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Hey. July is National Ice Cream Month.
Since we’re writing from the Historic Triangle, here is a quick history on this heavenly holiday. Back in 1984, President Ronald Reagan noticed that over 90 percent of the population loved ice cream (big surprise). He decided to designate July as the month to honor this “fun and nutritious” treat.
So now the only question is: Where can you sample the best ice cream Williamsburg has to offer? Lucky for you, King’s Creek Plantation has done all the research for you. All you have to do is plug these destinations into your GPS and pick the flavors that speak to you the most. Here are the best places in Williamsburg to indulge in the miracle that is ice cream:
Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt
Handel’s unforgettable ice cream, shakes and sundaes are definitely worth talking about—look at this list of flavors! Handel’s ice cream has been recognized nationally as one of the best in the world, and is visited regularly by both tourists and locals. Huge portions, creative flavors and courteous service make Handel’s a must when you’re in the Williamsburg heat.
Kilwin’s fudge, chocolate, caramel, waffle cones and ice cream are all handmade. You can also buy life-changingly good candy here, like pecan logs and caramel-covered rice crispy treats on a stick. Customers love the friendly service and free ice cream samples, and plenty of families have made a tradition out of visiting Kilwin’s when they vacation in Williamsburg. Stop by on a hot summer night to try their mud ice cream in a homemade blueberry waffle cone!
Shakes, cakes, pies and splits are just the beginning at Bruster’s. Their ice cream is made on site every single day, so when you’re trying to choose between Coffee Cake Streusel, Caramel Explosion with Twix and White Raspberry Truffle, know that every flavor is as fresh as it can possibly be.
If you’re looking for a dessert that isn’t over the top but still satisfies your sweet tooth, this might be the perfect place for you. Lokal serves homemade gelato that is simply delicious. It’s made with just a few yummy ingredients, but still manages to be rich and decadent. Lokal sits right in the heart of Merchant’s Square, so you can grab a sweet treat right before the Summer Breeze Concert Series or after you watch Inside Out on Prince George Street this Sunday night!
Sno to Go
Sno to Go offers New Orleans-style shaved ice that will freeze your brain and melt your heart. Pick your favorite flavor (you have over 50 choices!) and experience the delightful, icy texture of the highest quality snow cones around. But wait! There’s more to this shop than ice. You can also choose to have your snow cone “stuffed” with creamy layers of soft serve chocolate or vanilla ice cream. As one customer happily reports, “It just works.” Yes it does.
On Sunday, July 31, Baskin-Robbins is celebrating 31 flavors by offering scoops for just $1.31 each! Head on over to their great location in Merchant’s Square this weekend for as many samples as you like before picking your favorites to cram into a cup or a cone. If you’re throwing a party and need ice cream for the whole group, their amazing cakes hit the spot!
Summer temperatures are soaring and don’t show any sign of easing up. Go ahead and take the rest of the summer to celebrate, sample and TREAT yourself to all of the ice cream in Williamsburg, Virginia!