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Which ice cream stands don't make their own?

Does anyone out there know which ice cream stands use Richardson's or another ice cream and do not make their own?
I know some stands say "homemade style" ice cream... I take that to mean they do not make their own and use someone else's.
I searched and couldn't find anything.

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  1. It's more something that you would see displayed when you go to the stand itself.

    I made my twice-yearly treat trek to Leavitts Ice Cream in Atkinson, NH and noticed the sign "Proudly serving Richardson's Ice Cream and Richie's Slush" over the service counter.

    Other stands, like Benson's in Boxford, make their own.

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    1. re: pinehurst

      I guess I'd like to know who is not making their own.

      Bedford Farms says "Homemade Style".

      Do they make their own or use someone else's?

      I know the obvious ones that make their own: Rancs, Toscanini's, Richardson's, Benson's(mmmmm....seasonal fruits), Kimball's, Erickson's, etc....

      1. re: maxevan

        Bedford Farms used to use Richardson's, but now make almost all of their own, though I think they may use Richardson's base for many of their flavors. I think the vanilla they end up with is one of the best around.
        On the website it does say "homemade style", not sure what that means, except that it's not made in a home, 'cause it also says:
        "2008 - Bedford Farms Ice Cream expanded its ice cream production into a new location behind our main Bedford stand at 18 North Rd. (located next to Callahan's Karate Studio). It is here where a lot of our homemade flavors are created and churned up for all the Bedford Farms fanatics!"

    2. Jays on Center St in Malden has Richardsons ice cream

      1. Not a stand but a shop behind the capital theater in Arlington servers richardson's ice cream


        1. I mentioned Flint Farm in Mansfield a while back and someone said they used Richardson's.

          1. Spadafora in Medford sells Richardson's

              1. re: hargau

                REALLY? It never tasted that good to me, and I love Richardson's. Huh.

                1. re: hargau

                  I politely disagree. Just went to Cabots for the first time and was so disappointed! Yes, cute, old timey feel and oodles of combinations of sauces, toppings and fun concoction names but most assuredly not Richardsons. Mass market, Restaurant depot quality at best.

                  1. re: tweetie

                    Last time i was there which was about a year ago, i parked in the back by the dumpster and the dumpster was full of empty Richardsons containers. If you google "cabots richardsons ice cream" you will get many results... They have frozen yogurt they mix on site with a special machine and various bases,mix-ins which i would guess is something else. (didnt think they were that good)

                    They have "Maine Black Bear" which is only made by Richardsons and Giffords. Giffords sued them over it but apparently Richardsons is still allowed to use that name.

                    1. re: hargau

                      who am I to argue with trash? Something definitely gets lost in the translation and I would bet that only a handful of flavors are purchased from Richardson's. What I had most certainly wasn't. If I were ever to go back I'd do some back alley sleuthing but I have no intention of ever wasting calories there again!

                        1. re: tweetie

                          They have always said they serve Richardson's but I have never found the ice cream at Cabots all that special. It tastes pretty mass-market. That being said, I'm so fond of Cabot's just for who they are, it doesn't bother me. (And their belgian waffle is still very, very good.)

                      1. re: tweetie

                        Sorry, but I've sat at the counter at Cabot's and watched them reload the cartons. Richardson's, every last one of them. You are incorrect.

                    2. I think Chilly Cow in Arlington and Ice Cream Machine in Cumberland, RI both do their own.

                      1. Well I can report on who makes their own ice cream,
                        Richardsons :Middleton
                        Bensons: Boxford
                        Down River and White Farms in Ipswich
                        Shaw farm :Dracut
                        Mad Maggies: North Andover

                        Went recently to Great Brook farm in Carlisle , many of there flavors were the same as Bliss Brothers. Keep in mind many ice cream shop buy a base them add the fillings. More like semi-hommade but still fresh.

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                        1. re: collie

                          Coney Island in West Newton makes their own, according to the owner.