In Search of Norton's Best Chocolate Ice Cream

Readers asked to share their favorite local ice cream spots.

It’s very much summer here in Norton, and one of my favorite things to do on a hot July day is stop and have a cone of chocolate ice cream.  When I was a kid (and dinosaurs roamed the earth) the main options in town were Creamy Freeze on Mansfield Avenue where is today, Frates Dairy located where restaurant now sits, and Bristol Farms on Old Colony Avenue.

There were other places you could get ice cream in those days.  had a soda fountain, Fernandes Super Market (now ) had a snack bar, and I’m probably forgetting a few other spots.  But Frates and Bristol Farms were the two spots that were “the” places to go for instant refreshment.

Alas, both are now gone.  That leaves me still in search of the best place in town for ice cream.  And yes – I only eat chocolate.  I never waver.  Variety may be the spice of life, but my loyalty lies with a sugar cone of deep, rich chocolate. 

Lately I have been splitting my diary affections between two Old Colony Road establishments:  (the site of the old O’Brien’s Restaurant for you townies) and , located in the former Bristol Farms building.  And I have to tell you – it’s been a very tough choice.

McMahon’s serves Bliss Ice Cream, and I love Bliss.  My ice cream there is a model of consistent flavor, and I can order at the window and sit outside at the picnic table or walk down by the edge of Chartley Pond.  Uncle Ed’s makes its own ice cream, and the taste shows they know exactly what they are doing.  The booths remind me of the establishments of my youth, and although it doesn’t affect me they offer a wide variety of flavors.

There is also a great little ice cream stand on Mansfield Avenue right next to Tsang’s.  I haven’t hit it yet this summer, only because I pass the other two everyday on my way home from work and am very weak-willed.  But I will be sampling it soon, probably this weekend - all in the name of fairness and science, of course.

So fellow Nortonites – where is your favorite place in town for ice cream?  Have I missed a good spot?  Do you have a favorite you might recommend?  It wouldn’t be fair to keep it to yourself, you should share with all of us.  Just please – make sure they have chocolate.

Bill Gouveia is a local columnist and has eaten way too much ice cream over the years.  He can be reached at aninsidelook@aol.com.

Johnna Masala July 15, 2011 at 04:07 PM
Bill... Like you, I am also a ice cream lover! Although, I try to keep my consumption to one to two cones a week. I, however, almost always get Coffee Ice Cream (with chocolate sprinkles of course)! I have to say that Uncle Eds has the absolute best ice cream! They do always have a large variety of flavors. Which, do intrigue me. The only time I waiver though, is when there is a Coffee variation such as Espresso or Coffee Almond. Great now I am going to have to go there today! Honestly, I have to say, I have yet to try McMahons. However, I have heard great things so far! But I have to say that I love ice cream that is home made. Don't get me wrong... Bliss Ice Cream is delicious. But there is something about home made. And Bill...if you are will to travel a bit. Check out The Ice Cream Machine in Cumberland RI! It's well worth the trip!
Kelly A. Mello July 15, 2011 at 04:12 PM
Tracy Ford left a Facebook comment saying that Flint Farms on East Street in Mansfield is the way to go.
Ralph Stefanelli July 16, 2011 at 04:20 PM
Sundae Shack, Rt 140 Norton, They treat you like family, big scoops, pleasant ,friendly, relaxed & the price is right.....Ralph Stefanelli
"Spider" Michael J. Smith Jr. July 17, 2011 at 12:44 AM
Hey what do you know, there is something Bill and I actually agree on. My Dad used to work at Frates. and I loved the original Bristol Farms too.... SPIDER SMITH


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