Ice Cream By the Pint from Rhode Island Makers

10 reasons to stock your fridge with small-batch frozen treats right now

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This month we’re dishing about ice cream to go. While it’s still a bit chilly to enjoy a cone outdoors, it’s the perfect time to stock your freezer for your latest binge-watch. Here are 10 best bets for hand-packed and house-made frozen dairy treats.

Big Feeling

If something like Fig Leaf Ice Cream or Pluot Sorbet intrigues you, follow Big Feeling on IG for their weekly menu drops. Pints of small-batch deliciousness are thoughtfully crafted using in-season, locally sourced ingredients, for pick-up at Bolt Coffee and other spots. They return from a spring break April 24. Providence

Brickley’s

For many Ocean State dwellers, nothing signals the start of nice weather like some Brickley’s (with their beloved jimmies made from real chocolate). Their Wakefield shop reopened for the season in March, which means you can zip over for a waffle cone for now and a container for later. Wakefield & Narragansett

Gray’s Ice Cream

Open 365 days and offering an extensive menu of house-made flavors (more than two dozen, plus frozen yogurt, sugar free, and sherbets), Gray’s is iconic among Rhody ice cream connoisseurs. Celebrate spring with a quart plus to-go toppings or a Hot Fudge Sundae Kit. Tiverton & Bristol

Greenline Apothecary

Want to bring a little of the old time-y soda fountain feeling home? Build your own float by picking up scoops packaged to go of the same ice cream (made from local milk and top-shelf ingredients) you’d dip into at the beautiful counters at both Greenline locations. Providence & Wakefield

The Ice Cream Machine

This Diamond Hill fave, known for variety as well as generous portions, has a freezer stocked with grab-and-go offerings. Don’t see the Birthday Cake or Mint Chocolate Chip you’re craving? No need to scream – they’ll whip up a container on the spot while you wait. Cumberland

Kow Kow

From cart to cute Ives Street storefront, Kow Kow’s enormous bubble waffle cones continue to be a crowd pleaser. A takeaway option means you don’t have to worry about dripping if you want to enjoy a cone on your porch – convenient kits come with everything you’ll need to recreate this dazzling treat at home. Providence

Like No Udder

Another East Side spot that started out as a food truck, Like No Udder stands out for their dairy-free hard and soft serve ice cream, to enjoy anywhere. There is a three-pint minimum for carryout orders, but with over a dozen flavors to choose from, choosing just three is the real challenge. Providence

The Sacred Cow

An offshoot of Munroe Dairy, this ice cream parlor and marketplace mash-up has hand-packed containers of icy cold yumminess. In addition to the core eight flavors, you can walk out with a vegan vanilla or an allergen-free strawberry or lemon sorbet. It’s easy to spot, too – watch for the cow spots. East Providence

Three Sisters

Named for owner Michael Stern’s three daughters, this neighborhood cafe has become synonymous with house-churned ice cream. Watch for BOGO pint specials because a bowl of Cake Batter or Peanut Butter Heaven for dinner now and again is a necessary indulgence. Providence

Warwick Ice Cream

Next time you’re shopping at your local market of choice (whether Dave’s, Clement’s, Roch’s, Belmont, or the East Side Marketplace), keep an eye out for this family-owned wholesaler that started in 1930. RI-inspired flavors include Moonstone Beach Vanilla, Coffee Milk made with Autocrat Syrup, and a tangy sweet Del’s Lemon.

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