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Any Good Places for Grape Nut Ice Cream? (Besides Louie's)

I love the grape nut ice cream at Louie's in East Somerville, but wouldn't mind trying it somewhere else if another place has a good version of it. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. The grape nut ice cream at Toscanini's on Main Street on the MIT side of Central Square in Cambridge is a winner. Sometimes it has raisins in it.

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    1. re: East Cambridge Hound

      I'll second Tosci's. I haven't had the flavor elsewhere so I can't compare, but I always liked the flavor there.

      1. re: East Cambridge Hound

        Tosci's had an interesting grapenut cherry ice cream (in addition to regular grapenut), I'd never seen that combination before. But a huge kiddie cone for $2 vs. a smallish small for $3.65, it's Louie's for me.

      2. Russo's in Watertown (and probably other stores) sells pints of Sweet Scoops frozen yogurt, which is really good in general, but I like the grapenut in particular.

        1. A few weeks ago i saw it at a place in Dedham, across the street from Isabellas.
          My buddy had it, and loved it. I think its called Rons. Excellent ice cream.

          1. Help! I only remember Grapenut Icecream at HoJo's many years ago in the New England area.
            Where can it be purchased now? I live in NC now so chances are probably rather slim. Ahmie

            1. As others have said, Toscanini's has Grape Nut, and it's delicious - super-creamy with lots of slightly softened nuggets. I've also had it up at White Farms in Ipswich where it's also good. White Farms' is not quite as good as Toscanini's, but what it lacks in quality it almost makes up for in quantity - for goodness' sake, order the kiddie size!!!

              1. Another North Shore rec: Benson's on Rt 133 in West Boxford. I had the grapenut (and frozen pudding) last night and it was delish. Big portions too.

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                1. re: peelmeagrape

                  so good at Benson's! Also I saw it in N.Andover at Treadwell's at Smolak Farms. I think it's a pretty common flavor for this area ;)

                  1. re: peelmeagrape

                    I've heard great things about Benson's, but haven't been there yet. I'm in the Wilmington/North Andover area a lot these days, so maybe I'll run over there at some point.

                    1. re: peelmeagrape

                      Was Benson's servig fresh strawberry ice cream yet? Their seasonal fruit flavors are what I'd travel there for.

                    2. Yes yes yes to Gus Rancatore's grape nut ice cream. A Trinidadian flavor. In fact, go NOW to Toscanini's for his new avocado sorbet. Unbelievable.

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                      1. re: corkela

                        Trinidadian, huh? I've always thought of it as an old-school New England flavor, the ice-cream cousin to grapenut pudding.

                      2. Izzy's in Harvard Square has some creamy grape nut ice cream.

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                        1. re: uman

                          Richardson's Middleton
                          Mad Maggies No Reading/ Andover line

                          1. re: AnneM

                            Richardson's is also available in downtown crossing..in a little booth next to the gyro place, Meditarraneo..in the Filene's building on Washington They had grape nut today.

                          2. re: uman

                            Though tiny and somewhat tucked away on a stretch of Church Street, Izzy's ice cream gets top marks just in general. They also deserve props for some simply outstanding sherbets, and sherbet is becoming a lost art.

                            Am I crazy, or do I recall seeing Grape Nut at Christina's on occasion?

                            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                              Isn't the place Lizzy's, the same as in Waltham?

                          3. Richardson's in Middleton
                            Cherry Hill on the Beverly/Danvers line

                            both give enormous portions.

                            1. I think Smitty's down on the Cape has it too...

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                              1. re: joypirate

                                Richardson's I believe makes the White Farms Ice creams. The best supermarket brand grape nut if by far Deering Farms if you can find it.

                              2. Richardson's makes a good grapenut ice cream but, if you can find it, I like the Gifford's stuff better. The closest place to get it is in most Hannaford's over the NH border. For some reason (I've asked Gifford's) they don't have any scoop shops or retail locations on the MA side.

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                                1. re: drboom

                                  Wild Willy's in Watertown has Gifford's ice cream. I don't think I've ever seen Grape Nut there, though.

                                2. Treadwells in Danvers Ma on rt 114 is where we always get grapenut ice cream. Yes Deerings Ice Cream makes a decent grapenut if you can find it like the other poster said.

                                  1. Peaceful Meadows in Middleboro, Plymouth, and Whitman makes Grape Nut ice cream. I live in San Francisco now, and I really miss it!


