Doris Knows – Ice Cream: Happy 4th of July!

I’m not a big sweets eater, but I do like a good ice cream once in a while. With summer in full swing, I just can’t resist! My favorite flavors right now are Coffee with either peanut butter cups or Heath candy bar crumbles, Butter Pecan, and Strawberry. . . always in a cup, by the way!

Next time I’ll dive into the world (or a cup) of Fro Yo and Gelato. So until then, dig into fantastic local ice cream for some creamy goodness.

Arethusa Farm Litchfield Hills is far to go for ice cream, but trust me, they have absolutely the best ice cream. Their strawberry ice cream reminds me of the strawberry ice cream I devoured when I was a kid. If you don’t have time for the drive you can also buy their ice cream at these local stores: Whole Foods, The Pantry, Sport Hill Farm, Double L Market, Caraluzzi’s Market, Walter Stewart’s Market, and Bailey’s Backyard to name a few! Just between you and me. . . the farm is owned by Manolo Blahnik, who just happens to be my favorite shoe designer.

Located at: 822 Bantam Road in Bantam, (860) 361-6600.


Milkcraft is a science experiment with a sweet reward in the end. They make their ice cream to order, from locally sourced ingredients: “Cow to Cone”, using Liquid Nitrogen! Their inventive flavors will knock you out like Smores Campfire made with deep cocoa chocolate, fire roasted marshmallows, and graham cracker crumbs or the Miss Piggie Does Vermont made with maple cream, heritage farms applewood smoked bacon, and Vermont maple syrup! Plus, they always have a dairy-free and gluten-free flavor, too. Located at: The Brick Walk 1215 Post Road in Fairfield, (475) 888-9091.


Saugatuck Sweets means business. Not only do they have fabulous ice cream, they also sell frozen yogurt, bulk candy, gift baskets, specialty desserts and treats! This ice cream parlor is a feast for the eyes (and mouth!). The owner, Al Ditulio, also founded Al’s Angels Children’s Charity providing hope and help to children and families coping with cancer, rare blood diseases and natural disasters. He also hosts fun community events for kids (and those young at heart) like the Watermelon Eating Contest. He used to encourage young bands to perform in the square in front of his Westport store; but now he hosts those events at The Gazebo directly across the street from his new location in downtown Fairfield. Located at: 28 Reef Road in Fairfield, (203) 292-8550.

575 Riverside Avenue in Westport, (203) 642-4615.


Sunny Daes is an old school, no frills ice cream parlor. Everything is homemade on the premises. They have 30 flavors of hard ice-cream in every traditional flavor from Cookies & Cream to Peppermint Stick. Their soft ice cream and fat-free frozen yogurt come in chocolate and vanilla flavors. Plus they have knock-out gelato, and ice cream cakes, too! It’s all delicious, on a cone or in a cup. Go ahead, add a dash of sprinkles! Located at: 808 Post Road in Fairfield, (203) 256-9055. and 2505 Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield, (203) 372-3058. 633 Shippan Avenue in Stamford, (203) 977-0661. 900 White Plains Road in Trumbull, (203) 459-2663. 30 Riverside Avenue in Westport, (203) 557-4212.


Sweet Ashley’s likes to switch up their flavors and actively encourages customers to offer up their own flavor suggestions! (How cool is that?) With at least 30 fun and yummy flavors available daily like Quicksand, Swamp, and Salty Turtle you could eat a cone a day for a month and never have a repeat. No time for a cone this weekend? Pick up one of their festive 4th of July Ice Cream Cakes! Or if you have a birthday coming up they make custom cakes to order, too. Located at: 248 East Avenue in Norwalk, (203) 866-7740.