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NC's Best Ice Cream

Posted July 10, 2007

Ready. Set. Sweat. We're locked in a heat wave this week so let's battle back. Ice cream, anyone? Frozen custard? How about a smoothie?

Today's question: What is North Carolina's best ice cream? Feel free to include comments on custard and smoothies.

Elizabeth Gardner is a big fan of NC State University's ice cream served up in the student center and at the NC State Fair in October. For store bought her passion is Haagen Dazs caramel cone featuring ribbons of caramel with lumps of cone dipped in chocolate.

Valonda Calloway is craving Cold Stone Creamery chocolate ice cream as I write this. Valonda is also a big fan of Edy's chocolate slow churn.

Mark Roberts and I are in total agreement on our favorite: Kilwin's in Blowing Rock. The butter pecan variety will knock your socks off.

I have a soft spot in my heart for ice cream. My wife proposed to me in the parking lot of a Dairy Queen. We were eating a vanilla cone dipped in chocolate at the time. Today we love take the family to Goodberry's in Cary for a mint chocolate chip concrete.

Chris Thompson says the very best vanilla ice cream in the world can be found near Chapel Hill at Maple View Farms.

What about you? Where do you go for some great ice cream?


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  • urchin123 Jul 12, 2007

    Maple View Ice Cream in the heart of Orange County! No question-it's the best!

  • nancyrobinson Jul 12, 2007

    The best ice cream? Why, it isn't ice cream at's GELATO! Henry's Gelato in Cary serves up the creamiest and dreamiest creations west of Venice, Italy! Henry's authentic Chocolate gelato has the most flavor and the fewest calories - I'm hoping that by eating lots and lots I'll look like an Italian model!!!

  • guppy Jul 12, 2007

    Sunni Skys in Angier!!! Cake Batter, and Peanut Butter Fudge Ice cream are the best!!!

  • New York Yankee Jul 11, 2007

    I am with Chris on this one. I had Maple View Farms Chocolate Lavender Ice Cream last summer. YUMMY!!!!! Oh yeah...they also have good chocolate milk. It comes in a bottle.

  • hspnc Jul 10, 2007

    Breyer's Chocolate is the BEST! I also enjoy Goodberry's. I have a concrete made with chocolate custard and marshmellow cream and caramel added in!

  • tspoon Jul 10, 2007

    My mother's home-made peach ice cream. Man, it's worth all work, sweat and mess that are required in the Carolina heat.

  • Bass Pro 3 Jul 10, 2007

    I agree......homemade is best! As a matter of fact, we just finished eating homemade chocolate about fifteen minutes ago. As the churn was humming, I could taste that rich flavor. Every newly wed couple needs an ice cream maker for a wedding gift with a good recipe!!

  • Myword Jul 10, 2007

    Yep. Homemade is best.

    I guess I like Goodberry's best for commercial. But really, homemade peach ice cream...mmmmm

  • UNCfuturealumi Jul 10, 2007

    This is not a commercial, but I go home for the best ice cream. My Mom, now 95 years old, made the best using milk, sugar and vanilla. She would take the separaters from the ice trays and pour the mixture into the trays and we climb in a kitchen chair many times awaiting for it to freeze. That was the very best, by the hands of a poor Mom treating her kids to this day the very best ice cream there was then and today still is.

  • london12 Jul 10, 2007

    best custard - Goodberry's vanilla with chocolate chips
    best store bought - Breyer's natural vanilla




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