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garnetmemory Nov 2, 2010 09:36 AM

Carvel, the ideal ice cream cake maker of my youth, has closed it's store in Chelmsford. The next closest store in in Connecticut.

Does anyone have recommendations on where to get an ice cream cake for a birthday party on Friday?

If it were summer I'd head to Kimaball's but alas, they are not an option. I found Gary's Ice Cream (http://www.garysicecream.com/). Any reviews?

Gary's Ice Cream
131 Gorham St, Chelmsford, MA 01824

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    suzysue2 Nov 2, 2010 10:06 PM

    I walked into JP Licks on Newbury St. and bought an ice cream cake on the spot for a coworkers' going away party at a completely reasonable price, it was a huge hit.

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      Kunegunde Nov 2, 2010 06:15 PM

      Dolce Freddo up on 110 in Methuen makes excellent gelato cakes:

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        Parsnipity Nov 2, 2010 02:24 PM

        My friend ordered a Toscanini's ice cream cake for my baby shower. It was surprisingly affordable, they custom-made a batch of ice cream in the flavor we wanted, and she commented on how good their customer service was. I can't eat that slime on the outside of Carvel cakes anymore-- I think it's hydrogenated something. Anyways, Toscanini's blows Carvel out of the water- I highly recommend it!

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          bear Nov 2, 2010 12:04 PM

          Meletharb in Wakefiled has ice cream cakes. Really creamy ice cream.

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            Chris VR Nov 2, 2010 09:07 PM

            I second this recommendation!

            Also AFAIK there's still a Carvel in Malden. Their site still lists it at
            657 Eastern Avenue
            Malden, MA 02148
            (781) 324-9672

            I grew up on Carvel cakes too but I'd go to Meletharb's first, absolutely. It's very convenient to 128 and not far from 93.

          2. corduroy Nov 2, 2010 11:20 AM

            There was a Carvel store on 28 in Salem, NH and, as far as I know, it hasn't closed. I like Mad Maggie's cakes in North Andover as well. They do custom orders with a few days' notice.

            1. mjg0725 Nov 2, 2010 10:03 AM

              Live in Chelmsford, never been to Gary's. I cannot imagine it would be bad, but I'd never go anywhere other than Kimballs for ice Cream.

              We used to frequent Bedford Farms, and that would be a great option for you as well. Never got one of their cakes, but their Ice Cream Pies were excellent! Their Ice Cream is from Richardsons.


              Bedford Farms
              18 North Rd Ste 1, Bedford, MA 01730

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              1. re: mjg0725
                justbeingpolite Nov 2, 2010 03:19 PM

                Actually, I think they make most of their own ice cream now, and IMO many are better than Richardson's, particularly the vanilla based flavors.

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                ChocolateMilkshake Nov 2, 2010 09:55 AM

                Most supermarkets still stock Carvel cakes. Another chain option is Coldstone Creamery.

                Both Toscanini's and JP Licks has ice cream cakes, if you order in advance

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