Simply the best! Was your favorite place named?

There are many great places to enjoy ice cream in the Hudson Valley and across New York State. There are countless amazing independently owned ice cream shops.

As a child, I fondly remember going to Dairy Island after a City of Newburgh Little League baseball game. Which just reopened under a new name, Newburgh Dairy And Grill.

As an adult, no Sunday night was complete without a stop at Mary Jane's.

Other great ice cream places in Mid-Hudson Valley include Holy Cow, Village Creamery, Weirs, Cherry Top, Ben's Fresh, Joe's Dairy Bar and Grill, and Bellvale Farms Creamery, to name few.

Plus of course places like Stewarts Shops and Friendly's.

The travel blog Cheapism recently named the best ice cream shops for soft-serve ice cream.

Front View of Milky White Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream Cone with Blurred Dark Brown Stone Blocks Wall in Background
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"Cheapism scoured reviews and rankings from ice cream-craving customers and in-the-know food writers across the U.S., and we're calling out some of the best places that do soft serve right," the website states.

Four places from New York State were named in the Best Soft Serve Ice Cream Shops in America blog post.

Kurver Kreme Albany, New York


Kurver Kreme located in Albany, New York was named as one of the best places in America for soft soft.

"Vanilla and chocolate are always on the menu, along with a flavor of the week. But the sweetest treat is the iconic Cookiewich, made with your favorite soft serve — like chocolate, vanilla, or orange sherbet — sandwiched between two huge chocolate chip cookies," Cheapism states about Kurver Kreme.

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Kurver Kreme opened up in 1952. It's one of the oldest ice cream stands in the region and proudly boasts about its soft serve on its website.


"Welcome to the original Kurver Kreme. Where we have the best soft serve ice cream you've ever had," the ice cream shop states on its website. "We start with only the freshest ingredients and built it just the way you like."

Big Gay Ice Cream, New York City

Big Gay Ice Cream in New York City also made the list. The company operates three locations in the Big Apple.

There are many "offbeat" soft serve flavors that keep "keep the lines running out the door regularly."


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The Dorothy, which is a vanilla ice cream cone injected with dulce de leche, then rolled in ground Nilla wafer cookies, is the company's "golden girl," according to the company's website.

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