Cream, sugar and eggs are the three ingredients it takes to make one of Philadelphia’s most popular (and delicious) desserts. But what makes some recipes stand out from the rest? Ingredients like matcha, cardamom and honeysuckle come to mind, all being scooped up at these five Philly favorites.
Weckerly’s serves fresh and seasonal flavors like honeysuckle.
In 2016, husband-and-wife team Jen and Andy Satinsky opened their first microcreamery in Fishtown. Priding itself on French-style ice cream, homemade cones and signature ice cream sandwiches, the shop churns some of the most intriguing seasonal flavors in town. Be sure to stop in for new spring flavors like honeysuckle or strawberry lovage layered between lemon shortbread cookies. 9 W. Girard Ave., 215.423.2000, weckerlys.com
Ice Cream “Roll up, roll out and roll together” is New York-based 10Below Ice Cream’s motto when it comes to rolled ice cream. The Thai-inspired dessert—made-to-order by pouring milk on an ice grill and then chopping and smoothing the ice cream into the shape of a crepe—can be mixed with a ton of delectable toppings like honey and Himalayan salt. This is the company’s first venture outside of the original location in New York. 42 S. 17th St., 267.317.8838, 10belowicecream.com
The Franklin Fountain
Ask a local for the best ice cream in Philly, and chances are they’ll say The Franklin Fountain. It’s not just the flavors—rich caramelized banana and classic mint chocolate chip are favorites along with seasonal tastes—it’s also the vintage cash registers, bow-tied staff and old-school candies that make this Old City spot feel like a soda shop in 1916. 116 Market St., 215.627.1899, franklinfountain.com
Little Baby’s Ice Cream
The ice cream shop that began with a custom-built tricycle in 2011 found permanent parking in Fishtown and Cedar Park. In 2018, plan to see two new locations at the University of Pennsylvania campus and within the soon-to-open East Market Tower. Expect creative flavors like mint julep, cherry hibiscus and vanilla cardamom cream—all of which can be sandwiched between homemade cookies. 2311 Frankford Ave., 267.687.8567, littlebabysicecream.com
Enjoy made-to-order ice cream and frozen yogurt at this Philly startup. Inspired by Thai-rolled ice cream, the Center City concept combines American showmanship (the staff adds a little theater to the ice-cream-making process) with healthy add-ins and toppings. The recent addition of Liege-style Belgian waffles invites guests to enjoy any flavor of ice cream over the chewy pastry. 1921 Walnut St., 267.841.7655, sweetcharlies.com