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Sep 11, 2007 11:49 AM

Maine Ice Cream Season Winding Down

Are there any great places that I missed?

Mrs & Me in Kittery
Brown's in York/ Nubble Light
Big Daddy's in Wells
Smiling Hill Farm in Scarborough
Maples Organics in Portland
Shaws in Sanford
Scoop Deck in Kennebunk
Classic Custard in Yarmouth
Toots in Yarmouth
Deb's in Randolph
Hamilton's in Vassalboro
**North Street Dairy Cone in Waterville**
(this seasons winner for their homemade cookie dough!)
Round Top in Damariscotta
Boothbay Harbor Ice Cream Factory
*John's Handmade in Liberty/Lake St. George*
(this season's runnerup for his Strawberry Rhubarb)
Tubby's in Wayne

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  1. Morton's, Ellsworth
    Butterfield's, Dover-Foxcroft (or thereabouts)
    Smedbergs and Crystal Farm, South Paris-ish
    There's a place in Farmindale right on 201 and another just up the road inHallowell, can't think of the name of either at the moment.
    Dorman's, Rockland/Thomaston line

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    1. re: Mainegal

      Farmingdale is Webber's. Hallowell is new ownership Hamilton's Dairy Barn (same as place in Vassalboro).

    2. Do most of these places shut down seasonally? In RI, most are open year round so I never think of it as a season, I eat ice cream year round. Flavors change.....pumpkin, ginger, etc are big for fall.

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      1. re: JaneRI

        Since most places in Mass close before winter, I imagine Maine is no different.

        Despite that, I seem to recall there being some numbers reported that indicate that folks in Massachusetts eat a helluva lot more ice cream per person than the national average. I don't know where other states in NE stand in that regard though..
        I love Ice Cream all year long too :)

        1. re: Keithel

          New England eats more ice cream than the rest of the U.S. combined, that is the statistic that I always hear.

          1. re: jackattack

            Yes, I also hear of it being a combined NE figure, not just MA. We do have SOME seasonal places, but open year round is very common (and like I mentioned w/a change to seasonal/fallish flavors).

            1. re: JaneRI

              Ahh, maybe that was it. I mean no disrespect to other NE states :)

              1. re: Keithel

                Here in RI we have a bit of an inferiority complex.....we can't allow ourselves to be left out of stats, you know?

      2. Mount Desert Ice Cream Co. in Bar Harbor. The "hot chili chocolate" flavor rocks!

        1. Hattie's in Brunswick sells Maple's ice cream (even the store layout resembles Maple's) and I expect will be open year-round.

          1. Ice Cream Dugout - Windham. They are supposed to have a second location in Gray, but I haven't been to it. I think they are open through October?

            Boothbay Harbor has one of the most decadent (and fattening, I'm sure) ice cream flavors I've ever had - chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips, fudge swirls, and brownie pieces.

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            1. re: steve999

              It would be worth pointing out for many of the establishments who they source their ice cream from - or whether they make it themselves. There isn't alot of difference between on shop selling Gifford's ice cream and the next.

              1. re: Keefer Lucas

                Ice Cream Dugout serves Shain's of Maine.

                1. re: Keefer Lucas

                  All the places listed in my original post make their own ice cream.