Believe It or Not, It's Already Ice Cream Season — Here's Where to Go
It may have just snowed, but a tasty waffle cone could cure those blues up right away.
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The time for ice cream felt like it would never come again. But that time is coming soon, and sooner than we thought! Here are a few ice cream shops opening in March.
This family focused ice cream joint has been specializing in making memories with their creative treats since 1960. They’ve got it all: soft serve, hard ice cream, sundaes, hot food, and their Instagram famous freak shakes. These made to order monsters are piled high with more toppings than you could imagine. The unicorn freak shake, a milkshake flavor of your choice filled with colorful marshmallow drizzle, surrounded by edible confetti, and topped with whipped cream, more marshmallow drizzle, edible dust, and a cupcake impaled on a lollipop is a sight to see.
Opened: March 1
Where: 550 NY-82, Hopewell Junction
A newcomer to Orange County, Mr. Cannoli is the place to go for cannolis and a bounty of Italian ice and sorbet flavors. Grownups in the mood for something sweet need look no further than the wine sorbet. Made with different kinds of reds and whites, this dessert has a ABV of five percent for those looking for a buzz with their bite.
Opens: March 20
Where: 355 Windsor HWY, New Windsor
A fan favorite, Moo Moo’s offers almost 100 flavors of hard ice cream. From chocolate do-si-do to walnutella, they have everything you might want, even if you don’t know what that is yet. They also offer their ice cream wholesale, sweet!
Opens: March 29
Where: 32 West St., Cold Spring
This ice cream shop is as homemade as it gets. The milk and cream comes from Hudson Valley Fresh, giving the ice cream, well, freshness. Hard ice cream is the speciality, and with flavors like fresh ginger and grapefruit campari, The Blue Pig’s got all your niche tastes covered. Hot soup can be found in colder weather and if you’re looking for specialties, ice cream cakes, sundaes, and root beer floats are where they’re at.
Opened: March 6
Where: 121 Maple St., Croton-on-Hudson
Salty caramel pretzel and pear sorbet are just two flavors you might find at this family run ice cream shop. Grab a shake, float, cone, or cup and head to Walkway Over the Hudson less than a mile away to get spring started right.
Opening: March 16
Where: 6 Haviland Rd., Highland
This stand has been serving up soft ice cream since 1952. It’s no wonder they have everything from cones and banana splits to shakes, flurries, and homemade ice cream cakes. Their speciality sundaes like fruit salad and toasted coconut in a homemade waffle bowl is a must try.
Opening: March 19
Where: 1349 Central Ave., Albany
With 82 flavors between hard ice cream and soft serve, eight kinds of cones, and 20 types of sprinkles, this parlor lets you mix and match to your heart’s content. Try their splits and daily specials.
Opening: March 31
Where: 11148 NY-32, Greenville
Snowman has been serving soft and hard ice cream to the city of Troy since the mid twentieth century. They offer specialty sundaes, hard ice cream flavors like orange pineapple and coffee oreo, and vegan options. With 24 hours notice, they’ll even bake ice cream pies. With options like grasshopper (mint chocolate chip ice cream, crushed mint cookies, and hot fudge) and samoa (vanilla ice cream, caramel, hot fudge, and toasted coconut), how could anyone resist?
Opened: March 4
Where: 531 5th Ave., Troy
Here are a few other ice cream shops opening in later months to look out for:
Weir’s Ice Cream
Bellvale Farms Creamery
Cone E Island Ice Cream