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11 Little-Known Ice Cream Brands You Need to Try This Summer

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Courtesy of Helados la Neta

Helados la Neta

Take a trip to Mexico via a bowl of ice cream. Helados la Neta (la neta means the real deal) makes ice cream inspired by authentic flavors. According to brand manager Ivonne Neri, a few scoops will “make you feel Mexico in your veins and in your tastebuds.”

Try Chocolate con Canela, a mix of chocolate and spicy cinnamon, Horchata (an even creamier take on the classic Mexican drink), Crema de Coco—a sweet take on this favorite with real coconut flakes swirled throughout.

Available online via the Helados la Neta website and at Walmart, HEB, Kroger and Safeway stores.

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Coolhaus Awesome Ice Creamvia cool.haus.com

Coolhaus Awesome Ice Cream

This California-based brand is making waves with their exotic pints and ice cream sammies. A certified women-owned business, Coolhaus is inspired by both sweet and savory flavors. Sink your spoon into Milkshake & Fries or Take the Cannoli.

Can’t get enough? Check out the recipes in the Coolhaus Ice Cream Book.

Available at scoop shops, select grocery stores or online.

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Beckon Ice Creamvia beckonicecream.com

Beckon Ice Cream


Want to savor a scoop without a stomachache? Beckon Ice Cream creates real, dairy-based frozen treats—without any lactose! This ice cream is the real deal. And you won’t find gums, artificial stabilizers, artificial sweeteners or corn syrups on the label, either. Dish up your dessert like a pro with this heavy-duty ice cream scoop.

 Available at select grocery stores.

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My/Mo Mochi Ice Creamvia mymomochi.com

My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream


Flavorful mochi from the freezer aisle? Yes, please! My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream makes it easy to enjoy your favorite Japanese treat at home. Pick up a pack of traditional mochi balls in flavors like S’mores and Green Tea. Plus, they even have a few non-dairy options!

Available at select grocery stores or on Amazon.

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Purple Door Ice Creamvia purpledooricecream.com

Purple Door Ice Cream


Milwaukee, Wisconsin natives are familiar with Purple Door and its eclectic flavors. You’ll find all of the classics, plus some pretty unusual combos, like Lemon Cardamom and Brandy Old Fashioned.

Available at select grocery stores, scoop shops or online.

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Salt & Straw June Camping Series via saltandstraw.com

Salt & Straw


With locations all across the West Coast, Salt & Straw is known for their exotic flavors. If you’re feeling bold, try a bite of Honey Lavender or Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper. Craving something a little more familiar? Chocolate Gooey Brownie and Cinnamon Snickerdoodle have your back. No matter what flavor you find, your taste buds will thank you.

Make your fave flavor at home with the Salt & Straw cookbook.

Available at scoop shops or online.

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Brothers Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwichesvia brothersdesserts.com

Brothers Ice Cream


When you were a kid, was there anything better than an ice cream sandwich after a summer day spent outdoors? Brothers Ice Cream captures that sweet nostalgia in their line of sandwiches, bonbons, fruit bars and more. These homemade ice cream recipes will keep you cool all summer long.

Available at Walmart or online

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McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams DAIRY-FREE EUREKA LEMON & MARIONBERRIESvia mcconnells.com

McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams


Keep it simple with a pint of McConnell’s. This old-fashioned dairy makes all of its flavors from scratch. You’ll find classics (hello, Mint Chip), as well as unique combos, like Eureka Lemon & Marionberries. They even have a few non-dairy flavors.

Available at scoop shops, select grocery stores or online.

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FULL MOON VANILLA night foodvia buynightfood.com

Nightfood


If you need a sweet snack before hitting the hay, reach for a pint of Nightfood. This low-calorie “nighttime” ice cream is formulated with sleep in mind. That means you’ll find fewer sleep-disrupting ingredients on the label—like sugar and fat—and more good-for-you minerals, enzymes and amino acids. Learn more about this tasty treat here.

Available at select grocery stores or online.

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BLACK RASPBERRY CHOCOLATE CHIPvia graeters.com

Graeter’s Ice Cream


Midwesterners love Graeter’s Ice Cream—and for good reason. The Ohio-based creamery is known for its enormous chocolate chunks and creative flavors, like Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip. Every pint of Graeter’s is mixed in a French Pot Freezer, then hand-packed.

Available at select grocery stores or online.

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Ample Hills Creamery The Disney Mickey Mouse Collectionvia amplehills.com

Ample Hills Creamery


For the most creative flavors (and flavor names!), check out Ample Hills Creamery. This scoop shop has locations in four states but ships nationwide. We’re looking forward to taking a bite of I Contain Breakfast Foods, Ooey Gooey Butter Cake and Nonna D’s Oatmeal Lace.

Available at Ample Hills scoop shops or online.

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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