We Eat A Lot of Ice Cream-Philadelphia-1st Edition

After exploring and writing about ice cream in destinations visited, it seemed about time to write about the ice cream in my home city, Philadelphia. After all, it’s where I eat ice cream the most. There are a multitude of options. I hope to cover as many as I can over time, but for the present moment, I present, We Eat A Lot of Ice Cream-Philadelphia-1st Edition.

Milk House (37 S 19th Street)

Milk House serves up delicious sundaes and shakes. I already know I will have to go back because I was struggling to pick which sundae I wanted. There were multiple peanut butter choices.

Conquering the menu from top to bottom seemed to be a good strategy, so we got the PB & J sundae .

The sundae was more than enough to share. The peanut butter and jelly toppings blended well. It tasted like elementary school lunch in ice cream form.

I know this post is about ice cream, but I need to give a shout out to my Milk House Philly Steak grilled cheese sandwich. It was tasty and made great pre-ice cream eating.

Little Baby’s Ice Cream (Fishtown-2311 Frankford Ave.)

I love Little Baby’s because they think outside of the ice cream box. They are known for their creative ice cream flavors, but don’t worry, if you aren’t down with Pizza flavored ice cream, there is always the Speculoos (chocolate cookie). They change their flavors up quite a bit, so there is always a new taste sensation to try.

Once again, because of my peanut butter addiction, I had to get the flavor that contained peanut butter. It was called Ants on the Log, and was composed of celery flavored ice cream, peanut butter, and raisins. Flavor is mind over matter. I just told my brain that celery was a perfectly acceptable flavor for ice cream. The celery ice cream was quite refreshing and the light flavor paired well with the salty peanut butter and sweet raisins. The other flavor I tried, was Cherry Hibiscus. It was like eating a summer day, lightly sweet and wistful. I highly recommend the Cherry Hibiscus for those with a less adventurous palate.

Shannon got a favorite of Little Baby’s customers, the Bourbon Bourbon Vanilla. He also got the Cherry Hibiscus.

The whole shop has a quirky feel, ice cream included, so visit Little Baby’s for a nice combination of ice cream and fun.

Ice Land (Chinatown-224 N. 10th Street)

Originally, I thought about writing an entire post on the rolled ice cream places we have tried in Philadelphia. They are popping up everywhere. Since I’ve only been 100% impressed by one so far, I decided to include it here instead.

It wasn’t just the adorable bear logo that won me to Iceland. Whatever they put in their ice cream mixture, made their flavors really pop. Some of the rolled ice cream shops incorporate toppings into the mix before the rolls are complete, while others keep their rolls to just one flavor, and put the toppings only on the top. I prefer the places that incorporate the toppings into the rolls, and then put even more yummy toppings on the top. That is what Ice Land does.

Since I couldn’t resist coffee ice cream, topped with caramel, and Kit Kats, I got the Morning Roast.

Shannon got the very instagrammable S’mores. Look at that beauty.

Whether you’re already a fan of rolled ice cream, or you’re looking to give it a try for the first time, head to Ice Land.

Weckerly’s Ice Cream 

Now for full disclosure, I am a Weckerly’s fangirl. They have a cart at The Collingswood Farmers’ Market, that I visit almost every Saturday. Shout out to Andy.

Weckerly’s also operates two ice cream shops in the city. Their newest shop is conveniently located near our favorite BBQ place, Fette Sau, and near a great concert venue, The Filmore. The shop gives me even more opportunities to indulge my Weckerly’s addiction.

Though you can get scoops at Weckerly’s, my absolute favorite thing to get is an ice cream sandwich. They have fantastic, inspired, combinations, that take advantage of fresh, local, seasonal ingredients.

I don’t consider it summer until I’ve had my first Blueberry the Pirate ice cream on cardamom grams sandwich.

Two of my recent favorite seasonal flavors were the Chocolate Covered, Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwich, and the Caramelized Banana Ice Cream between Banana Bread.

Given its proximity to dairy farms in the Pennsylvania countryside, Philadelphia is a definite ice cream enthusiast destination. Now on to the next round of ice cream shops.

If your looking for a great travel community to join, check out Weekend Wanderlust




  1. Sol Solntze

    July 7, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    It’s hot here today, so I am looking rather longingly at this post. Never heard of rolled ice cream before – how do they do that? With you on the peanut butter obsession. Clearly I need to come to Philadelphia.

  2. Corinne

    July 7, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Those ice cream sandwiches look incredible. And anywhere with a good milkshake gets my business. I have to do an ice cream crawl through Philly!

    1. obligatorytraveler@gmail.com

      July 9, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      There are so many great ice cream places in Philly. I keep finding new places that I know I’ll have to check out.

  3. Katee

    July 8, 2017 at 4:28 am

    Holy Deliciousness Batman!
    Those are definitely some “cool” places I am going to need to check out when I head back to the US. Definitely, check out the Franklin Fountain while you are in Philly. They honestly have the greatest ice cream in the world and it is such a cool building!

    1. obligatorytraveler@gmail.com

      July 9, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      I love Franklin Fountain. They have the best Peanut Butter Ripple that I’ve had so far. I’ll fit them in for sure in a future installment. Their candy shop next door has hot chocolate that keep meaning to try too.

  4. Ruth | Tanama Tales

    July 9, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Philadelphia’s food scene is so good! I visited on December and loved every bit of it. It was a bit cold for ice cream (but I compensated with donuts) but would like to go back and try all these ice cream shops. Roasted strawberries, yum! #WeekendWanderlust

    1. obligatorytraveler@gmail.com

      July 9, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      As a definite foodie, I’m so grateful to live somewhere with great food. Especially somewhere with a great, creative, variety. I could probably eat out everyday and still never eat everywhere

  5. Laura @ 48 No Interstate

    July 10, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    I think I just gained 10 lbs. from reading this! I love finding local ice cream places both at home and while traveling. I tend to stick to the basics – cookies and cream, vanilla, or strawberry – but I once make the mistake of trying camembert ice cream in France, and it was AWFUL! 🙂 #weekendwanderlust

    1. obligatorytraveler@gmail.com

      July 10, 2017 at 11:51 pm

      Camembert ice cream does sound terrible. I’m not sure I’ve a really terrible flavor yet, but I’m sure I’ll eventually come across one, especially because I like a least trying weird flavors.

Leave a Reply