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We all scream for ice cream

March 15, 2013

Small-batch ice cream from Ohio’s Queen of Dairy

When I was a kid, I played on a little league baseball team. I use the term “played” loosely because I wasn’t very good (cue Right Field). Neither were my teammates: Our batting average collectively was so low that we often had to use a tee to get through the game. But the fact that we were suburban New Jersey’s equivalent of the Bad News Bears didn’t matter. Because what was really important came after. Win or lose, we went to Van Dyke’s for ice cream—real, homemade ice cream. Back then, I was strictly a vanilla girl. That classic is still a favorite, but my tastes have evolved and I’m equally enthused about mint chocolate chip, peanut butter and salted caramel. Here, some of my favorite ice cream purveyors. Fair warning: This stuff is so good, you’ll want to eat the entire pint.