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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

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How to Get the Perfect Scoop of Ice Cream

How to Get the Perfect Scoop of Ice Cream

In her second cookbook, Jeni Britton Bauer—famous for her outstanding ice creams—unveils improved recipes, new flavors and an abundance of creative pairings.

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Food Science

Polar Vortex, the Ice Cream

The International Culinary Center proves that it's really, really cold outside. 

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Ice Cream

Pastry Chefs' Favorite Ice Cream Shops

Capogiro Gelato

If you're keeping track, there's a fair amount of ice cream–related crime happening. Last month in Washington, DC, a gunman carjacked an ice cream truck (no ice cream was taken). A month or so earlier, in upstate New York, charges were filed after a turf war broke out between Sno Kone Joe and Mr. Ding-a-Ling (those New York state ice cream vendors have inspired names).

I'd like to focus on the lighter side of ice cream. Specifically, F&W's Awesome Best New Pastry Chefs 2013 and their very favorite ice creams, from Pasadena to Brooklyn.

Carole's Custard; South Dennis, NJ
OddFellows Ice Cream Co., Brooklyn
From Bob Truitt; Ai Fiori, New York City and the Altamarea Group
"Carole's Custard was my favorite spot for soft serve and pretzel cones growing up. But the owners are now retired, and I work in NYC these days, so my new favorite spot is Sam Mason's OddFellows." (Mason's inspired flavors include cornbread, chorizo caramel swirl, blueberry buttermilk honey and manchego pineapple.) oddfellowsnyc.com

Capogiro, Philadelphia
From Monica Glass; Clio and Uni Sashimi Bar, Boston
"Capogiro is an awesome gelato place. They have a huge variety of flavors, and I always like to mix a few together—coconut and hazelnut, dulce de leche and goat's milk, macadamia nut and lime..." capogirogelato.com

21 Choices; Pasadena, CA
Black Dog Gelato, Chicago
Nielsen's Frozen Custard, Salt Lake City
From Stephanie Prida; Manresa, Los Gatos, CA
"I consider myself to be a big ice cream consumer. 21 Choices is actually a frozen yogurt shop, but they blend all their own frozen yogurt. I love it when they have the animal cracker flavor available.” 21choices.com

"Black Dog owner Jessica Oloroso used to just sell at small markets all over Chicago; she recently got her own space. My favorite flavor there is sesame fig." blackdogchicago.com

"And Nielsen's Frozen Custard. Fun fact: Utah has the highest amount of ice cream consumers in the country. This frozen custard place is out in the middle ofnowhere. They only serve three flavors: vanilla, chocolate and one rotatingflavor, like chocolate malted almond. I always get the rotating flavor." holladaycustard.com

Margie's Candies, Chicago
From Sarah Jordan; Boka and GT Fish & Oyster, Chicago
"Margie's is a fantastic old-school soda fountain and candy store, and they serve thelikes of turtle sundaes in big seashell-shaped bowls—super neat. I'm old-school; I love the root-beer floats and the fudge-turtle sundae." margiesfinecandies.com

The Ice Cream Man; Greenwich, NY
From Melanie Durant; Empire State South, Atlanta
"My all-time favorite ice cream ever is The Ice Cream Man, near my aunt's house. I always get Almond Joy. The Danish Cream is pretty darn good, too. I've been enjoying this stuff since I was a child. I even think Bobby Flay did a Throwdown there a few years back." (This is true: It was an Ice Cream Sundae Throwdown back in 2007, but Bobby's sundae won.) the-ice-cream-man.com

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Ice Cream

Star Pastry Chefs Reveal the Best Ice Cream Spots

The 2012 Best New Pastry Chefs

© Ethan Hill

Though school is starting around the country and Labor Day is approaching, we still plan to nurse our ice cream obsession until chilly fall really sets in. Here, the members of F&W's inaugural class of Best New Pastry Chefs share their recommendations for the best ice cream around the country (other than their own, that is).

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taste test tuesday

Taste Test: Best Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice cream sandwich taste test: Foodtown


Ice cream sandwiches combine two irresistible desserts into a tasty handheld package. Food & Wine editors sampled some of the most popular brands on the market to find the best >


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Taste Test Tuesday

Best New Dessert-Inspired Ice Creams


From classic cakes to salty caramels, many of this summer’s newest ice creams pay homage to our favorite desserts. Food & Wine editors sampled both nationally available and local artisanal brands to find out which dessert-inspired ice creams truly honor their plated counterparts. Read more >

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Taste Test Tuesday

Best Store-Bought Vanilla Ice Cream

Haagen-Dazs Five


Think all vanillas are created equal? F&W staff sampled some of the most popular supermarket ice creams to find the creamiest, most deliciously vanilla offerings available for your summer pies. Here, the results >

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