Is there anything better than a ice cream cone in the summertime?
Landing an assignment for edible Rhody on Wright’s Dairy Farm’s newest venture, The Wright Scoop, was a delight as ice cream is one of those summertime rites of passage. The issue just dropped and you can read the story here.
Locally, the island collectively rejoices when Frosty Freeze in Middletown opens for the season, traditionally on April 1. It’s spring’s promise that summer is on its way. Here are some of my local favorites:
- Frosty Freeze: The frozen cappuccino drink here takes me back to Serendipity’s iconic frozen hot chocolate. The slushy frozen cappuccino is flanked by vanilla ice cream and the best part, in my opinion, is the fresh whipped cream on top. Indulgent.
- Sandcastles Sundaes and Shakes: In another Serendipity tie-in, Newport’s newest ice cream shop, Sandcastles, located in Brick Market just steps from Stoneacre Garden, touts “Serendipity style sundaes” — and they deliver. Their creations are a sugar rush in a cup and are frankly, edible pieces of art. My little one’s favorite is the Magic Unicorn, made with cotton candy ice cream complete with marshmallows, gummy worms and a stick of rock candy, topped with whipped cream and cherry and served in a cup with a marshmallow cream rim rolled in rainbow sprinkles. Insane.
Clementine’s: Though open for just a year, Clementine’s already has devout fans. The original location is in East Greenwich and the Middletown location is just around the corner from First Beach, so it’s a perfect spot for an après beach treat. My little one got a scoop of black raspberry during Newport’s Pride weekend after we did the Pride Ride and enjoyed the Pride Fest right after. The small was actually huge and I got to enjoy the half she couldn’t finish. Total mom score.
- Kilwin’s Chocolate, Fudge and Ice Cream: Kilwin’s is a national chain with a ton of shops including two in Newport. Admittedly, that wafting aroma of a just-made waffle cone lures me in every time. The pic here shows me enjoying my first waffle cone of the season, filled generously with cookie dough ice cream and topped with rainbow sprinkles. Classic.
- Twist on Thames: We went here more than one last summer but haven’t made it there recently — but we must. Twist is known for their taking their soft serve ice cream and blending in your flavor of choice — and there are more than two dozen flavors to choose from.
…and that’s the scoop.