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On a warm summer day, nothing’s more enticing than a creamy scoop of America’s most delectable frozen treat. Whether they are artisan creations or from a homemade batch, these tantalizing swirls delight sweet-toothed enthusiasts of all ages. And as the warm air wafts through our windows, we can almost taste the melted deliciousness dripping from a sugary waffle cone…

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That brings us to another subject. Few topics are as controversial among dessert-lovers as ice cream. Taking parlor reputation, flavor diversity, and online reviews into consideration, U.S. News Travel has compiled a list of America’s best ice cream spots to indulge in this summertime delight.

10. Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain(Photo: Michael Turkel/Brooklyn Pharmacy & Soda Fountain) Brooklyn, N.Y. Favorite Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip (Cost: $3.75)

Run by Peter Freeman and Gia Giasullo, Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain adds an inventive twist to classic flavors with ingredients like toffee and maple egg cream. Inside the Farmacy (or “The Farm” for those in the know), you’ll find an eclectic mix of creamy malts, floats, shakes, and egg creams. Standouts include the “Rocket Shake” (a milkshake laced with fresh coffee and scoops of coffee ice cream) and the “Flatbush Ave. Float” (a blend of your choice of ice cream layered with chocolate or vanilla egg cream).

Should you prefer a decadent sundae rather than a float, try the “Sundae of Broken Dreams.” This frosted dessert (vanilla ice cream drizzled with caramel sauce, whipped cream, and crispy pretzels) keeps customers smiling.

(Photo: Couresy of Roots Ice Cream)9. Roots Ice Cream Charleston, S.C. Favorite Flavor: Beet (Cost: $3)

As its name suggests, Roots Ice Cream is all about showcasing Charleston flavors by sourcing fresh ingredients from local farmers. And with its versatile array of seasonal specialties, including Cucumber-Mint, Bourbon-Peach, Beet, and Sweet Tea, Roots Ice Cream has become a local favorite. Although Roots has no official parlor, you can find its artisan blends at farmers markets throughout the Lowcountry, including in Marion, Kiawah Island, and Mt. Pleasant.

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