We’re at it again! Ranking the BEST of THE BEST when it comes to food and fun here in Maine. Now that is’ finally warming up it’s time to tackle everyone’s favorite summer treat, ICE CREAM!

This one was a bit tricky. We have a few small local chains and not everyone specified which location they preferred. Plus, many people just said "Gifford’s" which is obviously a Maine ice cream staple, but there are DOZENS of stands and stores that sell Gifford’s throughout the state and many that were nominated carry Gifford’s!

No really check out the location map!

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With all that in mind, here are the Top 5 BEST Places in Maine to get ice cream as chosen by our listeners!

1. Fielder’s Choice-With locations in Brunswick, Manchester, Old Orchard Beach, and Sabattus fans of Fielder’s Choice came in with the force of their giant portion sizes!
2. Gifford’s Ice Cream-Again, with their flavors being represented in MANY of the ice cream stands below and a few nominating the brand alone, we had to give some major love to the Gifford’s family!
3. The Ice Cream Shoppe-With three locations located in Farmington, Randolph, and Skowhegan, the Skowhegan fans came in extra strong with votes!
4. John's Ice Cream Factory, Liberty
5. Back's Dairy Bar, China

Below you will find ALL of our nominations with the best in the county in bold.


Dairy Joy-Lewiston
Fielder’s Choice-Sabattus
Softie Delite-Livermore Falls


Houlton Farms Dairy-Presque Isle


Beal’s Ice Cream-Location unspecified (Portland, Gorham, and Scarborough)
Harmon's Dairy Bar-Scarborough
Hodgman’s Frozen Custard-New Gloucester
Ice Cream Dugout-Windham
The Mosquito Ice Cream Shop-Raymond
Red’s Dairy Freeze-South Portland
Sweet Life Ice Cream and Food Shop-Gorham
Sweetie's-Steep Falls
Toots Ice Cream-North Yarmouth


Dutch Treat-Wilton
The Ice Cream Shoppe-Farmington


Blueberry Hill Dairy Bar-Ellsworth
Morton's Moo Homemade Ice Cream-Ellsworth
Pugnuts Ice Cream Shop-Surry
Spencer’s Ice Cream-Bradley
Wahl’s Dairy Port-Bucksport


Back’s Dairy Bar-China
Clinton Dairy Bar-Clinton
Dairy Queen-KMD, Waterville
Day’s Store-Belgrade
Deb’s Ice Cream & Mini Golf-Randolph
Fast Eddies Drive In-Winthrop
Fielder’s Choice-Manchester
Gifford's Dairy Bar, Mini Golf & Batting Cage, Waterville
Hamilton’s Dairy Barn-Vassalboro
The Ice Cream Shoppe-Randolph
The Landing-China
Red Barn-Augusta
North Street Dairy Cone-Waterville
Smiley’s Ice Cream-Winslow
Sweet Carolynn’s-Gardiner
Tubby’s Ice Cream-Wayne


Bray Brook Farm-Appleton
Dorman's Dairy Dream-Thomaston


Downeast Ice Cream Factory-Boothbay Harbor
Here’s The Scoop-Dresden
The Jefferson Scoop-Jefferson
Round Top-Damariscotta


Bangor Ice Cream Stand-Bangor
Corinth Village Creamery-Corinth
Jimmie’s Ice Cream & Grill-Brewer
Sawyer’s Dairy Bar-Newport
Spencer’s Ice Cream-Bradley
Treworgy Family Orchards-Levant


Butterfield's Ice Cream-Dover-Foxcroft


Frederick's Dari-I-Whip-Norridgewock
Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream and Mini Golf-Skowhegan
Ice Acreage Shoppe-Skowhegan
The Ice Cream Shoppe (Donna's)-Skowhegan
The Island Dairy Treat-Skowhegan
Kennebec Ice Kreamery-Madison


Belanger’s Drive-In-Fairfield
Cone'z Ice Cream-Unity
John’s Ice Cream Factory-Liberty
Super Scoop-Belmont
Wilson’s Country Market-Frankfort


Polar Treat-Perry


Arundel Ice Cream Shop-Arundel
Shain's of Maine-Sanford
York Beach Dairy Bar-York

Note: We did not receive any nominations for Oxford or Sagadahoc counties. 

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