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13 Places Where You Can Order Ice Cream Online

We did not know one could ship frozen treats until fairly recently. Turns out, thanks to dry ice, it’s totally possible!

By A Little Birdie | Posted on July 17, 2018 in Gift Ideas


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Scooping a pint of McConnell's Strawberry Rhubarb ice cream.

Scooping a pint of McConnell's Strawberry Rhubarb ice cream.
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As far as we’re concerned, there’s really no such thing as ice cream season because we are avid year-round consumers. However, for most folks, we’re aware that there tends to be a bit of a spike in consumption come the warmer months. For that reason, we thought it would be timely for us to do a little round-up of some of the online places where one can order ice cream, be it for yourself, or as a gift to send to someone else.

We haven’t personally ordered from every single one of these ice cream makers (we wish!), but in the course of our research for this round-up, attempted to include only those that had received high reviews from several sources. We hope you find the list helpful if you are seeking to send some delicious frozen treats.

Note: some ice cream makers offer flat rate shipping regardless of where you are in the States, and some use third parties to handle their shipping (e.g. FoodyDirect and Goldbely). For the remainder though, the further you are from their location, the pricier shipping tends to be. For that reason, we include the location of each ice cream maker’s original/only ice cream parlor just to give you a rough idea of where they are based and/or originated. As well, we thought it would be helpful to include links to the ice cream makers’ Instagram accounts for additional ogling and to assist folks in their ice cream research, getting an even better visual picture of what you might be able to order. And, last but not least, for the lactose-intolerant, we flag which ice cream makers (as at time of writing) that offer at least one dairy-free option for sale online. That said, please do additional research to confirm that any flavors advertised as dairy-free truly meet your dietary needs because some ice creams marked as dairy-free bore the caveat that they were made in kitchens that do use dairy.

Now, without further ado, here are the ice cream purveyors, listed in alphabetical order:

  • AMPLE HILLS CREAMERY: Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna are the husband-and-wife co-owners of this Brooklyn-originated ice cream shop. We say “originated” because, thanks to their popularity, their footprint has (at writing), now spread to Manhattan, Queens and, across state lines, into New Jersey. Their ice creams and almost all of the goodies in their ice creams are made in house. Signature flavors include: Salted Crack Caramel, Snap Mallow Pop, The Munchies, and Ooey Gooey Butter Cake.
    Where: Brooklyn, NY
    Dairy-free option(s): Yes
    Instagram account: here

  • CAPANNARI ICE CREAM: This ice cream shop opened in 2001, the brainchild of two couples, Jim and Meg Capannari, and Ken and Katie Dix. Katie and Meg are sisters, so it’s really very much a family-owned and operated business. Within one year of opening, Chicago Magazine had already named them “Best Ice Cream in Chicago.” The rest, as they say, is history. Signature flavor: Black Raspberry Chip.
    Where: Mt. Prospect, IL
    Dairy-free option(s): No
    Instagram account: here

  • THE COMFY COW: The Comfy Cow was founded in 2009 by Roy and Tim Koons-McGee, fulfilling a shared lifelong dream that was rooted in childhood memories and tastes of the South. Not surprisingly, their menu is very much a reflection of place, containing signature flavors such as: Bourbon Pecan Pie and Georgia Butter Pecan. That said, they also churn universal classics such as Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla and Cookies and Cream.
    Where: Louisville, KY
    Dairy-free option(s): No
    Instagram account: here

  • GELATO FIASCO: From the name, you can probably tell that Gelato Fiasco specializes in Italian-style ice cream, as opposed to American style ice cream. There are several differences between the two in terms of how they are made, churned and stored, but we think they’re equally delicious. You may actually be able to purchase pints of Gelato Fiasco at your local supermarket as they now distribute to stores throughout the country. If you can’t though, fear not, you can easily place an order online. Signature flavor: Maine Wild Blueberry.
    Where: Brunswick, ME
    Dairy-free option(s): Yes (check out their sorbettos)
    Instagram account: here

  • GRAETER’S ICE CREAM: In 1868, Louis Graeter began selling ice cream at a neighborhood street market in Cincinnati. Flash forward over 145 years to today and you’ll find Graeter’s current President & CEO, Chief of Retail Operations and Chief of Quality Assurance are all fourth generation members of the Graeter family and they oversee a greatly expanded ice cream domain. They operate ice cream parlors in five states: Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Indiana - and distribute their ice creams nationwide via well known supermarkets. Signature flavors: their “chip” ice creams, especially their Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip.
    Where: Cincinnati, OH
    Dairy-free option(s): Yes (check out their sorbets)
    Instagram account: here

Enjoying some Jeni's ice cream that we received by mail.

