July is National Ice Cream Month, otherwise known as the sweetest month of the year. This means 31 days of creamy goodness offered up in endless flavors of decadently, delicious ice cream.
With the goal of doing the “hard research” for this article, I dug deep to get the scoop on the latest flavors and brands in the market. After much investigation, I have compiled a list of classic and unique ice creams for you to sample, brand stories to tell, and organizations to support. Oh, and I found a couple surprises to share with you too.
National Ice Cream Month
When the CFO of a NYC corporation takes his business knowledge and combines it with his passion for ice cream, Adirondack Creamery is born. This all natural ice cream brand is based out of the Western Adirondacks. Their farm family recipe uses exactly what you think ice cream should be made of: cream, milk, sugar, and egg yolks. No artificial ingredients or colors and as many locally sourced, simple, recognizable ingredients as possible.
Their assortment of flavors include the classics as well as some more unique flavors like Syrian Date and Walnut and Kulfi Pistachio Cardamom. Watch for the seasonal line too as they have become very big sellers: Pumpkin Pie, Egg Nog, and Peppermint Stick.
Did you see the message on the Syrian Date container? A good reminder. In the owner’s words, “Food also has the real power to remind us all that there’s much more that unites us than separates us.”
From the first spoonful of Frutero Ice Cream, you’ll feel like your transported to the tropics thanks to the 100% real tropical fruit in the recipe. A winning combination of creamy, swoon-worthy texture and authentic fruit flavors, Frutero is sure to be a summer standout, as well as a treat to enjoy all year long. With 7 delicious flavors including Passion Fruit, Guava, Guanabana, Coconut, Mango, Tangerine and Pineapple, it’s like experiencing a trip to the tropics, no passport required.
Open since 1926, The Original Rainbow Cone is a Chicago classic that serves ice cream featuring extraordinary flavors and textures, including the world-famous 5-flavor “Rainbow Cone,” sundaes, milkshakes, and memories dedicated to last forever.
Their signature cone has five delicious flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry, Palmer House, Pistachio, and Orange Sherbet that is sliced (not scooped) into one colorful cone.
Alec’s Ice Cream is the first and only regenerative-verified and USDA organic certified ice cream utilizing 100% A2 dairy. Unlike A1 dairy which accounts for the majority of the dairy on the market, A2 dairy is the original milk protein that has been known to lead to easier digestion. The product is manufactured in Northern California. The brand currently offers six creamy, high-quality, and nostalgic flavors – Tahitian Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel Latte, Honey Blueberry Lavender, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Matcha Chocolate Chip.
In honor of National Ice Cream Month, Alec’s will be donating a portion of sales of every 6-pint pack sold through their website to Kiss The Ground – a California-based 501(c)(3) environmental non-profit educating people about our ability to regenerate land and reverse climate change through rebuilding healthy soil – for purchases made from 7/1 through 7/31. For added incentive, all customers who purchase the 6-pint pack will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a year’s supply of Alec’s Ice Cream, which will be announced on Friday, August 5th.
McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams was founded in 1949, in Santa Barbara, California, by husband and wife, Gordon “Mac” and Ernesteen McConnell. Having owned health food stores in the 1930’s, Mac was inspired by a bowl of vanilla ice cream for his next business venture.
McConnell’s ice cream recipe was created using no fillers, stabilizers and preservatives. In addition, they would be using Central Coast farms and purveyors for their bounty of year ‘round and seasonal ingredients, including local grass-grazed milk & cream, fruit, nuts and produce.
In 2012, McConnell’s transitioned to its third generation of family ownership when Santa Barbara husband and wife, Michael Palmer and Eva Ein – he’s a winemaker, she’s a chef/restaurateur – took the reins. Three generations in, the ice cream company TIME Magazine called “the best in the world”, operates according to the same standards Mac and Ernie established almost 70 years ago.
Jeni’s Ice Cream recently launched the “At The Pool” Collection that will inspire you to grab your swimsuit, beach towel and sunglasses. The five-flavor new Bombastix Sundae Cone elevates the simple old-fashioned vanilla cone with double vanilla cream complete with chocolate coated waffle cone pieces and fudge swirls. Another newbie, Butterscotch Popcorn is a sun-popped popcorn ice cream with a butterscotch crunch for a kettle corn flavor that tastes as sweet as that evening summertime light feels.
And returning for the summer season — Watermelon Taffy – a creamy, tart candied watermelon delight, Golden Nectar – a blend of spices that taste like a chilled summer chai with cracked caramel, and Lemon Bar – a punchy vegan lemon curd with shortbread crust and rich coconut cream.
Salt & Straw Ice Cream is a Portland-based, family-run ice cream company that was founded in 2011 by cousins Kim & Tyler Malek. Salt & Straw makes unbelievably delicious ice creams that tell the narrative of artisans, meaningful food movements and important social causes.
The company creates unique menus that rotate monthly featuring ice cream that is crafted with unthinkable care and designs a generous store experience that’s personalized and welcoming. The debut Salt & Straw Cookbook was released in April 2019.
Salt & Straw presently has 28 shops within OR, WA, CA and FL, plus an online channel shipping ice cream nationwide.
Serendipity Ice Cream is the product of a wonderland of bold and beloved ice cream flavors conceptualized in the heart of New York City. Known for its over-the-top and iconic flavors, their ice cream is unique in that it’s a sundae in a pint. The super-premium, ultra-creamy ice cream contains pieces, chunks and swirls of incredible add-ins that make it stand out from the competition. Flavors include Birthday Cake, Forbidden Broadway Sundae, Cookies and Cream Remix, Humble Pie, Friends Central Perk Coffee Almond Fudge, Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, Strawberry Fields Sundae and Unicorn Bliss Sundae.
In addition to being a bold ice cream line, Serendipity is making a delicious difference through their ice cream flavors. The brand has teamed up with their Co-Owner, Selena Gomez, to place a focus on mental health education through their partnership with the Rare Impact Fund, where every pint purchase will result in 1% of sales towards Gomez’s fund.
NadaMoo! ice cream is made with coconut milk and packed with nutrients and antioxidants that you can’t find in other pints. This go-to vegan ice cream brand offers classic flavors like Organic Chocolate, Organic Vanilla and Organic Mint Chip, as well as new options like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and S’mores.
Dress up your ice cream with this delicious assortment of the newest Skinny Syrups. In the gift box are Caramel Fudge Waffle Cone, Birthday Cake, and Cookie Dough. Made with Sucralose, the Skinny Syrups are a guilt-free flavor to add to coffees, lattes, protein shakes, smoothies, baking, oatmeal or just about anything.
In addition, they are:
- 0 Calories, 0 Sugar, and 0 Carbs
- Gluten Free & Kosher
- Made in the USA
Now, we can’t leave our furry friends out of this delicious month of frozen treats. Thanks to the The Bear and The Rat, there are goodies just for our four legged family members.
The Bear is a Lhasa Apso who growls like a bear. The Rat is a Rat Terrier. They make cool treats for dogs! The frozen yogurt dog treats have a daily serving of prebiotics and four plant-based digestive enzymes. The prebiotics grow the pet’s native bacteria for healthy stools, less gas and the digestive enzymes help them absorb their food to the fullest!
Found in 4-packs with flavors like Bacon & Peanut Butter and Banana & Peanut Butter. There is even a goat’s milk line and Pumpkin & Cinnamon that’s only available in independent pet stores.