Philly's top 10 local ice creams

A scoop of Capogiro's chocolate (cioccolato scuro)
A scoop of Capogiro's chocolate (cioccolato scuro) (C.F. Sanchez/ Staff Photographer)
Posted: August 08, 2014

IT'S BEEN a coupla seasons since the People Paper started exploring Philly's ice-cream frontier. Hasn't always been easy going. (OK, yes it has.) It's been . . . delicious.

Before summer's done for, our stuffed reporters are sharing 10 top Scoops - flavor faves, if you will. If you won't? It's all good. As Eric Berley, of Old City's Franklin Fountain, said, "What's fun about ice cream is, it draws out the best in people."


( cioccolato scuro), Capogiro

4 Philly locations

Looks like deep, dark devil's food cake batter. Tastes better. Pair with nocciola Piemontese (hazelnut), and you'll never see a Reese's the same way again. Next month, the owners plan to add to their empire with Capofitto, a pizzeria/bar/gelateria, at 233 S. 2nd St.

Piccolo (small, up to 2 flavors) cup, $4.50, cone, $4.75; medio (medium, up to 3 flavors) $5.75, cone $6; grande (large, up to 4 flavors) $7.

119 S. 13th St., 215-351-0900;

117 S. 20th St., 215-636-9250;

1625 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-462-3790;

3925 Walnut St., 215-222-0252;


French vanilla


Center City

'Cause well past a century, you can't argue with most popular. Egg yolk goes into the mix, the way it's supposed to. Find it in your grocer's freezer. Find it at its best at the circa 1892 station-side store.

2 scoops, $4.50; 3 scoops, $5.75.

Reading Terminal Market,

45 N. 12th St., 215-735-9797,



Uncle Dave's

Bucks County

Made with berries grown, ripened, picked and blended right there on the farm - the farm with pick-your-own peaches, a big playground and live bands on Friday nights.

Kids (1 scoop), $2.99; regular (2 scoops), $4; large (3 scoops), $4.50.

Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley, 267-575-9074,


Peanut butter

Franklin Fountain

Old City

The friendly soda jerks at this old-fashioned shop know the origins of their cream (family dairies in Berks and Lancaster counties) and flavorings (vanilla from Mexico and Madagascar, peanuts roasted and salted in Philly) - all churned and served in vintage style. Pro tip: Tack on a seasonal scoop of organic blueberry, plum or apricot - and wash it down with a made-to-order phosphate.

Small, $4.90; medium (up to 2 flavors), $6.15; large (up to 3 flavors), $7.40. Cash only.

116 Market St., 11 a.m.-12 a.m. daily, 215-627-1899,


Mint chip

Custards & Cakes Creamery


The most ordered of all 21 hard ice-cream varieties is made with mint, chocolate flakes and just a touch of coloring, whipped to a pale green, the favored flavor of the original owners' great-great grandson.

Small, $2.75; medium, $3.25; large, $3.75.

5461 Ridge Ave., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

daily, 215-487-1920,



Chester Springs Creamery

Chester County

You get what you pay for - and you pay by the ounce at this bucolic farm-based shop, where customers watch dessert being made and meet the Holstein Friesians who contributed, along with resident sheep, ducks and piglets. Fresh right now: Big, bright, locally-grown peach.

1 scoop for about $2 to $3.

Milky Way Farm, 521 E. Uwchlan Ave., Chester Springs, closed Mondays, 610-363-8500,



The Bent Spoon

Princeton, N.J.

No member of the rotating roster of more than 550 flavors at this Ivy League campus-side store goes unsold. But our eternal standby is salty-sweet pistachio, worth the wait in line, and then some.

Small (up to 2 flavors), $4.50; medium (up to 3 flavors), $5; large (up to 4 flavors), $5.75. Cash only.

35 Palmer Square, Princeton, N.J., 609-924-BENT,


Maple walnut

Owowcow Creamery

Bucks County

Like butter pecan? Country drives? You're gonna love road-tripping to one of three locally focused creameries, where small-batch maple walnut provides a most robust update to an old-timey fave. (Even more daring: cashew caramel, chocolate with caramel and salted pecans, or torrone.)

Kids, $3.30; regular, $4.20; medium, $5.75; large, $6.60. Cash only.

4105 Durham Road, Ottsville, 610-847-7070, 591 Route 413, Wrightstown, 215-598-3248, 237 N. Union St., Lambertville, N.J., 609-397-2234,



La Michoacana

Chester County

Trust us: Corn is the new vanilla. This petite place hooked locals on cinnamon-spiked elote, not to mention rich, creamy avocado, plus clever homemade pops in spicy mango and pico de gallo.

Kids, $2; small (2 scoops), $2.50; large (4 scoops), $5.75.

231 E. State St., Kennett Square, 610-444-2996.



Little Baby's

Kensington & West Philly

Doubt ice cream can be just as delish when made with coconut cream? Take heart. The vegan version at these hip shops (also sold from L.B.'s big-wheeled trikes) comes in rich Dutch cinnamon shortbread (and coconut chai, mint cookie . . . ) that'll change your mind scrumptiously. Other bold (including dairy-based alternatives) come spiked with soy sauce, Sriracha or Earl Grey tea.

1 scoop, $4; 2 scoops, $6; 3 scoops, $7.

2311 Frankford Ave., 267-687-8567;

4903 Catharine St., 215-921-2100,

- With intrepid reporting

by Dana DiFilippo and Dan Geringer.

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