One sign of winter coming is all of the ice cream places closing, right? Wrong. Just because there’s snow on the ground, there are still places you can get ice cream in the Capital Region.
There’s something about colder weather that makes us crave ice cream. The only problem is, it’s not as easy to get as it is in the warmer months. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, though! I asked on Facebook where you can still get ice cream during the winter and you delivered with options!
- Stewarts (the most common answer)- yes, thankfully some of the best ice cream in the area doesn’t shut down at all during the year and is available not only by cone but in quart and pint too!
- Ben & Jerry’s – not technically local but there is a location in Albany and in Saratoga and I’m not mad about the delicious year-round ice cream you can get thanks to our Vermont neighbors
- Coldstone Creamery – another national chain that you can get in Stuyvesant Plaza. If you’re really looking for the cold while it’s cold out, can you get any chillier than a frozen slab?
- Dairy Circus in Scotia – the best part about this ice cream is that they have food too! Warm yourself up with some chili and then cool down again with ice cream
- Dairy Queen in Ghent (there’s also a DQ on Central Ave in Colonie) – a ton of options for your ice cream + food!
- Bubbles in Mechanicville – a staple of Mechanicville, I hear their ice cream is some of the best in the area and with the diner-style food, you can’t go wrong with a stop there. Love a good local, family-owned business!
- Emack & Bolio’s – okay, I have to admit this is at the top of my Capital Region bucket list. I’ve never been but have only heard great things. SO happy to hear that it’s not closed for the season!
- King Brothers Dairy in Schuylerville – I’ve been told that not only is their ice cream delicious but you need to have some of the chocolate milk too!
- Battenkill Valley Creamery – speaking of chocolate milk, this is some of my favorite. I’ve never had their ice cream before but if it’s as good as their milk (which, it has to be, right?) this is a must-stop for winter ice cream!