Here’s the Scoop: The 12 Best Places in the World to Satisfy Your Ice Cream Cravings

Humphry Slocombe – San Francisco, CA

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Part of being in adult is getting to eat ice cream for breakfast without a hint of guilt or shame, something the smart folks at Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream celebrate with their Secret Breakfast. This bourbon and cornflake-infused ice cream is a big hit at the shop, and we can’t help but think it would go really well with the Blue Bottle Vietnamese coffee flavor. Two scoops, one really great way to start the day. In addition to the usual traditional vanilla and chocolate and assorted toppings, Humphry Slocombe’s rotating slate of 10-12 daily flavors also includes wacky inventions like balsamic caramel, peanut butter curry, prosciutto, Thai chili lime, pink grapefruit and tarragon, and cucumber ice milk.

Big Gay Ice Cream – New York, NY

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With a name like Big Gay Ice Cream, you can pretty much guess that this food truck turned brick-and-mortar business isn’t going to be quite like all the rest. Owners Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff are clearly playful folks, a quality reflected in their seasonally inspired menu. In addition to signature offerings like the Salty Pimp (a cone with vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, sea salt, and a chocolate dip), you can make your own combination using any of their intriguing ice cream flavors topped with anything from olive oil to wasabi pea dust to elderflower syrup to Sriracha. This ain’t your mama’s snack, but we’d be willing to bet even she’d like a lick.

Fräulein Frost – Berlin, Germany

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This five-year-old shop specializes in making ice cream using only natural products, including organic and additive-free milk, and the menu includes vegan options as well. The health aspect is all well and good, but most visitors here come for the iconic offerings like the Graceland, with peanut butter, banana, and chocolate flakes, waffle and ice cream combos (complete with syrup, of course), and the ice cream spaghetti, which you have to see (and taste!) to believe.

Ice Parlor – Tokyo, Japan

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Your notion of Japanese cuisine might be more about raw fish and rice than ice cream, but one shop in Tokyo is changing everyone’s idea of what this traditional dessert is all about. Ice Parlor carries fifty different varieties of ice cream, including bizarre flavors as curry, beef tongue, and crab. Unlike the single or double-scoop menus in most stateside eateries, this shop serves up six small scoops of their specialities, sort of like a tapas tasting of ice cream. Meat-flavored dessert might not be your go-to treat, but for adventurous eaters this place is a must-try.

Creole Creamery – New Orleans, LA

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All the gumbo, spice-soaked crawfish, and jambalaya in the Big Easy may very well set your poor mouth on fire, but thanks to the hardworking gang at the Creole Creamery, relief is only a scoop or two away. Sample their super creamy ice cream in their version of classic dishes like a Banana Split or Milkshake Float or tantalize your taste buds with creative creations like cantaloupe, champagne, cucumber, blood orange and fennel, or lemon basil ice cream. If you’re feeling brave, you can tackle the Tchoupitoulas Challenge and eight-scoop sundae with your choice of eight toppings garnished with whipped cream and cherries. The reward? Super tight pants and your name on the hall of fame.

Malley’s Ice Cream – Cleveland, Ohio

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In 1935, the Great Depression was tanking finances and spirits all across the United States, but for a Cleveland area man named Mike Malley, the dream of a sweets-themed store was not to be denied. He turned a loan of $500 into a chain of now 21 stores that continue to delight Northeast Ohians to this day. The location in North Olmsted, OH has its own merry-go-round that allows diners to get a 360-degree view of the numerous candy displays as they enjoy their Sweet William brownie sundae, and the Bay Village store has Alice in Wonderland tea parties that are as delicious as they are adorable. Enjoy a triple-drip cone, and make sure you take some chocolates for later. Trust us on that one.