As the snow slowly and painfully begins to melt away, I find myself thinking more and more about days where the I can wear shorts and tank tops, the days where I can get a sunburn and drink iced tea. Along with all of this, I find myself craving good, out-of-a-cone ice cream. In order to inspire you to think of these far away warm days, here is my list of the top places to eat ice cream nearby.
This is absolutely a local favorite. Its location right in Hanover makes it a great place to quickly satisfy ice cream cravings. The opening of JC’s always marks the beginning of the spring season for all of us in Hanover. They carry all the classic soft-serve flavors, along with several other treats as well.
Dairy Twist is another popular place in the summer months. It is only a short drive away in Pembroke. As one can see from any Hanover student’s Instagram, Dairy Twist ice creams are a work of art. They come with bountiful toppings, coating the entire outside. They also give very large portions. Unless you can deftly eat an enormous ice cream before it melts, I recommend buying a small cone. Dairy Twist offers all kinds of flavors, giving it some of the most varieties in the South Shore.
Peaceful Meadows is a classic ice cream destination for any day of the year. As their sign proudly boasts, they are open ten to ten, 365 days a year. However, only in the summer can you pet their cows while you wait for your cone to be prepared. Yes, cows. Located on Route 18 in Whitman, Peaceful Meadows is an actual farm. The milk they use to make their ice cream comes from the cows on their farm. Although they do not offer as many flavors as these other shops, they have incredible homemade ice cream.
Like Peaceful Meadows, Hornstra uses milk from the cows roaming in their pastures. Only recently did this Norwell farm start selling ice cream. Before this they just sold milk. You can see some of their trucks driving around town making deliveries. Their ice cream is mind-blowingly delicious. Also, driving to Hornstra is an ice cream experience. I know this sounds silly, but it really does feel authentic driving down a secluded road to a little farm with a big barn and a fields of corn. And yes, you can pet the cows here too.