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

hiddenboston Jun 18, 2007 02:11 PM

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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    East Cambridge Hound RE: hiddenboston Jun 18, 2007 03:23 PM

    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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      Ladycale RE: East Cambridge Hound Jun 18, 2007 06:40 PM

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

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        Joanie RE: East Cambridge Hound Jun 19, 2007 06:09 AM

        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.

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        Ruprecht RE: hiddenboston Jun 18, 2007 03:27 PM

        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.

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          cheesehead in recovery RE: hiddenboston Jun 18, 2007 04:54 PM

          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.

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            Ahmie RE: hiddenboston Jun 18, 2007 05:15 PM

            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. Kip McSkipster RE: hiddenboston Jun 18, 2007 07:29 PM

              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!!!

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                peelmeagrape RE: hiddenboston Jun 19, 2007 05:19 AM

                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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                  MaineRed RE: peelmeagrape Jun 19, 2007 06:03 AM

                  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 ;)

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                    hiddenboston RE: peelmeagrape Jun 19, 2007 02:41 PM

                    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.

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                      Chris VR RE: peelmeagrape Jun 24, 2007 07:33 PM

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

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                      corkela RE: hiddenboston Jun 19, 2007 05:24 AM

                      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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                        Allstonian RE: corkela Jun 20, 2007 11:46 AM

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

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                        uman RE: hiddenboston Jun 19, 2007 08:05 AM

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

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                          AnneM RE: uman Jun 19, 2007 08:43 AM

                          Richardson's Middleton
                          Mad Maggies No Reading/ Andover line

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                            9lives RE: AnneM Jun 19, 2007 02:55 PM

                            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.

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                            BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: uman Jun 19, 2007 02:59 PM

                            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?

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                              Joanie RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jun 20, 2007 04:52 AM

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

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                            dustycolby2 RE: hiddenboston Jun 19, 2007 09:15 AM

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

                            both give enormous portions.

                            1. joypirate RE: hiddenboston Jun 19, 2007 03:17 PM

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

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                                ipsofatso RE: joypirate Jun 19, 2007 03:40 PM

                                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.

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                                drboom RE: hiddenboston Jun 20, 2007 09:47 AM

                                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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                                  BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: drboom Jun 20, 2007 12:22 PM

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

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                                  sityofsin RE: hiddenboston Jun 20, 2007 11:24 AM

                                  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. manraysky RE: hiddenboston Jun 20, 2007 11:54 AM

                                    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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                                      hoplover RE: manraysky Jun 20, 2007 12:45 PM

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

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                                        catsmeow RE: hoplover Jun 20, 2007 07:35 PM

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

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                                      sprinkle RE: hiddenboston Jun 22, 2007 10:14 AM

                                      crescent ridge in sharon has great grapenut icecream

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                                        edgewater RE: sprinkle Jun 24, 2007 09:03 AM

                                        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.

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                                        bostonmeg RE: hiddenboston Jun 24, 2007 09:07 AM

                                        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.


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                                          peelmeagrape RE: hiddenboston Jun 26, 2007 05:11 AM

                                          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. TomH RE: hiddenboston Jun 29, 2007 07:26 AM

                                            Kimball Farm in Westford. It is fantastic.

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                                              fmcoxe6188 RE: TomH Jun 23, 2008 07:47 AM

                                              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!!!

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                                                Boston_Otter RE: TomH Feb 27, 2012 11:35 AM

                                                Definitely. My favorite!

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                                                bex77 RE: hiddenboston Jun 29, 2007 08:13 AM

                                                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.

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                                                  ABMolhan RE: hiddenboston Jun 22, 2008 06:45 PM

                                                  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.


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                                                    Patsgal RE: hiddenboston Jun 23, 2008 06:11 AM

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

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                                                      Boston_Otter RE: Patsgal Feb 27, 2012 11:36 AM

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

                                                    2. BostonZest RE: hiddenboston Jun 23, 2008 07:59 AM

                                                      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. enhF94 RE: hiddenboston Jun 23, 2008 09:54 AM

                                                        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.

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                                                          KingCarnivore RE: hiddenboston Jun 23, 2008 06:30 PM

                                                          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.

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                                                            chefezu RE: hiddenboston Feb 27, 2012 09:15 AM

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

                                                            1. MC Slim JB RE: hiddenboston Feb 27, 2012 09:37 AM

                                                              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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                                                                Jenny Ondioline RE: MC Slim JB Feb 27, 2012 11:58 AM

                                                                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...

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                                                                  MC Slim JB RE: Jenny Ondioline Feb 27, 2012 05:21 PM

                                                                  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.


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                                                                bear RE: hiddenboston Feb 27, 2012 12:06 PM

                                                                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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                                                                  catsmeow RE: bear Feb 27, 2012 03:49 PM

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

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                                                                  jmanfarm RE: hiddenboston Mar 1, 2012 08:44 AM

                                                                  Roche Brothers has Giffords

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