Get the scoop on some new ice cream shops around town.
Kristen Rummel, former kitchen manager and recipe developer at Union Square Donuts, vividly remembers being served corn ice cream at a restaurant a few years ago. “I wished I could find that at the grocery store,” she says. “I thought it would be really cool to bring odd-flavored ice cream to the general public.” She’s done just that with Honeycomb Creamery, which she launched with her husband last June. It’s been a fixture at farmers markets, and the pair will open a brick and mortar in July, serving 16 rotating flavors made with milk and cream from Mapleline Farm in Hadley—Rummel is particularly excited for summer flavors like basil and goat cheese and cucumber jalapeno.
1702 Mass. Ave., Cambridge honeycombcreamery.com
Tipping Cow Ice Cream
“We did a day or two in ice cream making [in school], and I just fell in love,” says Cambridge School of Culinary Arts grad Anna Gaul, who started Tipping Cow in a shared kitchen in Cambridge in 2013 and opened her Somerville small-batch ice cream shop last month. “It’s so versatile and a really cool vehicle for whatever flavor you want to experiment with.” Those flavors include offbeat offerings such as Irish stout, cinnamon oatmeal and her personal favorite, strawberry basil. “We infuse basil into our ice cream base, then swirl in a strawberry compote for a summery, refreshing treat,” says Gaul, whose shop also serves cookies, brownies and coffee.
415 Medford St., Somerville tippingcowicecream.com
FoMu co-owner Deena Jalal and her husband/partner Hin Tang spend a lot of time in the South End. “We’re always like, how come there’s no place to go for dessert? We should be walking around with an ice cream cone right now.” That’s gotten easier since their vegan ice cream shop’s third location opened on Tremont Street last month. It has the same flavors, like salted caramel and avocado, that Allston and JP patrons love, but the space offers something different: The former art gallery is 50 percent bigger than the other shops and has a lounge area and a dedicated kids’ table. “We want it to be a place for people in the neighborhood not only to grab dessert, but stay and convene, and carve out a little space.”
655 Tremont St., Boston (617-982-7955) fomuicecream.com
The Parlor Ice Cream Co.
Jacqueline Dole broke onto the ice cream scene this spring with pop-up Parlor Ice Cream Co. “Ice cream is a great vehicle to play with texture and flavor, but in a more accessible way than your fine-dining pastry atmosphere,” says the former Mei Mei pastry chef, who’s in the process of procuring a temporary brick-and-mortar home in Somerville’s KITCHENiNC. The plan is for a summer weekend residency for her unique flavors, like sumac and strawberry and “an ode to Maine” made with blueberry and maple pie crumb. For now, she’s offering delivery, catering and pop-ups that have included an Ice Cream Anti-Social, where Dole served scoops with emo names like “Texas Is the Raisin.”