Where to Get Ice Cream To-Go During the COVID-19 Shutdown

Ice cream might just be the perfect takeout option these days; after all, how many foods are regularly sold by the pint? And while it may not represent a balanced meal, a pint of ice cream is the comfort food we need as temperatures steadily rise. Look to these local venues for your summer ice cream fix.

The Union Square ice cream shop is selling a rotating selection of flavors by the pint each Wednesday evening and Saturday morning via pick-up. Expect unique flavors like Pandan, Apple Jax, and Cornbread + Honey; check Gracie’s “flavor Instagram” for the latest list. Orders can be placed online starting at 12 p.m. each Tuesday. On the non-edible front, you can also pick up a pair of “Ice Cream Weather” sweatpants.

Toscanini's Ice Cream

Toscanini’s offers curbside pick-up from 3 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. You’ll have to order online beforehand from a menu that includes house classics like Belgian Chocolate, Burnt Caramel, and Green Tea, all of which are available by the pint or half-gallon. To sweeten the deal, consider picking up a pint or half-pint of their homemade hot fudge sauce to reheat at home.

Boston’s premier supplier of non-dairy, coconut-based ice cream remains open for takeout and is also delivering pints via Grubhub. Whether you’re craving a fresh scoop of Sweet Lavender with sprinkles or planning to sink into the couch with a pint of Raspberry Crumble, consider your needs met.

In addition to its pizza, Picco’s homemade ice cream is available for takeout or delivery by the pint. Select from a list of a dozen or so rotating flavors like Peanut Butter Chip, Cinnamon, and Caramel Swirl, as well as Dark Chocolate and Coconut Tamarind sorbets. Fixings like chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and sugar cones are also on hand, allowing you to throw a full-fledged ice cream social at home (even if it’s for one).

OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

Photo credit: Alejandro Ramos

The Chestnut Hill outpost of this New York-based, family-owned ice cream shop is open for takeout and delivery, selling unique flavors including Olive Oil Strawberry Jam, Miso Cherry, and Turkish Coffee Date Caramel by the pint. The non-dairy offerings are no less enticing; think Vegan Coconut Caramel Chip and Yuzu Ginger Sorbet. To further sweeten the deal, add a bottle of wine from their tightly curated selection to your order.

Honeycomb Creamery is open for curbside pick-up; check their website for current hours. The Cambridge ice cream shop is also making deliveries on Thursdays and Fridays, provided the order is placed a day ahead of time. You can choose from a dozen flavors by the pint—including Cold Brew Coffee Chip, Salted Caramel Crackle, and vegan Horchata—plus other treats including ice cream tacos and “cakewiches.”

Christina’s offers 50 or so available flavors on any given day and stays open until 10:30 p.m. nightly, which means neighbors of this Inman Square institution really can have it all. If you’re having trouble selecting from all those flavors, we’ll remind you that Burnt Sugar, Peanut Butter Chip, and Carrot Cake never cease to satisfy.

Photo Credit: New City Microcreamery

This local maker’s Central Square location remains open for takeout and delivery, so you can experience their next-gen ice cream made with liquid nitrogen to ensure a light, airy texture and mouthfeel. Available flavors include Vanilla Bourbon, Salted Oreo, and Malted Milk Ball, plus non-dairy options such as Vegan Chocolate Avocado and Vegan Cookies & Cream.

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