Enjoying some Jeni’s ice cream that we received by mail.
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  • JENI’S SPLENDID ICE CREAMS: Jeni Britton Bauer has now been making ice cream for more than two decades. She started out by selling ice cream at Columbus, Ohio’s North Market, experimenting with flavors until she got them just right. A permanent brick and mortar location came next and it fast became a Mecca for ice cream pilgrims far and wide. Since then, additional shops have opened in various major cities and distribution has expanded to include some supermarkets. That said, unless you are near one of Jeni’s ice cream parlors, her online shop may well be the easiest way for you to access the widest possible flavor selection. Signature flavors include (seasonal availability may apply): Darkest Chocolate, Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Brambleberry Crisp, Salty Caramel, and Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks. We would add to that list two of our personal favorites: Bangkok Peanut, and Roxbury Road.
    Where: Columbus, OH
    Dairy-free option(s): Yes
    Instagram account: here

  • McCONNELL’S FINE ICE CREAMS: McConnell’s was founded in 1949 by Gordon “Mac” and Ernesteen McConnell to resist the burgeoning “industrial food complex,” by rejecting the increasingly common practices of using of artificial flavors, colorings and sweeteners. After much recipe experimentation, they opened their first shop in December of 1950. Their principle of adhering to top quality ingredients has held McConnell’s in good stead as the company approaches its 80th anniversary of ice cream making. Now under the stewardship of another husband and wife team, Michael Palmer and Eva Ein, McConnell’s is comprised of four brick and mortar locations and distributes to many supermarkets throughout the country (though, sadly, not yet in Boston). Signature flavors include: Dutchman’s Chocolate and Double Peanut Butter Chip.
    Where: Santa Barbara, CA
    Dairy-free option(s): Yes
    Instagram account: here

  • MORGENSTERN’S FINEST ICE CREAM: The eponymous founder of this ice cream parlor, Nicholas Morgenstern, attended culinary school in his native San Francisco, followed by work as a pastry chef in some of New York’s top kitchens, including the likes of Gramercy Tavern and Daniel. Morgenstern’s Lower East Side location opened in 2014. This year, Thrillist named it one of the “best ice cream shops in America.” For those of us not heading to NYC anytime soon, Morgenstern’s ice creams can be ordered online with a little help from FoodyDirect. Signature flavors include: Burnt Honey Vanilla, Cinnamon Whiskey, and the visually arresting Black Coconut Ash.
    Where: New York, NY
    Dairy-free option(s): Yes
    Instagram account: here

  • NADAMOO: As one might deduce from their name, NadaMoo makes ice cream that is entirely dairy free. How do they do that you ask? Coconut milk is the answer. Owned by the Nicholson family, NadaMoo first opened its doors in Austin, TX in 2004. These days, they don’t have a physical storefront but they distribute nationally to many supermarkets - or, if you’d like to send the gift of dairy free ice cream, you can order a custom selection of five pints online.
    Where: Austin, TX
    Dairy-free option(s): Yes (exclusively!)
    Instagram account: here

Tucking into a McConnell's Fine Ice Creams mail order selection.

Tucking into a McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams mail order selection.
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  • SALT & STRAW: Cousins Kim Malek and Tyler Malek are the winning team behind this Portland-originated-but-with-locations-now-studded-along-the-West-Coast ice cream phenomenon. Kim was the first to conceive of opening an ice cream shop and, through a happy twist of fate, Tyler’s life trajectory had led him to the point where, when he heard about his cousin’s plans, was prepared to pack up his car, head to Portland and sign on as chief ice cream maker. Word of their ice cream has spread far and wide, reaching even us East Coasters where, even though we can’t go get it in person, we can still order it online. Signature flavors include: Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons, Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache and Chocolate Gooey Brownie.
    Where: Portland, OR
    Dairy-free option(s): Yes
    Instagram account: here

  • SWEET ROSE CREAMERY: Shiho Yoshikawa and Zoe Nathan got to know each other working early morning baking shifts at Tartine Bakery. Flash forward several years and the two friends, along with Zoe’s husband, Josh Loeb, collaborated to open Sweet Rose Creamery in Santa Monica. Shiho helms ice cream development, offering ice cream parlor classics as well as innovative flavors such as Brown Butter with Orange Wafer. Signature flavors include: Caffe Luxxe Coffee, Salted Caramel and Fresh Mint with Chocolate Chips.
    Where: Santa Monica, CA
    Dairy-free option(s): Yes
    Instagram account: here

  • THREE TWINS ICE CREAM: Funny story. In 2005, when Neal Gottlieb launched his organic ice cream venture, he was sharing an apartment with his twin and his twin’s wife, who also happened to be a twin. Et voilà, Three Twins was born! Three Twins has several scoop shops in California, as well as one in Tokyo and one in Seoul. They also distribute through various supermarkets and sell their pints online. Signature flavors include: Madagascar Vanilla, Bittersweet Chocolate and Dad’s Cardamom.
    Where: San Rafael, CA
    Dairy-free option(s): No
    Instagram account: here

  • VAN LEEUWEN ARTISAN ICE CREAM: Following a spell of kitchen experimentation to develop a set of core recipes, Laura O’Neill, Ben Van Leeuwen and Pete Van Leeuwen launched Van Leeuwen’s in the spring of 2008. Their ice cream was made in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and distributed via a yellow truck on the streets of New York City. Business has grown significantly over the past decade, metamorphosing into a bi-coastal operation with pints distributed to various supermarkets. Thanks to GoldBely, it’s also possible to order Van Leeuwen’s ice cream online. Signature flavors include: Salted Caramel, Sicilian Pistachio, Honeycomb, Black Sesame Ash and Peanut Butter Marshmallow Crunch.
    Where: Brooklyn, NY
    Dairy-free option(s): Yes
    Instagram account: here

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