This or That: Classic NH Ice Cream Shoppes

Summer is the season where a long day’s end is best spent with a melting cone in your hand. It’s hard enough choosing a flavor, let alone which local creamery to visit, but here we highlight two of the Granite State’s most beloved and experienced stops you really can’t go wrong.

This: Bishop’s Homemade Ice Cream [Littleton]

With 40 years in business and over 60 varieties of ice cream and frozen yogurt made in-house, there’s no denying Bishop’s Homemade Ice Cream knows how to satisfy any sweet tooth. Since the 1970s, the Littleton-based shop has been the go-to for many locals, with a vintage, friendly vibe and a cozy seating area outside with picnic tables and benches for kids to play and dogs to hang (there’s a Pup Cup for them, too!). Swing by any day of the week from noon-8 p.m. to grab yourself a cone – we recommend trying the famous Bishop’s Bash, a rich chocolate ice cream base with chocolate chunks, brownies, and walnuts folded in.

That: Jordan’s Ice Creamery [Belmont]

Praised for their generous portions and ice cream flights, there’s more than one reason Jordan’s Ice Creamery has been voted #1 Ice Cream in NH for 5 years by WMUR. Located on Route 106 in Belmont, this family-run shop of 25 years boasts over 150 homemade varieties of ice cream, frozen yogurts, and sugar-free options. And if you – understandably – can’t decide between the hundreds of flavors, you can opt for their flight option, where you choose four flavors from the classics to the quirky ones (think: honey lavender and chicken & waffles ice cream!). Flights are served on a wooden paddle and come with unlimited discounted refills. Who knows, maybe peanut siracha will become your new favorite scoop. Stop by to see for yourself, the shop is open from 11:30 a.m-9 p.m. seven days a week.