Last summer, we were on a family crusade to find and sample as many ice cream shops in the Hopkinton area as we could from June 20 to Sept. 1.
We garnered quite a list and packed on a few pounds but it was a very worthwhile adventure!
When I asked other moms about the topic, they had so many places, I can’t even quote them all!
In town, we have Brigham’s at Hopkinton Drug and The Golden Spoon, which offers an ice cream take-out window.
I could also list Dairy Queens in Westborough and Ashland, but we focused on homemade ice cream. (Not so much on soft serve!)
Here’s my roundup with the help of many. I am sure we missed a few, so please add to the list or add some other summer treasures in the comment section!
Speaking of contests ...
If you want to keep your kids reading this summer, help them create a fun Ice Cream Cone Reading Chart growing up the wall like this Hooray for Books chart.
Copy the chart and as children read or are read to, color and add a scoop to the cone.
Send me your enormous cone pictures by Aug. 31 and one lucky family will win a $25 gift card to your favorite ice cream shop!
Last year we had cones growing up walls and across ceilings! See photo!
Ice cream shops (in no particular order)
Brigham’s at Hopkinton Drug at the corner of Main and Grove streets (routes 135 and 85).
Mad Willies has GREAT ice cream!! 963 Worcester Rd. (Edgell Road & Rt. 9) in Framingham. One mom of three kids who grew up in Framingham said “Mad Willie's Ice Cream Shop is the best place in this area for frozen yogurt with mix-ins, ice cream, shakes, Italian ice, ice cream cakes, shall I go on?”
Uhlman's Ice Cream 234 E. Main St., Westborough, 508-366-2411. Kristen, a mom of two young boys, says, “I grew up in Westborough, therefore, on Uhlman's homemade ice cream. It's on Uhlman Farms, where there are usually cows roaming around (and what little kid doesn't love to see cows). The ice cream is incredibly fresh, creamy and amazing. They have some of the best flavors and I have yet to have a flavor there I didn't love. However, if you're just looking for a "normal"-sized ice cream cone, shoot for the kiddie size. The kiddie is pretty large in itself; the regular is probably bigger than my head. For the price, the portions are extremely generous.”
Golden Spoon 85 W. Main St, Hopkinton, 508-435-6922
Cold Stone Creamery, 154 Turnpike Rd., No. 120, Southborough, 508-485-1150
Tasty Treat Ice Cream and Miniature Golf, 16 W. Union St., Ashland, 508 - 881-1224
The Green Thumb in Westborough on Rte. 9 has a a play area and a train that runs along the ceiling.
Trombetta's Farm, 655 Farm Rd., Marlborough, 508-485-6429
JJ's Ice Cream 167 Milford St., Upton, 508-529-6006
Kimball Farms in Westford: Delicious ice cream and a great day of bumper boats, mini golf and fun stuff for the kids!
Bubbling Brook Restaurant, 1652 High St., Westwood, 781-762-9860
Black Cow Ice Cream, Rte. 109, Millis, 508-376-4884
Franklin Flatbread and Fresh Pond Creamery, Exit 16 off Rte. 495. Mostly organic and the pizzas are amazing.
If you need the truck to come to you for neighborhood events
Dylan and Pete's, 978-454-1141. "We've done it both ways where we pay for them to come plus pay for the ice cream and just limit the product they give out (for example only $1 items) or where they come and we guarantee a dollar amount," says Mary at Bright Horizons children's centers.
Mary Murphy is a mom of five and president of Hooray for Books. Mary is concerned she is becoming her mother by being able to list so many ice cream shops in the area! For ice cream info from the minute you hit the Cape bridges all the way to Provincetown, see Carol Murphy, Mary's mother.