We LOVE ice cream (and are highly suspicious of anyone who doesn’t).  These are some of the best/unusual/unique places we’ve found in Philly:

Best Ice Cream Sandwiches #1: Home-made macarons and home-made ice cream make tracking down the Sugar Philly truck on the Penn Campus or traveling to Manyunk a win/win. Raspberry/Vanilla and the oh-so-yummy Ginger/Pear. http://www.sugarphillytruck.com/

Best Ice Cream Sandwiches #2: So much thought goes into the pairing of the sandwich flavors and the ice cream flavors at Philly-based Weckerly’s, which always perfectly complement each other.  Locally sourced and organic. Cranberry-Ginger/Vanilla on Gingerbread, Rosemary/Mint on Dark Chocolate, Chocolate/Vanilla on Chocolate Chip, and Sweet Cream with Peach butter on Crunchy Cobbler Cookies. https://www.weckerlys.com/

Weirdest Flavors: You never know what you’ll come across at Philly-based Little Baby’s.  Pickle? Pizza? Spicy Mustard? Plus, interesting, but less weird flavors, such as Smoked Cinnamon. Regular, soft serve and always a vegan flavor or two.  They are happy to provide samples, so you can try the odd flavors without the commitment of a whole serving. Shown here is a Sriracha/Earl Grey.  http://www.littlebabysicecream.com/8425Best Asian Flavors/Soft-Serve: A rotating selection of flavors, including lychee, matcha, sesame and other Asian flavors.  THE place in Philly to try charcoal (just don’t plan on selfies after – unless you bring a toothbrush).** double check before visiting. The shop is closed for the winter 2018/9, but supposed to re-open in March. https://www.kuriimiisoftserve.com/Kriimii Ice Cream PhiladelphiaBest Mango: The best place for mango everything, including mango ice cream – especially tasty with black rice and snow-white cream. https://www.yelp.com/biz/mango-mango-dessert-philadelphia-2

Best Waffle/Rolled Ice-Cream Combo: Rolled ice-cream with Hong Kong waffles and unlimited toppings make this our favorite rolled ice-cream spot in Chinatown. A bit pricey, but easily sharable between 2 people.  We were kind of boring, with our vanilla/chocolate creation, but they have plenty of more exotic flavors and toppings. https://www.yelp.com/biz/teassert-bar-philadelphiaTeassert Bar PhiladelphiaGelato: We lost our beloved Cappogiro last year, but this Italian Cafe/Restaurant fills the void with their super delicious and creamy gelato. They also serve Tobey’s favorite dessert (affogato – your choice of gelato and a shot of espresso).  If you are very adventurous, you can try one of their savory gelatos, such as spagetti carbonara topped with Italian bacon gelato. This is the home of our favorite cappuccino in the city. https://grancaffelaquila.com/Gelato Gran Caffe PhiladelphiaGelato Gran Caffe Philadelphia

Trendy Soft-serve: In addition to the deliciously creamy soft serve ice-cream, Big Gay prides itself on the unusual extras -injecting the ice cream with dulce de leche, rolling the cone in Doritos, smearing the inside of the cone with Nutella, adding Sriracha…  https://biggayicecream.com/

Old-school Soda Fountain/Milkshakes & Customizable Ice-cream Bars: Our favorite milkshakes in the city. It’s almost impossible to choose between the ginger (my favorite flavor and difficult to find) and the honey – made with bits of honey candy from Philly bees (from their sister shop Shane’s Confectionary). You can also get old-school ice-cream sodas, sundaes, and regular soda made fresh with one of their huge variety of house-made syrups. They also sell their ice cream at their recently opened a shop next door, selling customizable ice-cream bars (keystone shaped – Pennsylvania is known as the “keystone state” because of it’s central location and importance in the 13 colonies)- you choose dark or milk chocolate dip and 3 add-ons including cookies, nuts, dried fruit, caramel drizzle… http://www.franklinfountain.com/

Popsicles: There’s nothing like a popsicle on a summer day. They always have a large selection of fun flavors (both dairy and non-dairy), including this blueberry lemon-aid and Mexican hot chocolate. http://www.lilpopshop.com/

Mexican: This shop in the Italian market is the perfect stop after a meal in one of the nearby Mexican restaurants. They have a huge selection of flavors, including all the tradition ones, plus avocado and corn. This is also the place to try a chamoyada (Philly Desserts – Chamoyada (Paletas Y Helados Bambino))Mexican South Philly

Right across the street is La Guerrerense.  In addition to serving chamoyadas and ice cream, they also serve house-made paletas (Mexican popsicles).  With chunks of fruit and interesting flavors (regular flavors, also), this is the best $2 deal in the Italian Market (pictured: rice and mango/spicy chili flavors). https://www.facebook.com/La-Guerrerense-Philly-1550906861618247/Paletas La Guerrerense PhiladelphiaVegan: Should it count on this list if there’s no dairy? Not sure, but you’d never know by tasting one of these tehini shakes.  The tehina gives them a slightly nutty taste, but they are super creamy. This is Mint-chocolate chip.  http://www.goldiefalafel.com/Goldie's Tehini Milkshake

 I guess if we include popsicles and tahini shakes, we should also include water ice (a.k.a. Italian ice). The best is at John’s near the Italian market: Philly Desserts: Classic Water Ice a.k.a. Italian Ice (John’s)John's Water Ice Philadelphia