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And the Winner of Best Ice Cream in Milford is...

Patch contributor Larissa Watt serves up Scoop of the City honors.

Milford is full of ice cream shops and we have visited them all -- 10 to be exact: Walnut Beach Creamery, Carvel, Friendly's, Scoopy Doos, Cone Zone, Dairy Queen, The Sundae House, Praline's, Rita's, and Twilight Cone.

Before declaring who serves the best ice cream in the city, let's take a quick look back at the competition:

  • Twilight, Scoopy Doos and The Sundae House all feature Buck's ice cream, which is delicious and made right in Milford.

  • is adjacent to the beach, has ample outdoor seating overlooking the harbor, and The Sundae House has homemade italian ice and cool ice cream concoctions.

  • has had the same committed owner since opening in the '60s (that says alot), so it is one of my favorites in Milford.

  • was also yummy and conveniently located at the mall. Praline's is a chain, but the ice cream is made in Connecticut.

  • is open year-round and the owner's always greet you with a smiling face and friendly demeanor.

  • is creamy, open year-round and has weekly buy-one, get-one free specials.

  • is conveniently located, has good ice cream, friendly service, serves full, inexpensive meals all day and is family-friendly.

  • is a fun place to go -- fun colors, good ice cream (Gifford's), and lots of parking and outdoor seating.

  • Of all the parlors, Friendly's, Dairy Queen and Praline's are the only to offer indoor seating.

  • has some of the best ice cream I have ever tasted and gives your mouth a run for its money. Since opening this year, they have been involved with ongoing fundraisers, which shows their commitment to our community. They are also open year-round.

But, when it comes down to it, takes the cake ... or, better yet, the cone.

The ice cream is homemade by the owner on-premise at this boutique shop and offers the palate fresh, creative flavors in addition to traditional favorites. There is limited, tasteful seating in the rear of the creamery, and the parlor is a short walk to the beach.

Walnut Beach Creamery is also involved with the community and offers free ice cream at different events throughout the season. Though there are times when I felt certain flavors should be more generous with mixed-in ingredients, overall this parlor shines.

You can't beat homemade ice cream by the beach with reasonable prices and good service to boot. In my opinion, Walnut Beach Creamery scoops the the title of best ice cream in the city.

Judy Goldwyn September 09, 2011 at 11:17 PM
Okay, Larissa. I agree that Walnut Beach Creamery is excellent and unique in its flavors. I enjoy grabbing a cone and walking down to the beach eating it fast enough to keep it from dripping all over the place. But, I have to put in my vote for Scoopy Doos. Not only is the ice cream made, as you point out, in Milford, but their offerings are varied and interesting. AND, sitting at a table watching the boats and the people as I scarf down the ice cream is a unique Milford experience to be savored. When I have out-of-town guests during the summer, I take them to the harbor and we order Buck's ice cream from Scoopy Doos. It makes them swoon at my good fortune to live here. I smile and sweetly say, "I agree."
Judy Goldwyn September 09, 2011 at 11:18 PM
One more thing, Larissa. How lucky are you to get these assignments! What's next?
Larissa Watt September 10, 2011 at 04:23 AM
Thanks for your input Judy. I can't say I dislike any ice cream parlor. Scoopy Doos has the best outdoor seating--I agree but Walnut Beach Creamery takes the time to make their own ice cream in house, I never feel rushed at the counter, are a short walk to the beach and their excellent customer service is consistent..I must say, I take turns visiting visit Walnut, Sundae House, Scoopy Doos and The Cone Zone during the summer. Have you noticed The Sundae House has been closed since the storm?
Larissa Watt September 10, 2011 at 04:26 AM
I agree. We are lucky to live in Milford. We are the envy of many vacationers. As far as what's next..what is your vote? I am happily eating my way across town:-)
Diane Favier September 10, 2011 at 03:05 PM
I'm partial to CONE ZONE....even though they no longer have my favorite (Black Raspberry Buggaboo Fudge). However, I will happily stop at ANY ice cream facility which makes Milford the best place to live.
Sarah Wynne November 01, 2011 at 02:11 PM
Rita's is not open year-round.

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