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Ice cream best bets on Long Island

No food sums up summer like ice cream, whether it’s a cone on the run, or a sit-down feast of a banana split. Here’s a sampling of Long Island’s independent homemade ice cream parlors.

Granny’s Ice Cream

Granny's Ice Cream (1153 Jericho Tpke., Commack) When
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Granny's Ice Cream (1153 Jericho Tpke., Commack) When Rob McCue describes his flavors as "chef driven," he is being literal. The Plainedge native graduated with a culinary degree from New York Institute of Technology in Central Islip, worked as a corporate chef, owned his own Manhattan bistro (The Fat Monk) and competed on Season 8 of "Hell's Kitchen." At Granny's, it's not only McCue's imagination that runs wild, it's his subconscious. "Sometimes a flavor will come to me in my dreams," he said. "And I can't wait to get to the shop to make it." This was the case with strawberry-Oreo with marshmallow swirl whereas maple-glazed bacon-whiskey and candied-lemon-peel-poppy were products of his waking mind. He wishes he could offer more than 56 flavors at Granny's Ice Cream, the Commack shop he took over in July 2018, but that's all the freezer cases can accommodate. More info: 631-543-7501, grannysicecreamcommack.com

Marvel Frozen Dairy

Marvel Frozen Dairy (258 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach):
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Marvel Frozen Dairy (258 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach): Lido Beach's iconic Marvel ice cream stand got new owners in 2014, aside from a fresh coat of paint, the Fragioudakis family hasn't changed a thing. Folks still line up to get Marvel's signature brown bonnet, wherein a fully loaded cone or cup is upended and then dipped into a vat of melted chocolate that instantly hardens, forming a crisp shell. More info: 516-889-4232

Strong Island Ice Cream

Strong Island Ice Cream (9127 Smithtown Blvd., Nesconset):
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Strong Island Ice Cream (9127 Smithtown Blvd., Nesconset): Long Island's newest spot for homemade ice cream, Strong Island opened in late 2019. Its owner, Paul Cairo, used to be a partner at Krisch's in Massapequa and at the new shop he's making about 30 flavors of hard ice cream and plans to introduce soft serve soon. More info: 631-656-5930

International Delight Cafe

International Delight Cafe (322 Bedford Ave., Bellmore): The
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International Delight Cafe (322 Bedford Ave., Bellmore): The delightful confection here falls somewhere between ice cream and gelato. Like gelato, there's very little air whipped into it, but most of the flavors have a fat content (12 percent or more) that put them in the ice-cream category. Flavors are numerous and Baroque, as are the frozen desserts made with them. More info: 516-409-5772, idcbellmore.com

Old Fashioned Ice Cream

Old Fashioned Ice Cream (1025 Straight Path, West
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Old Fashioned Ice Cream (1025 Straight Path, West Babylon): This neighborhood mainstay has hard and soft ice cream, ice cream cakes and more. The banana ice cream is a standout. More info: 631-669-3020

Ice Cream Cottage

Ice Cream Cottage (1590 Montauk Hwy., Mastic): John
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Ice Cream Cottage (1590 Montauk Hwy., Mastic): John Pastore has been making ice cream at his little "cottage" in Mastic since 1980, serving ice cream in an unparalleled variety of cones including sugar, wafer, double wafer, waffle, chocolate waffle, chocolate chip, chocolate wafer, pretzel and M & M. Ice cream flavors include chocolate overdose (fudge, chips, brownies), black forest (black Bordeaux cherries and broken-up chocolate shell) and chocolate peanut-butter cup. More info: 631-395-3580, icecreamcottage.net

McNulty's Ice Cream Parlor

McNulty's Ice Cream Parlor (153 North County Rd.,
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McNulty's Ice Cream Parlor (153 North County Rd., Miller Place): Opened in 1991, the shop's signature flavors include vanilla peanut butter, mint chunk, cherry vanilla, butter pecan, raspberry truffle and "moose tracks." A favorite: The Sandpail Sundae, that comes complete with shovel and rake, and a cherry on top. More info: 631-474-3543

Coyle's

Coyle's (Multiple locations): At locations in Bay Shore
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Coyle's (Multiple locations): At locations in Bay Shore (75 Howell's Rd.) and Islip (509 Main St.), Marty Coyle does not stick to the keep-it-simple school of ice-cream making. To wit, his bestselling flavor (and personal favorite) is chocolate raspberry truffle, whose demure name belies its elaborate composition: chocolate ice cream blended with raspberry sauce, then laced with more raspberry sauce and punctuated with chocolate chunks. The waffle bowl sundae is served in the bowl-shaped equivalent of a waffle cone. More info: coylesicecream.com

