Summer is soon upon us, and to many of us, ice cream is synonymous with summer family vacations filled with visits to local dairies and ice cream shops.
Ice cream is one of those polarizing foods, however. Soft or scoopable? Waffle cup or cone? Toppings or aa purist plain?
We’ve done some homework on all of these types available in SoDel, and even beyond in Delmarva – those places worthy of a road trip. Here’s what we found (in no particular rank!).
Hopkins Farm Creamery. Any local will tell you Hopkins is a go-to for their homemade, fresh ice cream made right there on historic Green Acres Farm. For four generations, the Hopkins family has farmed the landmark and scenic farm, and got into the ice cream frenzie in the 1990s. They’ve been churning up business and fantastic flavors ever since.
There are animals and a playground for the grandkids to enjoy. From baby dips to hand-packed product to go, to sundaes and specialty flavors, Hopkins pleases crowds. It’s a family tradition well worth sharing with your own.
Vanderwende Farm Creamery. Another Delaware favorite is Vanderwende’s ice cream, fresh from its dairy farm in Bridgeville. For the real dairy experience, you can enjoy a rural 30 minute or so ride from SoDel to the farm. Conveniently though, they also have locations in Dewey Beach, Fenwick and Greenville – perfect for the whole family after a day on the beach.
Vanderwende’s Farm has been in the ice cream business for three generations, so they certainly know how to please everyone with an assortment of flavors and sizes, and are well known for their popular homemade waffle cones. They offer 29 flavors, plus seasonal favorites such a Caramel Apple and Eggnog! Sugar and dairy-free flavors are also available.
The Blue Scoop, in Selbyville is another local icon for family fun and delicious ice cream flavors. Known for their special events, including games and giveaways, they serve a variety of ice creams, all from Delaware dairies, so you are bound to find a brand and flavor you adore.
King’s Homemade Ice Cream has two quaint locations, 2nd Street in Lewes, and lovable downtown Milton where their ice cream, frozen yogurt and ices are made. They use local dairy cream, and add all kinds of ingredients to come up with amazing flavors such as Salted Caramel Crunch or Pineapple yogurt.
Expect a line worth waiting in during their peak summer season, and also expect family-friendly service. Why not get some shopping done while you are in either location?
2 Dips Ice Cream. Coming off a long day on Lewes Beach or Cape Henlopen? Then don’t miss fan favorite 2 Dips. Serving 56 flavors of Hershey Ice Cream, milkshakes and Italian ice, even your extended family will find something that satisfies their sweet tooth.
Located just off Lewes Beach #1 on Savannah Road, 2 Dips is a perennial favorite for the age-old tradition for eating ice cream while watching Lewes Beach’s fabulous sunsets. So be sure to time it just right to experience both (lots of people have the same idea!).
Rehoboth Beach Ice Cream. If your idea of nostalgic ice cream experiences includes enjoying it on the boardwalk, then Rehoboth Beach Ice Cream is for you. Featuring over 100 flavors, plus smoothies, milkshakes and more just steps from the storied Rehoboth Beach boardwalk, you can enjoy the beach or a bench while enjoying a summer day or evening.
Can’t decide on a flavor with so many to choose from? Unique to this shop is their popular ice cream “flight,” a sampling of a bunch of flavors you can’t bear to miss.
Finally, for those who have a hankering for the famous Blizzard or frozen ice cream cake, then Dairy Queen at the end of Savannah Road awaits. It’s been a mainstay at the beach for decades, and long lines are filled with excited children awaiting candy toppings galore! (Be aware, Blizzards are made with soft ice cream and melt very quickly!)
Like 2 Dips, Dairy Queen is perfectly located to catch the Lewes Beach sunsets. And if ice cream is not your choice, you can enjoy their chicken strips, onion rings or soft pretzels with cheese.
In Delaware, a state with over 4,500 dairy cows, you cannot go wrong with any of these choices. Try them all!