grass-fed, so their milk and ice cream have a unique flavor," says food director Sarah Carey of her favorite shop, Cruz Farm Dairy, which boasts two separate locations in Knoxville. "All the treats are delicious."

Springer's, Stone Harbor, New Jersey

"My mom has been going here since she was little. Try the Moreo (mint and Oreos), or peach if it's on the menu," says Melissa Ozawa, features and garden editor.

The Blue Pig, Croton-on-Hudson, New York

Myles McDonnell, copy chief/articles editor, strolls down the street from his house to The Blue Pig for farm-fresh flavors like vanilla malted brownie and ginger with candied lemon.

Sundae School Ice Cream, Dennisport, Massachusets

"Homemade everything," art director James Maikowski says of the Cape Cod staple, which has been consistently named one of the best creameries in the country for years.

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