When the weather gets hot, there is no better way to beat the heat than with a nice cold ice cream cone (or one of Baltimore's own snowballs). Luckily, Baltimore has plenty of local creameries where you can scoop up traditional or original flavors. From chocolate to cardamom, here are some of the best places for tasty frozen treats throughout the city.
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Taharka Bros. Ice Cream is on a mission to give urban youth a chance to learn about entrepreneurship. The business employs young people in a special managerial program, meaning customers can feel good about indulging in a delicious scoop (or few) of ice cream. Even better, Taharka Bros. uses ingredients from local farms whenever possible. The shops feature a rotating selection of flavors that span the gamut from traditional to original, including honey lavender, candied fennel, salty caramel, and more. The company is now dishing out sweet treats at three namesake locations throughout Baltimore -- in Mount Vernon, Mount Washington, and Clipper Mill near Woodberry Kitchen -- as well as other restaurants and delis that carry their products.
1405 Forge Ave.; 410-433-6800
3515 Clipper Mill Rd.; 410-889-1885
7 W. Preston St.; 410-685-5752
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After a few spoonfuls at this Fells Point gelato joint you'll understand why there is often a line stretching out the door. Pitango serves authentic Italian gelato prepared with fresh ingredients, including milk that they follow from the cow to the consumer, and no artificial colorings, flavorings, extracts, or chemicals. Beyond the ordinary vanilla and chocolate, rotating flavors include pistachio, hazelnut, espresso, bourbon vanilla, and more. Pitango also serves up a great cup of coffee or espresso (or gelato covered in espresso) for a true Italian experience.
802 S. Broadway; 410-246-0741
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Technically it's out in the county, but this creamery is worth the trip. The Prigel family, who has owned a dairy farm in Long Green Valley for more than 100 years, uses organic milk to create delicious ice cream, milkshakes, and ice-cream sandwiches. Original flavors include sweet cream, black cherry, pumpkin, s'more, apple strudel, and more. Patrons are encouraged to enjoy their ice cream in the great outdoors by spreading one of the provided blankets out on the creamery's front lawn. A trip to this ice cream parlor makes a great activity for the whole family.
4851 Long Green Rd., Glen Arm; 410-510-7488
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This Federal Hill frozen yogurt shop is a great place to round out the perfect night out. The self-serve establishment features a rotating selection of eight types of frozen yogurt -- including flavors such as red velvet and cookies and cream -- and a large selection of toppings ranging from sprinkles to fresh fruit. The cafe is known for its bright, welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff. There is also a selection of bakery items and Afters serves Illy coffee.
1001 S Charles St.; 410-244-0909