4 Great Places for Ice Cream in Westchester!

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! Summer means it’s time to celebrate this cool, creamy treat. Stop by these local ice cream shops and turn getting your indulgence into a family outing.

Storefront or Push Cart

Culinary Institute-trained Chef Ellen Sledge, serves up homemade ice cream featuring old-fashioned fresh ingredients: heavy cream, cream-lined whole milk, eggs and sugar. The ice cream is available in pints, cups, push-up pops (great for kids), sandwiches and cakes. There are the classic flavors, plus seasonal favorites including Drunken Pumpkin, Blackberry Mint, Roasted Strawberry and their popular Ethiopian Macchiato. Check their website for the push cart locations or stop by the storefront. Penny Lick Ice Cream, 580 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson. 525-1580. pennylickicecream.com.

Sweets and More Sweets

With 34 homemade flavors everyone can find something delicious to order here. Made with no preservatives or food coloring, you’ll find the traditional choices plus some surprises, including PB/Nutella Swirl, Cookie Monster Peanut Butter Cup, Happy Birthday and Holy Cannoli. Not in the mood for ice cream? Try their sweet crepes, cakes, lattes, cappuccinos and penny candy by the pound. You can even place a to-go order online. Village Creamery & Sweet Shop, 32 Broadway, Valhalla. 421-1300. villagecreamerysweetshop.com.

The Original

Longford’s has been producing small batch, all natural homemade ice cream for 25 years. They offer more than 60 flavors plus some 30 types of sorbet and gelato. Other ingredients such as Oreos, Girl Scout cookies, M&Ms and peanut butter cups are used to create specialty flavors. Thry their new flavor, Mango Ice Cream with fresh chuncks of mango! You’ll find the product at country clubs, scoop shops, restaurants and hotels, but why not stop by their quaint retail establishment in Rye. Longford’s Own Made Ice Cream, 4 Elm Place, Rye. 967-3797. longfordsicecream.com.

Ice Cream School Graduates

Who knew Penn State had an Ice Cream Course? The owners of The Ice Cream Parlour & Confectionary for one, because they are graduates. You’ll find some 40 ice cream flavors plus special diet versions including reduced fat/sugar free chocolate, reduced fat/sugar free raspberry ripple, lactose free vanilla and kosher flavors. Try the novelties such as ice cream floats, egg creams and banana splits. Don’t miss the candy corner offering “old thyme” candy. The Ice Cream Parlour & Confectionary, 1941 Palmer Ave., Larchmont. 630-7300. theicecreamparlour.com.

Jean Sheff is editor of Westchester Family and an ice cream connoisseur.