A few weeks ago, some of the girls in the office were craving fro-yo and invited me along. I think I may have had frozen yogurt in my past but it didn’t leave enough of an impression for me to actually be sure. However, they were raving about it and I’m game for trying almost anything and then of course, talking about it. After the hilarious adventure of “tasting” the flavors of the day (some of the fro-yo did make it into the miniscule little paper cups, more on our hands; all gloriously delicious) we made our picks and this week’s topic was hatched. In the name of research, my daughter and I set out to check out all of my friends’ recommendations and this week I’m sharing eight of our favorites that we think are must-go spots this month. And full disclosure: we tried our share of chain ice cream and frozen yogurt shops but we like to talk about the uniquely regional spots. In no particular order, here’s what we loved:
Aunt B’s Yogurt Bar
325 NY Route 100, Somers, auntbyogurtbar.com
This is the site of our first fro-yo visit, in the Somerstown Shopping Center. A great little shop, lots of flavors and crazy and healthy toppings. Very friendly staff and a wide array of tasty standard and creative choices. Flavors like banana and strawberry tasted like creamy, fresh fruit.
Ferris Acres Creamery
144 Sugar St., Newtown, Conn., ferrisacrescreamery.com
This is probably the best “destination” of all of our faves. A family-owned Dairy Farm of Distinction since 1864 that only began serving homemade ice cream since 2003. A visit to Ferris Acres is a true treat; their ice cream is delicious and while enjoying it you can watch the resident cows graze, learn what its like to be a working Connecticut farm and enjoy signature flavors including our hands-down favorite, “Bad Attitude”.
The Blue Walrus
351 Manville Road, Pleasantville,bluewalrusfroyo.com
The Blue Walrus, located in the heart of Pleasantville across from the Jacob Burns Theater, is a frozen yogurt shop with a unique sense of humor. Each flavor station has a funny quote handwritten above it. They have a large selection of fun flavors and toppings and the most delicious sugar-free chocolate and vanilla that we had ever had.
Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe
381 Main St., Ridgefield, Conn., deborahanns.com
And we thought Deborah Ann’s was known for their homemade chocolates! In addition to the adorable gift and candy shop, there is an ice cream shop on one side of this charming Ridgefield institution that bills itself as a “chocolate fantasy store.” True to form, in addition to many great tasting flavors there are several chocolate variations which made it hard to narrow down! We went with the soft serve chocolate milk shake and it didn’t disappoint.
Scoops n’ More
88 Gleneida Ave., Carmel
A Carmel landmark that is serving up treats to a local sports team nearly any time, day or night, Scoops n’ More is known for great flavors, legendary shakes and, believe it or not, great cheeseburgers and fries. Old fashioned and classic, there is an extensive soft serve and hard ice cream menu. Bring your appetite; portions are large.
424 Main St., Ridgefield, Conn., johnnygelato.com
Although we haven’t forgiven Johnny Gelato for leaving Kent, we can’t resist going back when in Ridgefield. The creative flavors and texture take one right back to Italy. You might not think you’re in the mood for gelato but if you happen upon Johnny Gelato’s Instagram page, I guarantee you will be. Personally, I eagerly await their pumpkin flavor in the fall; it tastes like a cool, creamy pumpkin pie.
The Hudson Creamery
55 Hudson St., Peekskill, thehudsoncreamery.com
I’ve made no secret that I love Peekskill and its vibrant restaurant and arts scene. This includes The Hudson Creamery and its old-fashioned ice cream parlor vibe. Lots of homemade creativity, paint parties, birthday parties, and signature sundaes named after local haunts and sweet treats with a charitable mission. This family who owns this neighborhood ice cream shop founded the Wonder Twins Fund, which donates blankets, clothing and supplies to the children, families and staff of the NICU at The Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla as a result of their own personal experience.
The Blue Pig
121 Maple St., Croton on Hudson, thebluepig.squarespace.com
With a focus on organic, vegan and farm-to-table, the Blue Pig serves fresh food selections, homemade ice cream and sorbet and delightful and often piquant flavor combinations. There are some staple flavors but the others change daily so it is worth a call or a check in on their social media feeds to find out what they are serving. We love their traditional vanilla and rich chocolate but enjoyed venturing out of our comfort zone for apple cider sorbet and lemon blueberry ice cream.