You deserve a treat.

By Regan Stephens
Updated August 09, 2020
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There may be no simpler pleasure in life than eating ice cream. And while we’ve currently had to suspend so much of what makes life feel good and normal, ice cream is still here for us. Masking-up and braving the bodega, or adding a pint of Ben & Jerry’s to your grocery delivery order, can surely spark joy, but now more than ever, don’t we deserve a little something extra?

Whether you find your favorite ice cream parlor online—the one that instantly floods you with memories of slow summer afternoons—or want to treat yourself to a new taste of something special, here are nine excellent ice cream options that will deliver to your door.

Malai

The name of this Brooklyn-based brand means “cream of the crop,” and founder Pooja Bavishi’s obsession with stellar ingredients and vibrant flavors comes through in every batch of her uber-rich ice cream. “I founded Malai because desserts bring people joy, and I hope to deliver on that feeling now more than ever,” she says.

Ingredients like fair-trade, India-grown spices from Diaspora Co. and local bean-to-bar Raaka chocolate star in South Asian-inspired flavors like lemon cardamom, rose with cinnamon roasted almonds, and Masala Chai. Make it a party with the ice cream sundae kit, which comes with festive toppings like orange cardamom mini cakes and peanut chikki, a housemade brittle made with jaggery and ghee. Order here.

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Lick Honest Ice Creams

Get a true taste of Texas with the never-boring flavors of Lick. For nearly a decade, the Austin-based creamery has been working with a trove of local and regional farmers (and distillers, chocolatiers, and beekeepers) for ingredients to craft each hand-packed pint. Caramel salt lick includes a house-made caramel, the pink-hued roasted beets and fresh mint is made with root veggies from a local CSA , and dark chocolate gets a rich boost with Texan olive oil. Even vanilla is beyond basic with the addition of nearby Good Flow Honey. Get 15% off orders until May 10 with code #licklovesmoms. Order here.

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Van Leeuwen

Even as it’s grown from one roving yellow truck to well over a dozen shops in New York City, the supreme quality of Van Leeuwen’s ice cream hasn’t suffered even a smidge. Straightforward flavors like honeycomb and Sicilian pistachio are minimalist perfection, and a host of vegan flavors, crafted with a base of house-made raw cashew milk or oat milk, have a cult following. Order here.

Mochidoki

If there’s anything better than ice cream, it’s ice cream wrapped in delicate, chewy rice cake. These sweet, pillowy little dumplings are filled with flavors draw from globally-sourced ingredients and flavors, including hazelnuts from Italy’s Piedmont region and ceremonial-grade matcha powder from Japan. Order here.

Ice Cream Jubilee

Nearly six years ago, Victoria Lai left a prominent career as a lawyer for the Department of Homeland Security to start her dream business, and the ice cream lovers of Washington, DC have been grateful ever since. The beloved shops specialize in small batch-flavors inspired by nostalgic desserts (blueberry pie) and Lai’s love of travel (Thai tea, mango habanero.) Plus, there's another option that's especially perfect for These Times—a raft of boozy cocktail-inspired flavors like gin and tonic sorbet, or dark and stormy ice cream, with flecks of candied ginger and Gosling’s rum. Order here.

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CoolHaus

The L.A.-founded brand is known for its architecturally-inspired ice cream sandwiches and junk food-infused flavors. Decadent, dense sandwiches come in classic combos like Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate chip cookies, or sea salt caramel and snickerdoodle, while heavenly pints—cereal dreams, milkshake and fries, with a milk chocolate malt ball and French fry-infused base—were clearly brainstormed while in the throes of a munchies-racked haze. Dairy-free options are available too. Order here.

Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery

All the flavors at this St. Louis-based creamery are made in small batches with top-notch ingredients (and delightful mix-ins like regional treat ooey gooey butter cake), but half of them are also made with booze. The alcohol-infused options are surprisingly smooth and delicious—owner Tamara Keefe worked with food scientists and chemists to nail down a perfect, closely-guarded process for freezing rum, tequila, whiskey, and more into her ice creams. Confections like pink champagne sorbet, fig and bourbon, old fashioned, and chocolate milk stout are sure to inspire a little extra joy. Order here.

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Bassetts

First opened in 1892, America’s oldest ice cream shop is still churning out super-premium batches of classic and creative flavors from Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market. (A scoop of Butterscotch Ripple, served on a waffle cone and handed over the shop’s original marble countertop, is timeless perfection.) Recreate the history at home, with 6 pints in options like salted caramel pretzel, raspberry truffle, or straight up vanilla. With Tahitian vanilla beans, and 16% butterfat, this ice cream has stood the test of time for a reason. Order here.

eCreamery

The Shark Tank-featured, Omaha, Nebraska-born parlor offers a few different options for shipping, including picking from a selection of popular flavors, or creating your own from dozens of bases and even more mix-ins. Cake mix ice cream with gummy bears, brownie bites and strawberry swirls? You can do that. Passion fruit with Oreo cookies, Reese’s Pieces, and chocolate covered bacon? Who’s stopping you. Let your creativity run free, and then personalize the pint with imaginative names and fun photos. If you’re in the market, this makes a thoughtful pick-me-up gift for a deserving friend, too. Order here.