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                                    1. re: manraysky

                                      Farfars in Duxbury makes the best grape nut ice cream. I also like their pineapple orange.

                                      1. re: hoplover

                                        Ron's in Dedham and Hyde Park. The best homemade around.

                                    2. crescent ridge in sharon has great grapenut icecream

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                                      1. re: sprinkle

                                        There is an article in today's Metro West News about a new place that has opened on Route 140 in Upton called JJ's Ice Cream. They have only been open since June 1 and today is the Grand Opening. It is a family run business. The man left his job at EMC to open it. They particularly mentioned the Grapenut Ice Cream in the article.

                                      2. Another place that sells Richardson's is Hot Diggity in Winthrop (a hot dog stand that is good but the ice cream is wonderful).

                                        Meola's in West Boylston (if it's still there on Rt. 140) made a great Grapenut Ice Cream.

                                        Definitely another vote also for Toscannini's.


                                        1. FWIW, in the past week I've sampled the grape nut flavor at Crescent Ridge in Sharon, Benson's in West Boxford and Louie's in East Somerville and would rank their quality and flavor in that order from best to worst. Crescent Ridge was my hands-down favorite. It has a superiorly creamy and fresh tasting base with large, firm grape nut pieces.

                                          1. Kimball Farm in Westford. It is fantastic.

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                                            1. re: TomH

                                              Im glad someone mentioned this! As an ex-employee of Kimballs I have to say- its one of their best flavors- and believe me during my 4 years of working there I tried them all. This is one of the ones that I still crave after all these years. Delicious!!!

                                              1. Not quite local, but I tasted it at Treadwell's in Salem/Peabody yesterday. I can't say the flavor was for me, but it seemed to be a favorite amongst other customers.

                                                1. If you get outside the city there is an ice cream place next to my town, Richardson's Ice Cream. They are a dairy farm and make their own ice cream. It's in Middleton, MA. Here's the website. Fantastic ice cream. Also... if you go places all over MA they sell their ice cream other places. I love their grapenut.


                                                  1. Kind of far from Boston...but the Ice Cream Smuggler on Route 6A in Dennisport has awesome grapenut ice cream.

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                                                    1. re: Patsgal

                                                      Also in Dennisport, the grapenut ice cream at Sundae School is excellent.

                                                    2. If you are ever up for a road trip, head for Tiverton RI and try the Grapenut at Gray's Ice cream. They also have a scoop shop in Bristol, RI on the pier.


                                                      1. I enjoy adding Grape Nuts and fruit to the frozen yogurt at Cafe Kiraz on Hampshire St. in Cambridge. I'm not usually a fro-yo fan, but I like this stuff a lot. Plus, you get to have your first serving with crunchy Nuts, then put the rest in the freezer overnight, by which time the Nuts have softened up considerably. For the compare and contrast.

                                                        Assuming, of course, you can resist grinding up a snickers bar in that machine instead.

                                                        1. some have mentioned Toscanini's but his brother who run's Rancatore's also has been doing grapenut raisin flavor for nearly 20 years. Belmont on the Watertown line (I live around the block - hooray for me ) and now also in lexington. they don't always have it though.

                                                          1. Nona's in Hingham, but call first to make sure they have it, they change all the time

                                                            1. Is there anything more to in than Grape-Nuts in vanilla ice cream? Because that's what I mix together at home. Picco's vanilla works nicely, as it has a softish, creamy texture that makes mix-ins easy.


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                                                              1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                Some of them also have raisins, and the Grape-Nuts have usually largely dissolved into sponginess. It seems like they would retain more crunch if added as a mix-in, and to my way of thinking would be much tastier.

                                                                Hm, why have I never noticed Grape-Nuts as an option in a Korean-style frozen yogurt place? Seems a natural...

                                                                1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                  I actually like it at both stages (much as I do eating the cereal with milk): while it's still gravelly-crunchy, and later, when it softens up a bit.


                                                              2. I've seen it at Meletharb in Wakefield. There ice cream is super creamy, so I'm sure it would be really good. I think it's one of the rotating specials.

                                                                The sauces, however, are pretty generic. Hard to understand how a place that takes such pride in it's ice cream wouldn't make its own hot fudge and butterscotch.

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                                                                1. re: bear

                                                                  Ron's in Hyde Park is the best I've had.

                                                                2. Roche Brothers has Giffords