Krisch's Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlour

Krisch's Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlour (11 Central
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Krisch's Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlour (11 Central Ave., Massapequa): Krisch's classic ice cream recipes, such as toasted almond and coconut, have hardly changed in 60 years. The chocolate is sweet, straightforward and kid-friendly; newer flavors include pralines and cream, peanut butter cup, Fluffer Nutter (marshmallow and peanut butter) and chocolate-covered strawberry. More info: 516-797-3149

Star Confectionery

Star Confectionery (4 E. Main St., Riverhead): This
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Star Confectionery (4 E. Main St., Riverhead): This landmark ice-cream parlor and luncheonette has been in the Meras family since 1920. The ice cream is made either by third-generation owner Anthony Meras or his father (also Anthony), who makes his own chocolate flavoring base with Hershey's cocoa powder. The result is clean and chocolaty, with a caramel undertone. More info: 631-727-9873

Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen

Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen (2391 Main St., Bridgehampton): Little
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Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen (2391 Main St., Bridgehampton): Little has changed at Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen since it opened in 1925, the ice cream is still homemade and fruit flavors, often made with local fruit in season, are a specialty. More info: 631-537-9885

Frozen Cow Ices and Cream

Frozen Cow Ices and Cream (300 Lido Blvd.,
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Frozen Cow Ices and Cream (300 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach): It took some serious scoops to open an ice cream store a block away from Lido Beach's Marvel, but the owners of Frozen Cow have an entirely different approach. The emphasis is on inventive flavors such as sea-salt caramel, and a breakfast special, made with maple syrup and bits of bacon and Belgian waffles. More info: 516-665-3997, frozencowicesandcream.com

Hildebrandt's

Hildebrandt's (84 Hillside Ave., Williston Park): At this
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Hildebrandt's (84 Hillside Ave., Williston Park): At this Long Island institution, founded in 1927 and looking pretty much as it must have back then, ice-cream flavors come and go but might include root-beer rock 'n' roll, chocolate-mint wafer, black raspberry, crème brûlée, bananas Foster and lemon-meringue pie. Or chocolate, vanilla or strawberry. Try the old-fashioned "flatcar," ice cream on pound cake, topped with chocolate fudge. A newer innovation is the sundae shot: a 2-ounce shot glass with your choice of ice cream and sauce, topped with whipped cream and sprinkles or nuts. More info: 516-741-0608, hildebrandtsrestaurant.com

Henry's Confectionery

Henry's Confectionery (8 Glen St., Glen Cove): Henry's
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Henry's Confectionery (8 Glen St., Glen Cove): Henry's has been serving Glen Cove residents since 1929. For years, the store was owned by the Wolke family; Joseph Valensisi bought it in 2000 and has continued the tradition of classic luncheonette fare and homemade ice cream. Lemon custard is a flavor you'll find nowhere else but at Henry's. More info: 516-671-3222

Sip 'n' Soda Luncheonette

Sip 'n' Soda Luncheonette (40 Hampton Rd., Southampton):
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Sip 'n' Soda Luncheonette (40 Hampton Rd., Southampton): This Southampton stalwart has been in the Parash family since 1958; little has changed since then. The four queens sundae features homemade chocolate syrup — a rarity — poured over four scoops of homemade ice cream, with whipped cream and a cherry. More info: 631-283-9752, sipnsoda.com

Magic Fountain

Magic Fountain (9825 Main Rd., Mattituck): This North
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Magic Fountain (9825 Main Rd., Mattituck): This North Fork ice cream stalwart is famous for its unexpected flavors. The roster is long and changes frequently, but may include kulfi (an aromatic Indian confection), rainbow cookie, coconut jalapeño, olive oil or Grape-Nuts. Dairy-free varieties, such as vegan raspberry, are also available. More info: 631-298-4908, magicfountainicecream.net

Snowflake

Snowflake (1148 West Main St., Riverhead): Snowflake's sundae
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Snowflake (1148 West Main St., Riverhead): Snowflake's sundae flavors follow the North Fork's fruit harvest. The summer starts with strawberries and ends with peaches. Try either fresh-fruit topping with your favorite flavor ice cream from the list of classics or the flavor-of-the-week, or be a seasonal-fruit purist: strawberry ice cream with strawberry sauce, peach with peach. More info: 631-727-4394, snowflakeicecream.com

