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The Top 10 Ice Cream Spots in the Baltimore Area

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As temperatures climb and the humidity builds, we’re all going to be looking for a frosty treat. Fortunately, the Baltimore area has no shortage of ice cream destinations catering to classic cones and funky flavors. Explore the following 10 local shops serving up the perfect scoop this summer.

Bmore Licks

Open daily, noon to 9 p.m.
With giant murals of pastel-colored ice cream on its brick façade, Bmore Licks in Canton is hard to miss. This family-owned ice cream shop is located across the street from Patterson Park, and it recently opened a second location in Federal Hill. Both shops feature more than 100 flavors of handmade ice cream and milkshakes, dozens of sundaes and snowball flavors as well as vegan and non-dairy friendly options. Whether you want the classic cookies and cream or funky concoctions like Maryland Mud— made with mocha ice cream, Berger cookies and ice cream sandwich wafers—Bmore Licks has something for every taste.
Canton: 2437 Eastern Ave.
Federal Hill: 901 Light St.

Broom’s Bloom Dairy

Memorial Day through Labor Day hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
Named after the colonial land grant for the area and original land owner, John Broom, Broom’s Bloom Dairy has been the home of the Dallam family for nine generations. Along with cheeses, eggs and meats, the biggest seller is the old-fashioned ice cream made right on the farm with milk from their cows. Twelve to 18 out of the 100 ice cream flavors are available at a time and rotate daily.
1700 S. Fountain Green Road, Bel Air

Hoffman’s Home Made Ice Cream & Deli

Open daily, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Established in 1947, Hoffman’s has been serving rich ice cream and ice cream cakes to the Carroll County community for generations. This shop features more than 50 hand-dipped ice cream and sorbet flavors that can be eaten from the cone or taken home in pints, half gallons and gallon tubs. This summer, patrons can expect flavors such as cherry vanilla, orange pineapple, peach, banana and fudge tracks.
934 Washington Road, Westminster

Miss Twist Ice Cream

Open daily, noon to 10 p.m.
Along with its permanent location in Essex, Miss Twist Ice Cream also has its own ice cream truck that travels all around the Baltimore area serving up sweet treats. This ice cream shop on wheels offers classic ice cream, Creamsicles, gourmet ice, gelati, ice cream sandwiches, floats, banana boats and the iconic double cone, along with a host of fun toppings. Check out the truck tracker on the website to find out where you can buy a delicious ice cream treat.
122 Back River Neck Road, Essex

Opie’s Soft Serve & Snowballs

Summer hours: open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
What started as a small snowball stand in 1984 has since grown into a full-scale business specializing in sweet treats. Along with the iconic snowballs—featuring 36 flavors—Opie’s also offers soft-serve ice cream, sundaes, shakes and floats, ice cream cookies, snow cream and healthy protein shakes.
1603 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville

Pitango Gelato

Open daily, hours vary by location
Rather than making quirky flavors with tons of toppings, this Italian-inspired shop specializes in classic gelato and sorbet flavors. Each batch is made on-site daily with fresh ingredients sourced locally when possible. Enjoy flavors such as chocolate, blackberry, hazelnut, passion fruit, pistachio and matcha green tea as well as vegan and fat-free sorbets. Since opening in Fells Point in 2007, Pitango has since expanded across the DMV area with locations in Washington, D.C.; Reston, Virginia; and Bethesda, Maryland.
Fells Point: 802 S. Broadway

Prigel Family Creamery

Open Monday through Saturday (closed on Sunday and Monday at
Belvedere Square Market), hours vary by location
This creamery is operated by the Prigel family. The Prigels have been farming in Long Green Valley for more than 100 years. Their milk is processed from the 150 milk cows that graze on fresh grass at the certified organic farm, Bellevale Farm, resulting in creamy, nutrient-packed ice cream. You can grab a cone from the main creamery and the stand at Belvedere Square Market or order custom ice cream cakes, pies and ice cream sandwiches on the website.
Glen Arm: 4852 Long Green Road
Belvedere Square Market: 529 E. Belvedere Ave.

Taharka Bros.

Days and hours vary by location
Taharka Bros. is best known for its bright pink ice cream truck—aka the “Change Maker Mobile.” The signature Honey Graham ice cream is a symbol of the company’s dedication to social change. Young adults from troubled neighborhoods in Baltimore run this business, and they often collaborate with other small businesses to make special-edition flavors. You can find a Taharka Bros. stand at Cross Street Market, R. House and Broadway Market, as well as ice cream pints at restaurants and grocery stores across the DMV area. You can also book the Change Maker Mobile for an event or have pints and ice cream sandwiches delivered to your door.

The Charmery

Open daily, hours vary by location
Opened in Hampden in 2013, The Charmery has quickly become a Baltimore staple and has since opened three more locations in Towson, Federal Hill and Columbia in the Union Collective. With bold, ever-changing flavors, friendly customer service and a dedication to the community, it’s no wonder why people choose to go back to
The Charmery time and time again.
Columbia: 6000 Merriweather Drive, Suite 185B
Federal Hill: 46 E. Cross St.
Hampden: 801 W. 36th St.
Towson: 6807 York Road

Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop

Open daily, hours vary by location
This Italian dessert shop has been a Little Italy staple for more than 60 years. Vaccaro’s mouthwatering treats include Italian cookies, cannoli, cakes, tiramisu and rich coffee. The creamy gelato features sweet and savory flavors, including Italian cookies and cream, holy cannoli, s’mores, amaretto, pistachio, caffe and mint chocolate chip. You can find a shop in Little
Italy, Canton Square and Hunt Valley.
Canton: O’Donnell Square, 2919 O’Donnell St.
Hunt Valley: Hunt Valley Towne Center,
118 Shawan Road, Cockeysville
Little Italy: 222 Albemarle St.

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