10 Best Ice Cream Delivery Services That’ll Ship Gourmet Pints to Your Doorstep

published Jun 10, 2022
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Now that summer is in full swing, there’s one thing and one thing only on our minds: ice cream! (Well, there’s also grilling and fruity cocktails, but those of us with an insatiable sweet tooth know that summer is the time for limitless quantities of our favorite frozen dessert.) We’ve rounded up some of the best ice cream delivery services out there for enjoying gourmet pints without having to leave your home. With several editor-favorite ice cream shops as well as popular Goldbelly finds included, these are indulgent flavors that you won’t be able to find at your grocery store or concoct at home with your ice cream maker.

Sourced from ice cream shops all over the country, these variety packs would make for a special treat at a party or a thoughtful food gift for someone with a summer birthday. Because it can be pricey to ship ice cream, we made sure to select flavors that we already love or are incredibly unique (and therefore totally worth the splurge). And because these ice cream delivery services ship multiple pints at once, you can stock your freezer for weeks of delicious gourmet desserts all summer long.

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Dear Bella Creamery

Los Angeles-based Dear Bella Creamery is a plant-based ice cream shop that makes creamy premium pints, partnering with chefs to create a roster of 16 new flavors every quarter. While other variety packs include their AAPI Love Bundle and the Brightland x Dear Bella Gift Box (which we tried and loved!), this new Summer Bundle is equally worth your attention. You'll receive five delicious vegan flavors: Blueberry Cheesecake, Campfire S'mores, Horchata Latte with Churro Chunks, Mint Fudge Cookie, and Tiki Colada.

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Salt & Straw

Our groceries editor, Mara, got to try this new highly creative summer-inspired ice cream collection from Salt & Straw and loved each and every flavor, all of which are reminiscent of picnic dishes. The sampler is actually intended to be eaten in a specific order, starting with Pink Rosé & Watermelon Sorbet, then Baked Brie & Fig Cheesecake, Deviled Egg Custart with Smoked Black Tea, Cinnamon & Honey Fried Chicken, and finishing with Chocolate Nocino Cherry Pie. Each pint also includes ingredients from local farmers and artisans across the country, making this bundle all the more unique and delicious.

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Meet the ice cream that's specifically designed for satisfying your midnight cravings. Nightfood features creamy pints like Cold Brew Decaf and Cookies n Dream that were formulated in partnership with sleep experts to avoid keeping you up at night. Each scoop is free from artificial sweeteners and includes sleep-friendly supplements and vitamins like magnesium and B6. This eight-pint sampler pack includes four flavors, so it's a great deal, too!

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Enjoy four decadent pints of ice cream straight from Sugar Hill Creamery in Harlem, with incredible flavors like Brown Bombshell, a milk chocolate ice cream with swirls of caramel and salted pecan brownies; or Chairperson of the Board, a blueberry-cheesecake-inspired pint with graham crackers and jam. It's owned by husband-wife duo Nick and Petrushka Bazin Larsen, who are inspired by Nick's Midwestern upbringing and Petrushka's Caribbean and African American culture to create their gourmet flavors.

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Here's another editor-favorite ice cream brand to try, straight from New York City. Caffé Panna is a scoop shop inspired by gelaterias in Rome and actually imports their cream ("panna" in Italian) from Italy, so you know it's the real deal. Kitchn contributor (and professional cook) Meredith raves about these decadent flavors. "I attest that you can feel the silky smooth difference in your mouth," she says. This six-pack includes heavenly flavors like Pistachio S'Mores, Carrot Cake, and Bob's Dream, which features peanut butter ice cream with salted cookie dough chunks, Oreo brittle, and dark fudge. Yum.

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Using South Asian staples like ginger, cardamom, and saffron in their creamy ice cream, Malai Ice Cream is known for making gourmet frozen desserts that are all flavor forward. Founder Chef Pooja Bavishi draws on tastes of her childhood, using globally sourced spices to put delicious spins on ice cream. You'll receive a pint each of Rose with Cinnamon Roasted Almonds, Masala Chai, Orange Fennel, and Sweet Milk in this pack.

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Not only can you enjoy amazing craft-beer-infused ice cream, but you can have it in these adorable beer can containers. Scoops on Tap is a small-batch ice cream shop in Montclair, CA that makes flavors by hand using locally sourced milk and cream and locally brewed craft beer and spirits. In this pack, you'll receive four delectable flavors, including Salted Caramel Blonde Ale and Lemon IPA, perfect for yourself or as a gift for beer lovers.

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Marco Ice Cream

Marco's gourmet ice cream is inspired by cuisine and spices from all around the world, with flavors like Aztec Chocolate, Turkish Mocha, Thai Coco-Lime, and Moroccan Honey Nut. To enjoy at home, you can build a case of up to five flavors by either mixing and matching or stocking up on a favorite.

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Based out of Jackson Hole, WY, Cream + Sugar is an artisan ice cream shop famous for its ice cream sandwiches and small-batch flavors. Each pint is handmade with cream and milk that's sourced from regional farms. This pack includes six pints that you can mix and match, with signature flavors like Cookies and Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Huckleberry (a berry that is actually native to the area).

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If you haven't heard of Tipsy Scoop yet, we can confirm that it's exactly what you think: boozy ice cream. The New York-based shop uses a variety of spirits to create ice cream that's actually spiked — that's right, the "tispy" part of the name isn't just for fun! You can choose four of nine flavors available to fill your pack, including Cake Batter Vodka Martini, Tequila Mexican "Hot" Chocolate, and Raspberry Limoncello.