Nothing says summer like ice cream. Luckily, the island is in no short supply. With stands speckling the island everyone can find their perfect scoop. Here is your guide to the island’s top shops for scoops. And with one of my Block Bucket List items being to “try every ice cream spot on the island”, I done good.
Best Budget Cone: Rebecca’s Take-Out (Water Street)
For the most cream for your coin try Rebecca’s Take-out. With three locations but the best cones here coming from their Old Harbor spot. They have a number of your classic flavors with a small costing $2.50 and a large at $3.50. The diner is known for their many other options, but their sly ice cream side business can not be ignored.
Best Sundae: The Ice Cream Place (232 Water St, entrance from Weldon’s Way)
It is hard to not immediately walk straight for The Ice Cream Place as you disembark the ferry. Nestled in with a great sitting area, The Ice Cream Place delivers on it’s name. Here try a “Walking Sundae” which combines the magic of holding a cone without having to give up the joys of a sundae. The cone includes the ice cream flavor of your choosing, hot fudge, ladled in hot fudge and scooped on freshly whipped cream. Good thing they have plenty of seating, this “Walking Sundae” takes your full attention.
Best Flavor Selection: Aldo’s Bakery & Ice Cream (130 Weldon’s Way)
When everyone in the family likes their ice cream a little different, head to Aldo’s. Here one can find a plethora of homemade hard-packed flavors, more than a dozen Gelato varieties (including non-dairy Sherberts), soft serve frozen yogurts and if none of those options work, the spot boasts delicious baked goods. One flavor to try is the Peppermint Patti, for minty chocolaty taste that confirms the paradox of choice can be conquered. Shout Out to my main man Mr. Boris who scooped me a majority of my cones this summer. Thanks Boris, I wouldn’t have survived without you!
Best Soft-Serve: Payne’s Killer Donuts (1 Ocean Avenue, New Harbor)
Life is hard, make ice cream easy. If you are looking for a treat and prefer the smooth soft creamy variety, the best can be found at Payne’s. Known for their donuts, if you find yourself nearby in the afternoon; don’t shy away the locale offers unbeatable cones. Pile on sprinkles for a little crunch and enjoy your moment of paradise; these cones melt fast in the summer heat.
New Trend to Try: Beckett’s Gelato (Water Street)
Gelato, Italian for ice cream, is the creamier cousin of the traditional ice you are likely familiar. Made in small batches with less air churned into the mixture, the taste of gelato is rich. The flavors are more striking in each spoonful, so a small cup will do you. Plus embrace the fun of feeling fancy holding your tiny little spoon.
Best for the Comforts of Home: Ben & Jerry’s (224 Water Street)
As the only chain on Block Island, Ben & Jerry’s is worthy exception. The company goes beyond the delicious ice cream they produce to contribute to a better world. Their products are sourced locally to production, follow green standards and make sure all workers receive fair benefits. In terms of why you should try their scoops, the taste options are the same you can find at home or in the grocery store, so you can have a nicely scooped cone of your favorite familiar flavor all while taking in a Block Island sunset making the whole experience rounded.
Best Hidden Spot: The Scoop Shack at The Harbor Inn (Water Street)
Tucked behind the corner of the Harbor Inn, The Scoop Shack has 20 homemade flavors for you to come discover. This spot is sometimes forgotten in the fast pace hustle and bustle of Water Street, but if you are lucky enough to find it you will be sure to want mark your map to return. With plenty of seating, a gift shop and great views, the shop offers the best views of Old Harbor.
Last Stop Shop: Old Harborview Takeout (Water Street)
As you run to catch the last ferry of the day, Old Harbor Take is the finial chance you have to grab your taste bud’s delights. The window offers a number of flavor brusts to soft serve flavors, as well as Del’s Frozen Lemonade if you’ve already maximized your dairy intake.