10 Best Ice Cream Chains in America


You can find vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream at your local Baskin-Robbins shop, but this popular ice cream chain has so much more to offer. 

Salt & Straw

Salt & Straw may not be as big as some of the older, more established chains on this list. but it is undoubtedly one of the most daring.


There are a lot of great ice cream shops and chains in the United States, but few have as long and interesting a past as Carvel.

Van Leeuwen

Van Leeuwen's artisanal ice cream, which began as a New York City ice cream truck in 2008, is unlike the mass-produced frozen sweets you remember from childhood.

Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen is officially a quick-service restaurant chain because it serves burgers and fries, but any true fan of this chain knows that the ice cream is the real star. 

Ben & Jerry's

If Dairy Queen is the place to go for soft-serve, then Ben & Jerry's is the place to go for rich, tasty hard ice cream.


You won't find any ultra-crazy flavors at one of the more than 200 Häagen-Dazs stores across the United States. 

Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone Creamery stands out in a sea of really great American ice cream chains because it's half about the frozen treat and half about the fun experience.


Customers are always praising Culver's for its popular ButterBurgers and fries, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that they also say the brand's ice cream is great.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni Britton, who won a James Beard Award for making ice cream, set out more than 20 years ago to make the classic frozen treat better, and she may have done so. 

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