Here's Where To Get The Best Ice Cream In North Carolina

By Sarah Tate

August 12, 2021

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During the summer, ice cream is the perfect choice to overcome the heat and, fortunately, there's plenty of great places around North Carolina that serve up the cold, sweet treat.

To help narrow down the search for your next cup or cone, Food & Wine compiled a list of the best ice cream in each state. To qualify, each shop had to be in "uninterrupted production" for at least one or two years.

"Even with this kind of guidance in place, the decisions in some places ended up being almost too difficult. Hopefully this list, which didn't necessarily favor old or new, but rather asked the question, fifty times, what feels the most essential, depicts as well as it can, the diversity and depth of our national ice cream culture."

So which spot serves up the best ice cream in the state?

Two Roosters Ice Cream

Two Roosters began as a mobile ice cream operation in 2014 but has since grown to two shops in Raleigh and a stall at the minor league ballpark in Durham. But don't worry, their food truck is still making its rounds across the Triangle, perfect for any festivals or events.

Here's what Food & Wine had to say about North Carolina's best ice cream:

"[Owner Jared Plummer's] innovative collaborations are of special note -- the current Local Musicians Series spotlights local artists by enlisting them to create their own (often quite unique) flavor. Not that there's anything boring about the everyday flavors. Year-round, look for the memorable Roasted Strawberry and Honey, made with North Carolina berries and local honey."

Check out the full list here to find the best ice cream in each state.

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