Craving fresh, Maine-made ice cream? Here’s where to find it statewide

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Ben & Bill's Ice Cream2 ©Hilary Nangle photo I IMG_2222
Yes, you can even get lobster ice cream at Ben & Bill’s in Bar Harbor. ©Hilary Nangle

I scream, you scream for Maine-made ice cream

Years ago, when I edited a specialty food publication, the president of one large out-of-state gourmet ice cream manufacturer called me to pitch his new super-premium line and asked for the address to send samples. When I replied with the Maine address, he was crushed. “Oh forget it,” he said. “We don’t even try to sell our ice cream in Maine. Maine has the best ice cream.” He’s right.

My first job was scooping ice cream at long-gone Deering Ice Cream in South Portland. Since then, I’ve been an ice cream aficionado. I’m not a fan of commercial ice creams or from-away concoctions. The truth about ice cream is, the closer you get to the source, the better the product will be, and in Maine, that’s easy to do. Like jimmies (a.k.a. sprinkles) on a cone, dairy bars serving Maine-made ice cream dot the state.

Here are Maine shops that make-their-own ice cream. Let me know if I’ve missed one of your faves; this remains a work in progress and I can use your input. Remember, to qualify a shop must make its own ice cream or gelato. (FYI: Shain’s, Gifford’s, and Roundtop also can be found in many other small Maine ice cream shops; Stone Fox can be found at the Bayside, Belfast-Saturday, Camden, and Waterville Farmers’ Markets).

Updated July 23, 2017

Southern Coast

In southwestern Maine, get homemade ice cream at Shaker Pond Ice Cream in Alfred or Sanford. ©Hilary Nangle IMG_4198
Find Shaker Pond Ice Cream in Alfred and Sanford. ©Hilary Nangle
Kittery
Yorks
Alfred
Sanford
Ogunquit
Wells
Kennebunkport
Arundel
Biddeford
Saco
Old Orchard Beach
Scarborough

Greater Portland

Portland
South Portland
Cape Elizabeth
Gorham
Scarborough
Westbrook
North Yarmouth
Freeport

Mid-Coast

Get a cone at The Down East Ice Cream Factory in Boothbay Harbor. ©Hilary NangleIMG_4199
Get an ice cream at The Down East Ice Cream Factory in Boothbay Harbor. ©Hilary Nangle
Brunswick
There's even a sundae bar at The Down East Ice Cream Factory. ©Hilary Nangle
The Down East Ice Cream Factory. ©Hilary Nangle
Wiscasset
Boothbay Harbor
Damariscotta
Find Wild Cow Creamery on the waterfront walkway, just off Main Street, in downtown Belfast. ©Hilary Nangle
Get a scoop or two at Wild Cow Creamery, on the waterfront in Belfast. ©Hilary Nangle

Penobscot Bay

Rockland
Belfast

Liberty

Acadia

Surry
Ellsworth
Bar Harbor

Down East

Milbridge

The Old Moon Company

Kennebec Ice Kreamery is a cool find in Madison. ©Hilary Nangle

Kennebec Valley

Manchester
Wayne
Waterville
Skowhegan
Madison
Crestholm Farm in Oxford has an adjacent ice cream stand. ©hNlary Nangle
One Cow at Crestholm Farm, in Oxford, is a fine place to cool off with ice cream. ©Hilary Nangle

Western Lakes & Mountains

Gray
New Gloucester
Raymond
Casco
Poland
Oxford
South Paris
Sabattus
Lewiston
Auburn
Lisbon Falls
Lisbon
Mechanic Falls
Farmington
Cool down at Butterfields, Dover-Foxcroft. ©Hilary Nangle
Butterfields Homemade Ice Cream is a must-stop in Dover-Foxcroft. ©Hilary Nangle

Maine Highlands

Bangor
Bradley
Dover-Foxcroft

Aroostook County

Houlton
Presque Isle
Caribou

 

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. My Mother, who sadly passed away in 2013, was born and raised in Maine but moved to Florida during her later school years. During my childhood we often vacationed in Maine and during the last years of her life she and I would visit Maine every fall. A must do for every single trip was a drive to Bradley’s for Spencer’s ice cream. Her very favorite was the orange pineapple – sometimes she would force two cones knowing she would not have the chance for another until the next year. My husband and I still make the trip to Maine from our home in Florida often and we still drive to Bradleys for the best ice cream in the country. Thank you for your article -we will visit some of the other favorite ice cream shops you have listed.

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