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This isn't a bad list, but . . . 

-- Although I really like Trickling Springs, and its gallon-size is excellent value, I don't think it's in the same league as Jubilee and Jeni's.

-- Assuming they qualify, York Castle (Rockville) and Dairy Godmother (Del Ray) should be near the top of the list.

-- Most importantly, Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream should be at the top (or 2 Amys, if restaurant ice cream is included), but perhaps it opened too late to be eligible.

 

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Dolci as #1?!  Does anyone here agree?  My only experience with them is buying a pint from Whole Foods once and wondering WTF they were thinking when they decided to stock it.  

ITA re 2Amys.  I’m not a vanilla fan, but I love theirs (served with the almond cake with cherries).

Hmm — now would be a perfect time to make the custard for gelato later tonight....

 

 

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I would add Brewster’s to the list.  I know the location in Annapolis never disappoints and that there are several in DMV area.  Each individually owned and make their own ice cream.

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I really like the ice cream at Munch in The Block in Annandale. Yeah, they specialize in "Instagram" ice cream (ash cones, etc.) but the ice cream is really good and has unique flavors. Blueberry Earl Grey is probably my favorite.

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Can't imagine ten better cones than the last one (mango ice cream) I had at Tropical Ice Cream in Silver Spring.  

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The oversight I find most outrageous is Dolci Gelato so high but not mentioning Casa Rosada, which is way better (at least compared to the Old Town Dolci location), in our opinion.

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4 minutes ago, DaRiv18 said:

Sad news. Trickling Springs, my favorite local ice cream is shutting down. Link

A shame. I loved their ice cream.

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1 hour ago, DaRiv18 said:

Sad news. Trickling Springs, my favorite local ice cream is shutting down. Link

That's devastating.  Their $10 gallon of Grape Nut flavor is one of my favorite vices.

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We’ve been enjoying Sarah’s Handmade on a way-too-regular basis.  It’s on River Road in Bethesda (same shopping center as Whole Foods and Georgetown Bagelry).  Housemade waffle cones (in 2 sizes — one of which is small) are a treat.  Lots of flavors, though I gravitate to the simpler ones (strawberry; blueberry swirl) here.

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Trickling Springs Creamery (Pat)

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Quality is subjective. Here is some background info that might be informative.

I don’t know of any independent ice cream stores in the area who produce their base. It’s either coming from a distributor, SMC or formerly TS. Of those 3 TS had the highest quality milk. 

Restaurant ice cream is usually very high quality because it’s made with good ingredients without extraneous functional additives and with a focus on taste.

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Great Falls Creamery has been around for some time and according to their website:

Our ice cream starts with all-natural ingredients, and cream from the Maryland Milk Cooperative. It’s made with cane sugar and no artificial flavors or stabilizers.

They also reference they serve ~100 restaurants in the DC/NoVa/MD area.

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Toby's Homemade Ice Cream & Coffee (DonRocks)

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Pardon, by restaurants I meant independent chef driven places with a pastry chef(2 Amy’s). I’d be amazed if The Rusty Scupper or Lebanese Taverna was making their own ice cream :)

The milk cooperative produces 100k gallons of milk daily. The brand is Maola. Different beast than TS.

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On 9/26/2019 at 6:55 PM, DaRiv18 said:

Sad news. Trickling Springs, my favorite local ice cream is shutting down. Link

Providing financial data for loans is pretty basic stuff. I assume either nobody knew what they were doing and were oblivious to requirements, or they knew exactly what they were or were not doing. Or, of course, they got and followed really, really bad advice.

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Stocked up on three or fours tubs of TS, but it's been such the staple of what we could good local ice cream hard to consider what should come next.

From the thread so far, looks like Sarah's Handmade is the unknown quantity for us, will have to try it soon.

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11 hours ago, lion said:

From the thread so far, looks like Sarah's Handmade is the unknown quantity for us, will have to try it soon.

I need to try that too. But the South Mountain stuff is really good, as is Mount Deseret.

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My kids love Sugar Fox ice cream and I REALLY want to love it, but it doesn’t have the depth of flavor of other ice creams. I guess it is Dolcezza for me, although it won’t be the same. 

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