Ice cream was once the treat of the elite, available only to the royal and the wealthy until the latter half of the 17th century. Since then, it’s seen a boon unlike any other modern dessert and has become a permanent part of culture around the globe. Pennsylvanians are blessed, by both the incredible natural ingredients found in state, and the brilliant minds of mad ice cream scientists who dedicate themselves to its creation. Grab the kids, a date, or just your appetite and tour the top ice cream destinations in Pennsylvania!
The Franklin Fountain churns out Philly’s finest, made from only the freshest ingredients. Visit for inventive takes on familiar flavors (the Franklin Mint Chip combines a white peppermint base with swirled creme de menthe and dark chocolate chunks) and surprising new favorites like green tea and cotton candy.
Millie’s produces incredible small batch ice cream in both familiar (vanilla and coffee) and fun (lavender and spiced prune) flavors. A great place to meet friends or spend some much-deserved alone time.
Since 1861, Bassett’s has brought top shelf ice cream to the people of Philadelphia. Now distributed far beyond state lines (with three locations in China alone), the original quality and flavor Bassett’s made famous has not diminished in the slightest. Visit for reliable hits from french vanilla to pomegranate blueberry chunk.
Locally and humanely sourced, the ingredients that Owowcow puts in its ice cream are second to none. Combine that with small batch production, a solid flavor selection, and a borderline obsession with customer service, and you have a must-lick creamery in anyone’s book.
A combination soda shop and candy counter, Ballyhoo’s is like a delicious blast from the past. With daily baked waffle cones, concoctions like malts and splits, and one of the best kid’s menus in the state, Ballyhoo’s is an easy addition to our list.
Dedicated to making the “best and weirdest ice cream in the world,” Little Baby’s is not your grandmother’s ice cream parlor. Rather, it’s a place where fresh ingredients, small batches, and off-the-wall flavor comes perfectly together. From cherry-hibiscus to everything bagel, as well as equally inventive non-dairy flavors like earl grey sriracha, the combinations cobbled at this creamery are daring and second to none.
Klavon’s is the kind of place you’d meet your best girl after football practice to split a malted. Old fashioned and delicious, Klavon’s is an authentic throwback complete with wooden phone booths and gleaming steel equipment, perfect for a tasty trip down memory lane.
Eder’s has been scooping up smiles since 1927, and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Visit for impeccable takes on classic flavors.
For over 100 years, the Berkey has been delighting students and professors alike on the campus of Penn State. Heavily based on food science, this dessert dreamland goes through over five million pounds of milk per year and has alumni flocking back for a taste of their youth. With flavors named after Penn State legends, and available shipping to 48 states, Penn State Berkey Creamery is an institution in and of itself.
Jimmy’s is a hub of the Stroudsburg community, serving up soft serve and hard ice creams that rank among the best-of-the-best. Fresh baked waffle cones, enthusiastic service, and a broad variety of flavors makes Jimmy’s one of the top treats in state.