Summertime and ice cream go hand in hand. So, what better way to celebrate the lazy hazy days of summer than with a scoop of your favorite creamy treat. Pick up a copy of New Hampshire’s Ice Cream Trail and start planning your ice cream adventure! All I had to do was mention the words, ice cream and my son Aiden was happy to join me on this adventure. My friend Britt, and her girls Elcie and Sadie joined us too, to see how many stops we could pack into our day.
For our first stop we headed to Richardson’s Farm in Boscawen. They use milk and cream from New Hampshire cows to make their ice cream, and the entire process from scratch is done right here at their farm! During the summer they’ll make ice cream several times a week. We got to see owner Jim Richardson whip up a batch of their creamy deliciousness. (We got to sample it too!) How cool is that?!?
With 51 flavors to choose from – narrowing it down may not be easy. Some of the cool varieties you’ll find include Crème Brulee, Gingersnap and Chocolate Peppermint Stick! I eventually decided on their newest flavor mint julep… Soooo good! If you have time, enjoy your ice cream while sitting in this relaxing country setting.
With little time to spare we headed to our next stop: Ilsley’s Ice Cream in Weare, where they’re serving up flavors like Brown Sugar Oatmeal and Blueberry Pie. Sure sounds intriguing! They make their ice cream on site too – using local milk and cream. They usually have about 12 – 15 flavors to choose from. With a few specialties, like Honey Sunflower, that they rotate in on a fairly regular basis. Raspberry Chocolate Chunk sounded delicious so that’s what I tried. Mmmm, mmmm! Ilsley’s is a NH Dairy Farm, so if you time your visit right you might see the cows grazing in the fields.
Before we know it, we’re off again to hit another spot – Granite State Candy Shoppe in downtown Concord. This shop has been a local landmark in the state’s capital since 1927. Their ice cream is 100% NH Made – they make it at the shop using cream and milk they get just up the road from cows at the Contoocook Creamery.
And here’s a pretty cool fact – their handmade chocolates and candies are used in many of the flavors they make.
On occasion they’ve been known to have some pretty famous faces stop by for a scoop or two — but today it’s our turn to sample this sweet treat. Decisions decisions – salted caramel, flapjacks and bacon, coconut snowflake? I picked Burgundy Mocha Chip and it was delish! If you’re more of a classics type though, don’t worry they’ve got you covered there too!
After three stops in a day though we decided to call it quits and check out some sights in the capital city, with a plan to tackle more throughout the summer. With 44 stops located around the state, it’s sure to keep you busy all summer long. Be sure to explore some of New Hampshire’s other food trails that will have you criss-crossing the state! Bon Appetit! Don’t forget to follow along on our adventures on Facebook and Instagram.