Northport Sweet Shop

Northport Sweet Shop (55 Main St., Northport): In
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Northport Sweet Shop (55 Main St., Northport): In business since before World War II, this luncheonette's homemade ice cream is crafted into all sorts of old-fashioned concoctions such as "milk frosts" (a milkshake garnished with a scoop of ice cream) and French ice cream sodas (topped with fresh whipped cream). Also: a unique lemon custard and a sundae with divine hot fudge. More info: 631-261-3748, northportsweetshop.com

Greenport Creamery

Greenport Creamery (142 Main St., Greenport): Since 1979,
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Greenport Creamery (142 Main St., Greenport): Since 1979, Sandpiper Ice Cream has kept Greenport in cups, cones and sundaes. In 2019, Lillian Stachtiaris, a Nassau pediatrician and the daughter of founders Lillian and Achilles Stachtiaris, renovated and relaunched the shop as Greenport Creamery, still serving homemade ice cream. More info: 631-333- 2818, greenportcreamery.com

Sweet Treats on the Wharf

Sweet Treats on the Wharf (405 Main St.,
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Sweet Treats on the Wharf (405 Main St., Port Washington): In the nearly two decades that Douglas Shepardson has run Sweet Treats on the Wharf, he has produced most of the frozen desserts known to man: ice cream, soft serve, frozen yogurt, Italian ice, sorbet and shave ice, a Hawaiian specialty in which finely ground ice is topped with sweet, colorful, fruit-flavored syrup, resulting in a refreshing solid-going-slushy beverage. Buy a cup, then stroll onto Inspiration Wharf for one of the best views on the North Shore. More info: 516-708-1706

Roger's Frigate

Roger's Frigate (99 Main St., Port Jefferson): Roger's
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Roger's Frigate (99 Main St., Port Jefferson): Roger's Frigate does it all: hard ice cream, soft serve ice cream, yogurt, candy, chocolates, gelato, popcorn, fudge, smoothies, cookies, chocolate-covered pretzels. For those seeking a slightly more restrained confection, there's the fruit cream blast, a combination of soft-serve vanilla ice cream and fruit sorbet blended — but not all the way — so you can discern the creaminess of the vanilla from the iciness of the sorbet. More info: 631-474-8888, portjeffersonfrigate.com

Marshall's Ice Cream Bar

Marshall's Ice Cream Bar (4276 Merrick Rd., Massapequa):
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Marshall's Ice Cream Bar (4276 Merrick Rd., Massapequa): Marshall's is the sweet rejoinder to the savory Massapequa landmark, All American Burger, that shares its parking lot. The building retains the look and feel of the Carvel it started as, in 1952, but this is an independently owned shop that makes its own ice cream. Marshall's makes a mean malted. More info: 516-798-9723

Herrell's Ice Cream

Herrell's Ice Cream (46 Gerard St., Huntington): Herrell's
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Herrell's Ice Cream (46 Gerard St., Huntington): Herrell's makes a range of ice creams flavored with malt — malted vanilla, malted chocolate, malted banana, triple malt — and the refined malted sundae highlights its distinctive nutty-yeasty flavor. Two scoops of ice cream are drizzled with warm homemade penuche sauce (made with brown sugar and butter), then topped with nuts, crushed cookies or candies, whipped cream and a cherry. More info: 631-637-1100, herrellshuntington.com

Five Pennies Creamery

Five Pennies Creamery (11 N. Park Ave., Rockville
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Five Pennies Creamery (11 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre): Opened in 2010, Five Pennies looks to the past with egg creams (made with Fox's U-Bet and seltzer from old-fashioned siphons), soft-serve Coney Island custard and Italian fruit ices that are used, in turn, to create the store's signature Cyclone (after the roller coaster), in which the custard and ices are layered in a symphony of delectably cold sweetness. More info: 516-608-4344, fivepenniescreameryny.com

Lics

Lics (74 Main St., Northport): Lics (
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Lics (74 Main St., Northport): Lics ("Little Ice Cream Store") has been making ice cream, gelato, ices and frozen yogurt for more than two decades. More recent developments include vegan offerings. More info: 631-757-9099, licsicecream.com

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