Adobe Stock./By fahrwasser
It’s officially the dog days of summer, and what better way to celebrate than with ice cream (lots of ice cream). If you need an excuse to indulge, then here it is; National Ice Cream Day is Sunday, July 21. You’re welcome. Here are a few shops to load up on some scrumptious scoops.
This family-owned operation has some of the freshest ice cream around. Be brave and try one of the more unusual flavors, like lemongrass-basil or chai tea.
35849 Atlantic Ave., Millville • 993-0739; 44 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View • 993-0739
This family-owned and operated ice cream shop has been serving up some of the best soft serve since 1956. You can even get your pup a cup for only $1.70!
2 Jay Drive, New Castle • 328-9740
Hopkins typically has around 25 unique flavors on its menu at any given time but try and get there during the summer months when the shop releases its summer seasonal flavors like Delaware Fruit and Peaches N Cream.
18166 Dairy Farm Road, Lewes • 645-7163
Head over to Ice Cream Drive in Wilmington beginning at noon on Sunday for face painting, a visit from local volunteer fire fighters and free sprinkles.
1 Ice Cream Drive, Wilmington • 478-4555
Peanut butter swirl from The Ice Cream Shoppe./Courtesy of Andrew Hoffecker.
This family-owned shop serves massive scoops alongside a display of American muscle cars (yes, it’s true). Get your favorite flavor piled high on a homemade waffle cone.
700 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington • 593-8207
King’s has been in operation since 1972 and serves nostalgia one scoop at a time. The mint chip cannot be beat.
302 Union St., Milton • 684-8900; 201 Second St., Lewes • 645-9425
Pair your scoops with a game of mini golf at this quaint Kent County ice cream shop. Try the banana pudding ice cream if you’re feeling adventurous.
27 S. Railroad Ave., Wyoming • 423-0497
Made with the milk from the cows at the University of Delaware’s farm at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, this nonprofit shop sells some deliciously silly ice cream, like the All Nighter, This Scotch is Bananas and Peanut Butter Jelly Time.
815 N. Market St., Wilmington • 300-4342; 535 S. College Ave., Newark • 831-2486
William and Ellen Vanderwende started their dairy farm with just six cows and $35 and now the business has grown to multiple locations at the beach. We love the lemon chiffon and black raspberry (the sugar/dairy-free flavors are delicious, too!)
4003 Seashore Hwy., Bridgeville • 349-5110; 8374 Hicamn Road, Greenwood • 349-5160; 23 Bellevue St., Dewey Beach • 858-8003; 300 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island
Owned and operated by the Mitchell family, Woodside is hosting its own National Ice Cream Day Celebration on Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. (rain or shine). Admission is free as you get to try new flavors, vote for your favorite, participate in field games and an ice cream eating contest ($3-$5 registration fee). The proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank of Delaware.
1310 Little Baltimore Road, Hockessinâ€‹ • 239-9847