America’s Most Popular Ice Cream Brands, Ranked

Smitten, founded by Robyn Sue Fisher, uses a liquid-nitrogen-powered machine to create smooth, freezer-burn-free ice cream; available in four Bay Area locations, with local delivery and nationwide shipping.


Gelato Fiasco, founded by Joshua Davis and Bruno Tropeano, offers pints in New England and beyond, with flavors like Mint Brookie and Sunken Treasure; its stores in Brunswick and Portland have daily rotating varieties.

Gelato Fiasco

Gifford's, based in Maine, offers high-quality ice cream with local pride, featuring flavors like Dough Your Job and Fly Fishing Fudge; its simple, delightful recipes trace back to the 19th century.


Whitey's, founded in 1933 in the Quad Cities, innovates with flavors like Mississippi Mud Revel and Sgt. Camo, which supports veterans; its ice cream is available in stores and ships nationwide.


Graeter's, a Cincinnati-based company since 1870, uses the French Pot process for rich, creamy ice cream with 32 flavors available; notable options include Boldly Bearcat, Buckeye Blitz, and Midnight Snack.


Sassy Cow Creamery in Wisconsin, founded in 2008, produces 70 flavors from its 850 cows, emphasizing respectful animal treatment and quality ice cream; it's a must-visit for great prices and calf-petting opportunities.

Sassy Cow Creamery

Hood ice cream, a 170-year-old Northeast staple, innovates with its New England Creamery flavors and lighter Red Sox starting lineup, offering satisfying, delicious options with a higher cream-to-milk ratio.