Every July brings about a holiday that, frankly, some of us need no excuse to celebrate: National Ice Cream Month! And luckily for parents and kids, fabulous new flavors from your favorite brands abound during the hot months. There's something to satisfy every craving: If you're a chocoholic, you'll find decadent blends of chocolate swirls, candies and even pudding. For a lighter, refreshing mix of fruit and cream, you won't be disappointed by the latest offerings. Ready for a scoop?
The hands-down favorite ice cream flavor from Guernsey Farms Dairy in Northville, Mich. is the classic butter pecan. Full of nuts in a butter-infused ice cream blend, no wonder people flock to the local ice cream shop location – and the freezer section of their local grocers – for this signature flavor.
Hold your own summer Olympic celebration in a bowl with a cool treat from Baskin Robbins. July's flavor of the month is Gold Medal Ribbon. This combination of vanilla and chocolate ice creams is streaked with golden caramel. To get your gold-medal scoop, visit the Baskin Robbins ice cream shop finder.
Ben & Jerry's new flavor says it all: Chocolate Therapy. The chocolate ice cream is swirled with chocolate cookies and pudding. To find this flavor – or another unique concoction from these legendary ice cream makers – check out the Ben & Jerry's ice cream location finder.
One of the trendiest ice cream flavors around? Salted caramel. The savory hints of saltiness mixed with the smooth ice cream are a perfect pairing – especially if you have a scoop from Haagen-Dazs. To track down this limited edition flavor, see Haagen-Dazs' flavor finder.
Join the Blizzard of the Month Club with Dairy Queen's Chocolate Candy Shop treat. Tucked within the DQ vanilla soft serve, you'll find mini chocolate candies filled with hazelnut creme, fudge and caramel. All these candies are blended together with dark, decadent cocoa fudge. Here's how to find your nearest Dairy Queen.
For a taste of the tropics, pick up Edy's limited edition Coconut Pineapple ice cream. This island-inspired treat packs loads of coconut along with juicy pineapple chunks. Aloha! See if your local store has this refreshing Edy's flavor.
Since 1926, the folks at Hudsonville Creamy & Ice Cream Company have been creating classic and unique ice cream flavors. This summer, try a scoop of their limited edition Pure Michigan Caramel Apple, Apple which has apple pieces mixed inside swirls of caramel and creamy vanilla ice cream. Enter your ZIP code to find the nearest location selling Hudsonville ice creams.
Combine your favorite morning brew with a cool treat in a bowl. That's right: It's coffee-flavored ice cream from Starbucks. Bursting with crumbled chocolate cookies, this ice cream is good the last drop – er, spoonful! See if your neighborhood grocery stocks this Starbucks flavor.
It's rumored that the Superman flavor, a crazy blend of yellow, blue and red ice creams, began at Stroh's Ice Cream Parlour. Their version includes blue moon, red pop and lemon ice flavors. To try a scoop on-location, visit their Bloomfield sweet shop, which has been around since 1964. You can also find hand-packed cartons of their ice creams at area grocers.
Do you have an idea for the perfect ice cream? Try it out at your nearby Cold Stone Creamery. They call these do-it-yourself ice creams "Custom Creations." But you might want to try one of their "Signature Creations." With names like Cheesecake Fantasy, All Lovin' No Oven, Cookie Doughn't You Want Some, and many more, it's easy to find a favorite. Locate your nearest Cold Stone store here.