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WEB EXCLUSIVE It is hot. Temperatures in Raleigh reached the high 90s this week, with humidity making it feel like 110 degrees—basically, it’s been unbearable. At this time of year in North Carolina, the cure to cooling yourself down is some nice, cold ice cream—by a beach or the pool, if you’re lucky. Below, we rounded up a few of our favorite Raleigh ice cream spots to keep the heat at bay.
7713 Lead Mine Road; 215 E Franklin Street
Known for: Rotating monthly flavors that fit a festive theme. This month’s special flavors feature Two Roosters’ greatest hits—think Peanut Butter Cookie, Key Lime Ginger and Earl Grey Lemon Cookie Dough.
327 W Davie Street
Known for: If you didn’t already love Videri for their amazing chocolates (we don’t know how you couldn’t…) here’s another reason to visit: they just started a soft serve ice cream window featuring vanilla and chocolate soft serve with toppings galore!
100 Dairy Lane
Known for: Howling Cow is a Raleigh icon. The ice cream is made on NC State’s campus with milk and cream from more than 300 NC State cows on the veterinary school’s farm in Raleigh. Wolf Tracks is a crowd favorite!
10120 Green Level Church Road, Cary; 1008 Ryan Road, Cary
Known for: Premium ice cream made with rBST-free milk that comes from pasture-raised cows featured in monthly flavors, along with extravagant milkshakes, cookie sandwiches, sundaes and other ice cream creations.
411 W Morgan Street
Known for: Create-your-own rolled ice cream or specialty creations including Benelux Biscoffee, Chocolate Overload, Mixed Berry and S’mores. Raleigh Rolls’ Morgan Street Food Hall location is currently closed, but you can find the food truck, Rolls on Wheels, around town.
6033 Glenwood Avenue
Known for: It’s in the name—FRESH. has been creating innovative flavors of ice cream for 30 years using fresh ingredients from local farms for scoops, sundaes and ice cream cakes.
200 Park at N Hills Street; 2004 Boulderstone Way, Cary
Known for: A plethora of homemade flavors, best served in a freshly made waffle cone. Fudge, caramel apples, brittles, truffles and other confections are also available.
10450 Durant Road
Known for: More than 150 flavors of premium ice cream, yogurt, sorbet, sherbet and non-dairy ice cream loaded with cookies, candies and almost any other sweet mix-in or topping your heart desires.
2421 Spring Forest Road; 9700 Strickland Road; 13260 Strickland Road; 2042 Clark Avenue
Known for: All-natural frozen custard made with just milk, cream, eggs, pure cane sugar, honey and natural vanilla extract (in the vanilla flavor). Every day Goodberry’s features a different flavor, which we recommend blending into their famous Carolina Concrete with your choice of mix-ins.
3801 Hillsborough Street; 4160 Main Street
Known for: Perhaps America’s most beloved ice cream chain, you can get Ben & Jerry’s famous pints in grocery stores or scooped at two Raleigh locations at North Hills or on Hillsborough Street. At the scoop shops, you’ll find all your favorite flavors and more, including milkshakes, sundaes and chocolate dipped waffle cones.
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