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Yelp, an online review website, listed each state’s best ice cream, based on user ratings. In Alabama, the winner was Big Spoon Creamery on 3rd Avenue South, in downtown Birmingham.

Big Spoon Creamery was founded by Geri-Martha and Ryan O’Hara, who both worked together as chefs at Bottega, in Birmingham. The business started as an ice cream trike and is now a full-service ice cream shop with locations in Avondale and Homewood.

“Big Spoon Creamery is a small batch, artisan ice cream company, and we are seriously passionate about our craft,” the company states on its website. “Our philosophy and approach to ice cream comes from the principles and values we learned through our experiences working in restaurants. Our primary goal is to create a menu focusing on seasonal flavors using local ingredients, as well as bringing a new, innovative approach to the classics.“

Since July 17 is National Ice Cream Day, Yelp put together the list of the best ratings in each state. The website used the numbers of ratings from businesses in the ice cream category and ranked those spots based on several factors including reviews from April 21, 2021, to April 21, 2022.

Here is the complete list of winners from each state:

Alaska (Anchorage): Wild Scoops

Alabama (Birmingham): Big Spoon Creamery

Arkansas (Little Rock) : Loblolly Creamery

Arizona (Phoenix): Novel Ice Cream

California (Costa Mesa): Confetti Italian Ice & Custard

Colorado (Denver): I Scream Gelato – Lowry 

Connecticut (New Haven): Arethusa Farm Dairy

Washington, DC: Everyday Sundae

 Delaware (Lewes): Hopkins Farm Creamery

Florida (Davie): The Magic Cow

Georgia (Suwansee): Scoopjoy Ice Creamery

Hawaii (Kihei): Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice

Iowa (Clive): Monarca Gourmet Paletas

Idaho (Meridian): Lovejoy’s Real Ice Cream

Illinois (Chicago): Vaca’s Creamery

Indiana (Indianapolis): TeeJay’s Sweet Tooth

Kansas (Overland Park): The Golden Scoop

Kentucky (Louisville): Louisville Cream

Louisiana (Baton Rouge): Sweet Society

Massachusetts (Mashpee): Polar Cave Ice Cream Parlour

Maryland (Rockville): Carmen’s Italian Ice & Cafe

Maine (Bar Harbor): Mount Desert Island Ice Cream

Michigan (Traverse City): Moomers

Minnesota (​​St Paul): Treats

Missouri (Kansas City): Cookies and Creamery 

Mississippi (Bay Saint Louis): Creole Creamery

Montana (Whitefish): Sweet Peaks

North Carolina (Nags Head): Surfin’ Spoon

North Dakota (Fargo): Silver Lining Creamery

Nebraska (Omaha): Ted and Wally’s

New Hampshire (North Conway): Tricks and Treats

New Jersey (Nutley): Kubo Coffee And Creamery

New Mexico (Las Cruces): Caliche’s Frozen Custard

Nevada (Las Vegas): The Paleta Bar

New York (Brooklyn): The Social

Ohio (Cleveland): Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream

Oklahoma (Tulsa): Rose Rock Microcreamery

Oregon (Bend): Bontà Natural Artisan Gelato

Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh): Treat – Ice Cream and Liege Waffles

Rhode Island (Providence): Tricycle Ice Cream

South Carolina (Myrtle Beach): Melt

South Dakota (Spearfish): Leones’ Creamery

Tennessee (Knoxville): Cruze Farm Ice Cream Downtown

Texas (Houston): Connie’s Frozen Custard

Utah (Bountiful): Blacksmith Ice Cream

Virginia (Centreville): Bôn Tea House

Vermont (Burlington): Shy Guy Gelato

Washington (Tacoma): Melon Seed Deli & Frozen Yogurt

Wisconsin (Greenfield): Kopp’s Frozen Custard

West Virginia (Charleston): Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream

Wyoming (Jackson): Moo’s Gourmet Ice Cream 

To connect with the author of this story, or to comment, email erica.thomas@1819news.com.  

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