Cool treats for warm days

Benson’s fresh berry sundae.
Benson’s fresh berry sundae.

Fresh Native Red Raspberry
Ice Cream Sundae

Benson’s Home Made Ice Cream,
181 Washington St., West Boxford

The fresh native red raspberry ice cream, available until the end of the raspberry season in late September, is Benson’s most popular ice cream. As a sundae, it is topped with whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry, but what pushes the sundae over the edge is the Fresh Native Red Raspberry sauce, made on site. $10 for a regular sundae and $9 for junior.

The Gram Slam

Gram’s Ice Cream & Dessert,

40 State St., Newburyport

Customers get to pick seven flavors of ice cream from among the 47 options on Gram’s menu. A homemade brownie, one banana, whipped cream, nuts, and cherries accompany the ice cream, with four other toppings of the customer’s choosing. It comes in a bowl shaped like a half baseball (though it is closer in size to a basketball), which customers can keep when they are done. Gram’s staff takes a picture of everyone who orders the Gram Slam, and posts it on social media sites. $25.

Banana Split

Lizzy’s Homemade Ice Cream,

367 Moody St., Waltham

Lizzy’s own ice cream recipe is used for this staple. Founder Nick Pappas recommends a scoop of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry, covered in homemade hot fudge, caramel, strawberries, whipped cream, cherries, sprinkles, and nuts. $10.06.

Salted Caramel & Chocolate Covered Pretzel Ice Cream

Uhlman’s Ice Cream,

234 East Main St., Westborough


Uhlman’s creamy vanilla ice cream is spun with ribbons of salted caramel and chunks of chocolate-dipped pretzels. It comes in four sizes ranging from baby ($2.25) to large ($5.25).

Black Raspberry Oreo Ice Cream

Nona’s Homemade, 19 Main St., Hingham

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This flavor combines black raspberry ice cream with chunks of Oreo cookies, and is available in cups and cones ranging from kiddie ($2.56) to large ($4.76). Waffle cones cost 86 cents more.

Danish Sweet Cream Ice Cream

Farfar’s Danish Ice Cream Shop,

272 Saint George St., Duxbury

Farfar’s signature dish has extra helpings of heavy cream, making it a great accompaniment to fresh fruit in the summer and on top of apple or pumpkin pie in the fall and winter. $6 per pint, $10 per quart, and in cones ranging from kiddie ($3) to large ($5.55).

NicK Kapteyn

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