Dig Into the Hudson Valley’s Coolest Ice Cream Treats
These sweet, salty, and surprising ice cream concoctions are anything but vanilla.
Ice cream season is officially in full swing. We’ve been busy checking out the local options (a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it!) and have discovered a revolution churning in the world of all things cool and creamy. The new rule? There are no rules!
The Fal-Cone Sundae, The Hudson Creamery
This decadent sundae starts with a Nutella-dipped waffle cone filled with chocolate-vanilla twist ice cream, and gets topped with chocolate crunchies, Ghirardelli dark-chocolate syrup, and a luscious Reese’s peanut butter sauce.
55 Hudson Ave, Peekskill
Baked Alaska Waffle Cone, Kingston Candy Bar
This new summer treat starts with a heaping scoop of cookies and cream ice cream in a large waffle cone, and that's just the beginning. Swiss meringue is piped on top into a perfect swirl and then torched to give your cone that high-end, classic Baked Alaska taste.
319 Wall St, Kingston
Chocolate Thin Mint, Moo Moo’s Creamery
You’ll always be surprised by the flavors at Moo Moo’s Creamery. Seventeen homemade flavors rotate daily, with delicious options like Chocolate Thin Mint, Heath Bar Crunch, Ginger Snap, Cucumber Line Sorbet, and Shortbread Cookie popping up on the menu board.
32 West St, Cold Spring
Ice Cream Flight, Samascott’s Garden Market
If picking one ice cream flavor is too limiting for you, visit Samascott's Garden Market and try one of the new ice cream flights. Visitors can choose six of the twenty flavors, which include options like strawberry and blueberry – made with Samascott's own homegrown fruit!
65 Chatham St, Kinderhook
Nancy’s Artisanal Creamery of Woodstock (@nancysartisanal) is now re-opened after their winter break! A true sign of spring! Head on over for the most delicious ice cream made right here in Woodstock! photo: @melissa_crate #woodstockny #shopwoodstock #craftedinwoodstock #woodstock #hudsonvalley #catskills #handmadeicecream #artisinalmade #shoplocal #shopsmall
Irish Sundae, Nancy's of Woodstock Artisanal Creamery
A booze-lover's fantasy, the Irish Sundae at Nancy's of Woodstock is complete with stout ice cream, whiskey caramel, Bailey's whipped cream, and finished off with chocolate-dipped pretzels. If your diet is a bit more restrictive, don't worry! Nancy's also carries vegan and dairy-free ice creams to fit everyone's need for a sweet summer treat.
105 Tinker St, Woodstock
The Zoe / Courtesy of Zoe's Ice Cream Barn
The Zoe, Zoe's Ice Cream Barn
At Zoe's, only true ice cream lovers need apply. If you can handle it, order The Zoe, a gargantuan sundae with one scoop of each flavor and all the toppings of the barn. That's a whopping 10 scoops of ice cream, plus add-ons like sprinkes, syrups, cherries, Oreos, walnuts, fruit, and candy. Spoons at the ready!
1181 Route 55, LaGrangeville
Magical Unicorn Ice Cream, Weir's Ice Cream
Feed your inner child with Weir's Magical Unicorn ice cream, a bubblegum ice cream with skittles and a mystery swirl. If that doesn't strike your fancy, the Salisbury Mills spot also offers Kookie Monster (blue vanilla ice cream with Chips Ahoy and Oreo cookie pieces) and Grape Nuts (vanilla ice cream blended with Grape Nuts cereal), along with more traditional hard and soft serve scoops.
2159 Rte 94, Salisbury Mills
Bellvale Bog Ice Cream, Bellvale Creamery
While classics such as strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate are popular at this scenic spot, the Bellvale Creamery is also home to big-flavor favorites like Bellvale Bog, a dark chocolate ice cream full of brownie dough and decadent fudge swirls.
1390 New York 17A, Warwick
Bumbleberry Pie à la Mode at Pie Lady and Son
Very Berry Pie à la Mode, Pie Lady and Son
Pair delicious, seasonal baked goods made on-site with Jane’s Homemade ice cream at Pie Lady and Son. Try topping a slice of Very Berry pie—made with blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry—with your favorite scoop, or mix and match your own ice cream sandwich with fresh chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin, or shortbread cookies.
3125 Main St, Nyack
Ice Cream Sandwich, Mapleview Café
You might think you've seen every ice cream sandwich out there, but this one takes the word "sandwich" literally. A sweet brioche bun holds your choice of Mapleview's homemade ice cream, which is topped with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and a cookie. Cool ice cream picks include Mocha Chip, PB & J, and Irish Coffee Toffee.
141 Overlook Rd, Poughkeepsie
White Chocolate Fudgesicle at Penny Lick Ice Cream / Photo credit Penny Lick Ice Cream Company
White Chocolate Fudgesicle, Penny Lick Ice Cream Company
Originally introduced as a secret, off-the-menu item, these white chocolate Fudgesicles are now one of the most popular items at Penny Lick Ice Cream. Also great for summer, the shop's old-fashioned, custard-style ice cream comes in several unique flavors, including Lavender Truffle, Aloha Coffee, and White Bourbon Caramel.
580 Warburton Ave, Hastings-On-Hudson
Cinnamon Crumb Cake Ice Cream, Jane’s Homemade Ice Cream
This family-owned business has hand-crafted more than 100 flavors for shops across the tri-state area since 1985, so it’s no wonder it has some of the best and most unique flavors we found. If you’re looking for a bold new favorite, try the cinnamon crumb cake, made with creamy cinnamon ice cream and crumb cake crumbles.
307 Wall St, Kingston
Photo provided by Mohonk Mountain House
Mohonk Mountain Crunch, Mohonk Mountain House
To celebrate its 150th anniversary, Mohonk Mountain House has teamed up with Jane's Ice Cream to create its very own flavor: Mohonk Mountain Crunch. This creamy treat is made with natural ingredients and combines dark chocolate fudge, chocolate-covered pretzels, and a salted caramel swirl into a vanilla base. Get a scoop (or three) in Mohonk's Main Dining Room, the Granary, or the Mohonk Gift Shop.
100 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz