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Which ice cream stands don't make their own?

maxevan Jul 19, 2013 06:23 AM

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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    collie Jul 20, 2013 01:12 PM

    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
      Ruprecht Jul 22, 2013 05:31 AM

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

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      grant.cook Jul 19, 2013 12:03 PM

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

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        hargau Jul 19, 2013 09:59 AM

        Cabots sells Richardsons

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          sallyt Jul 19, 2013 05:23 PM

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

          1. re: hargau
            tweetie Jul 20, 2013 07:45 AM

            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
              hargau Jul 20, 2013 01:21 PM

              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
                tweetie Jul 20, 2013 04:58 PM

                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
                  hargau Jul 20, 2013 05:55 PM

                  What flavor did you have?

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                    Scruffy The Cat Jul 21, 2013 09:45 PM

                    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.)

                2. re: tweetie
                  Jenny Ondioline Jul 21, 2013 09:59 PM

                  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. Johnresa Jul 19, 2013 09:15 AM

                Spadafora in Medford sells Richardson's

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                  libertywharf Jul 19, 2013 07:20 AM

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

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                    lc02139 Jul 19, 2013 07:11 AM

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


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                      jkap Jul 19, 2013 07:03 AM

                      Jays on Center St in Malden has Richardsons ice cream

                      1. pinehurst Jul 19, 2013 06:29 AM

                        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
                          maxevan Jul 19, 2013 06:41 AM

                          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
                            justbeingpolite Jul 19, 2013 07:14 AM

                            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!"

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