On a little farm, 22.8 miles outside of Boston, Massachusetts is Crescent Ridge, a family farm in Sharon, Massachusetts that specializes in fresh, whole milk with 20% more infused cream than the federal minimum. Since the 1800’s this family operated farm delivers milk, in a white truck via milkman, to its customers five days a week in clear glass bottles. This attention and care to detail in crafting such delicious whole milk is what makes Crescent Ridge Ice Cream the best ice cream our family has ever tasted, and definitely the best ice cream in Boston.
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Crescent Ridge Ice Cream
Boston Public Market
100 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02108
Hours: Monday – Saturday 8a – 8p | Sunday 10a – 8p
Phone: (781) 784-2740 ext. 133
Boston Public Market is home to a miniature ice cream parlor serving Crescent Ridge Ice Cream. It’s easy to spot, and the enticing flavors will make it hard to resist. We stopped here twice during our visit in Boston. The first time, Gabriel and I shared a double scoop of Coconut Almond Bar and Moose Tracks. The Coconut Almond Bar was so smooth with shavings of coconut, almond, and chocolate blended so perfectly you couldn’t tell where one flavor stopped and the other began. The vanilla and chocolate in the Moose Tracks didn’t favor one flavor over another, and was generous with the peanut butter.
On our second visit, we had already had a taste and were both too stingy to share. I couldn’t resist the Coconut Almond Bar again, this time paired with Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel. Have you tried the new Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel’s Snapper’s has recently come out with? Yes, the ones I can’t keep my stubby fingers out of. That’s what this ice cream tasted like. Even when I felt like my tummy was going to burst, I kept dipping my spoon in reaching for more chocolate covered pretzel bites. It is crunchy, sweet, salty, smooth, rich, and developed.
You can’t pay hard money to sway Gabriel from choosing Pistachio ice cream. His double scoop, tinged light green, was lightly sweetened and extremely creamy. The girls both choose Cotton Candy, which magically contained the perfect essence of cotton candy’s signature burnt sugar taste. Widmore went with chocolate, which was so tasty, his nose, cheeks, and chin enjoyed the taste just as much as his tongue did.
Head out to Boston Public Market to get your own distinctive flavors, or travel out to Sharon, Massachusetts and visit the Dairy Bar on Crescent Ridge farm and mingle with the cows who graze unpenned across 42 acres. Here you can indulge in nearly 50 different flavors including sorbets, sherberts, and yogurts, and try the best ice cream in Boston, and Massachusetts! You can also find Crescent Ridge milk products in local area Whole Foods Markets, Hannaford, Big Y, Star Market, and more.
And that is just one more reason to move to Boston.
► For Kids: Our kids love ice cream as much as we do, but they have been known to turn up a nose at certain establishments and leave a cone unfinished. Not here. Not one single morsel was left behind. This is the best ice cream in Boston, and kids will surely agree. Crescent Ridge is great about offering kids sizes and listening eagerly as they place their order.
Do you love ice cream as much as we do? Growing up in the Willamette Valley, just 40 minutes east of Tillamook, Oregon, we never thought anything could top Tillamook Ice Cream. We’re sad to say that Tillamook has been knocked off the very high pedestal we placed it on, and our only regret now, is the lack of Crescent Ridge products in our current home state.
► Nap-Time Version: Crescent Ridge Ice Cream is the best ice cream in Boston, and the best ice cream we’ve ever tasted.
Check out the other places we loved to eat at in Boston Public Market, including Beantown Pastrami Guys, Red’s Best Seafood, and Red Apple Farms (all coming soon).