Here are (some of) readers’ favorite ice cream shops

You spoke, we listened.

Westwood, MA., 06/03/15, Bubbling Brook in Westwood---for a story on the best small town dairy bars. Softserve getting a hard chocolate topping. 
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Softserve getting a hard chocolate topping at Bubbling Brook in Westwood. –Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe

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Over the weekend, published a story about 11 must-try ice cream shops in Massachusetts. Our readers then took to the comments section on our Facebook page to point out some more of their favorites.

Since one can never know of too many ice creameries in Massachusetts, we collected every single suggestion for an in-state ice cream parlor that we found on that Facebook thread. Hundreds of comments were left and dozens of places were mentioned, but three local ice cream shops proved to be incredibly popular among our readers.

1. Richardson’s Ice Cream (10 mentions)

Cheating day!

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Boy, do our readers love Richardson’s. Many commenters noted that they’ve been enjoying ice cream from the Middleton-based dairy farm for years.

Richardson’s Ice Cream is located at 156 S Main St. in Middleton.

2. Bubbling Brook (Six mentions)

??If you like Piña Coladas?? Coconut and Pineapple softserve swerve. @bubbling_brook ????

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Bubbling Brook doesn’t limit itself to delicious ice cream — the Westwood restaurant also serves fried seafood and burgers, among other traditional American fare.

The Bubbling Brook Restaurant is located at 1652 High St. in Westwood.

3. Bedford Farms (Five mentions)

A small order of Mud Pie. Coffee ice cream, oreos, and fudge. ???

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This is not an ice cream parlor for the indecisive: Bedford Farms, which has three locations across Massachusetts, offers different 60 flavors, according to their website.

Bedford Farms is located at 8 North Rd. in Bedford; 19 3rd Ave. in Burlington; and 68 Thoreau St. in Concord.

Plenty of other ice cream parlors got shout-outs from our readers. Here are the shops with three mentions:

Crescent Ridge Dairy (Sharon); DownRiver Ice Cream (Essex); and Peaceful Meadows Ice Cream (Whitman, Middleboro, and Plymouth).

Shops with two mentions:

The Ice Creamsmith (Dorchester); Captain Dusty’s Ice Cream (Salem, Beverly, and Manchester-by-the-Sea); Cherry Hill Ice Cream (Lunenburg and Townsend); Uhlman’s Ice Cream (Westborough); Benson’s Homemade Ice Cream (Boxford); Ice Cream Sandwich (Sandwich); Cape Cod Creamery (South Yarmouth and Hyannis); and SoCo Creamery (Great Barrington).


Shops with one mention:

Toscanini’s (Cambridge); Hodgie’s Ice Cream and Hodgie’s Too Ice Cream (Amesbury and Salisbury, respectively); Scooptopia (Lawrence); Rice Fruit Farm (Wilbraham); Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream (East Falmouth); White Farms Homemade Ice Cream (Ipswich); Herrell’s Ice Cream (Northampton); Twin Acres Ice Cream Shoppe (Sandwich); Shipwreck Ice Cream (Sandwich); Gracie’s Ice Cream (Somerville); J.P. Licks (various locations); Flint Farm (Mansfield); Mad Martha’s Ice Cream (Martha’s Vineyard); Hornstra Farms (Norwell); Sullivan Farms Homemade Ice Cream (Tyngsboro); Banana Splitz (Saugus); Erikson’s Ice Cream (Maynard); Meletharb Homemade Ice Cream (Wakefield); Cravings (Wakefield); Meola’s Wayside Ice Cream (West Boylston); Pinecroft Dairy and Restaurant (West Boylston); and Gibson’s Dairy Farm (Worcester).

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