The Best Mail-Order Ice Cream Gifts

ICE CREAM FOR EVERYONE IS SHIPPING NATIONWIDE

Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream
Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream

On a hot summer day (or even on a cold winter day!), nothing hits the spot quite like a couple scoops of creamy ice cream. While the ice cream brands you’ll find at the supermarket will do in a pinch, and a trip to the local ice cream shop makes for a fun occasion, there’s nothing quite like receiving a box of super-premium ice cream treats that you can’t get anywhere else in the mail. 

Mail-Order Ice cream makes for a perfect gift, because many people don’t realize that some of America’s most legendary ice cream shops are shipping nationwide – and many don’t realize that it’s even possible! But when it’s packed with dry ice, ice cream and handmade ice cream sandwiches can arrive at your or your recipient’s doorstep in perfect, ice-cold condition – the perfect gift to receive on a warm afternoon! 

Some of Our Best Mail Order Ice Cream Picks

Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream 2

Best Vegan Mail-Order Ice Cream: Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream

Founded in 2011 by Toa and Mike Green with a 2-quart ice cream machine, Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream is today Kentucky’s most sought after small batch ice cream. Their acclaimed vegan ice cream is made with a coconut milk base, and is available in craveworthy flavors including:

  • Banana & Chocolate,
  • Bourbon & Honey,
  • And Coconut Caramel.
Scoops on Tap

Best Keto Mail-Order Ice Cream: Scoops on Tap

Scoops on Tap was founded in 2015 by Sam Howland and his friend Bryan Marasco, and they spent years developing high-fat, low-carb, sugar-free keto ice cream. These delicious ice creams are made with allulose instead of sugar, and come in flavors including vanilla bean, coffee, mint chip, and birthday cake.

Tipsy Scoop

Best Boozy Mail-Order Ice Cream: Tipsy Scoop

At Tipsy Scoop, Melissa Tavss is churning artisanal, handmade ice cream with premium mixed cocktails, stouts & wines, making some of the best boozy ice cream you’ll find anywhere. Inspired by classic and contemporary cocktails, each pint is made with local and seasonal ingredients from Brooklyn cold brew coffee to fresh summer berries, and contain up to five percent alcohol by volume.

IT’S-IT Ice Cream

Best Mail-Order Ice Cream Sandwiches: IT’S-IT Ice Cream

In San Francisco, IT’S-IT isn’t just a beloved ice cream sandwich, it’s a way of life. Back in 1928, George Whitney had the brilliant idea to place a scoop of vanilla ice cream in-between two fresh-baked oatmeal cookies, and to then give it a dunk into dark chocolate. All these years later, the IT’S-IT recipes remain unchanged — if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? These delightful ice cream sandwiches are what summer in San Francisco tastes like.

_Not Fried Chicken_ Ice Cream Bucket

Best Mail-Order Ice Cream for Gifts: Life Raft Treats “Not Fried Chicken” Ice Cream Bucket

A six-time finalist for the James Beard Awards’ Outstanding Pastry Chef, Chef Cynthia Wong’s Life Raft Treats is South Carolina’s only chef-driven artisan ice cream truck. Her signature “Not Fried Chicken” Ice Cream looks just like a fried chicken drumstick, but it’s actually an intricate ice cream creation, complete with waffle ice cream, a chocolate-covered cookie “bone” and a coating of white chocolate and crushed corn flakes!

Read More: Not Fried Chicken Ice Cream: TikTok’s Viral Sensation

Graeters Ice Cream

Best Cult-Favorite Mail-Order Ice Cream: Graeters

To say that Graeter’s Ice Cream is an institution in the ice cream world would be an understatement. More than 150 years and four generations later and Graeter’s is still making ice cream as they did in 1870. Home to the world’s only French Pot Freezer, Graeter’s uses this old-school machinery to churn out their custard-like ice cream 2 gallons at a time. It’s a Cincinnati institution, and their Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip ice cream is an absolute icon.

Mochidoki

Best Mail-Order Ice Cream Mochi: Mochidoki

Mochi ice cream – little pucks of ice cream surrounded by soft & chewy mochi – is one of the most irresistible hand-held treats you’ll ever try, and Mochidoki is hitting it out of the park. Ken Gordon and Christopher Wong founded Mochidoki in 2015 on a mission to take mochi ice cream to the next level with flavors that are modern, fresh, and imaginative. With one bite, you’ll agree that they absolutely nailed it.

The Comfy Cow

Best Small Batch Mail-Order Ice Cream: The Comfy Cow

Founded in Louisville in 2009, The Comfy Cow creates super-premium ice cream in small batches using only the highest-quality ingredients. At The Comfy Cow, ice cream is a serious passion project. The Comfy Cow’s ice cream is a canvas for outrageous flavors, featuring anything from Georgia pecans to a healthy splash of local bourbon or Earl Grey tea. Have it for dinner. Have it for a snack. Have it for breakfast!

Bona Bona Ice Cream

Best Marshmallow-Topped Mail-Order Ice Cream: Bona Bona Ice Cream

After winning an episode of Food Network’s “Chopped” with a superior batch of ice cream, chef Nick Di Bona decided to get into the ice cream business full-time, opening Bona Bona Ice Cream in Westchester, New York. His is a unique ice cream-gelato hybrid that’s dense, rich, creamy and absolutely packed with flavor. And to make it all even more special, each pint is topped with a layer of toasted meringue!

Bassetts Ice Cream

Best Historic Mail-Order Ice Cream: Bassetts

Bassetts Ice Cream was founded by Lewis Dubois Bassett way back in 1861, making it America’s oldest ice cream company, and it was the first merchant to sign a lease at Philly’s famed Reading Terminal Market in 1892. The ice cream shop is still run by the Bassett family today, and still serving up scoops at its original market stall. This isn’t any old ice cream. This is about as “super-premium” as it gets, with a 16.5% butterfat percentage giving it a seriously smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

This is just the tip of the ice cream-berg when it comes to the best ice cream gifts! They’re all shipping to the lucky recipient’s door – and to yours! And if you can’t decide, be sure to check out Goldbelly’s Ice Cream Subscription, a monthly delivery of the best ice cream in America.

Dan-Meyers
Dan Myers

Dan Myers is Goldbelly’s Senior Content Manager and Senior Editor of the Goldbelly Blog. He joined Goldbelly in 2020, and as the company’s primary copywriter he also writes copy for all brand marketing initiatives including marketing emails as well as on-page descriptions for all new merchants and products.

Before joining Goldbelly, Dan spent seven years as Deputy Editor for The Daily Meal, a food and drink website. During his time there, he wrote everything from news briefs to major tentpoles including the 101 Best Restaurants in America and the 50 Best Burgers in America, forming a base of knowledge that has served him well at Goldbelly.

Prior to joining The Daily Meal, Dan founded and spent several years running a neighborhood blog called Here’s Park Slope, based out of the neighborhood in Brooklyn. Its primary focus was on the opening and closing of local businesses (especially restaurants), and it was named Brooklyn’s Best Neighborhood Blog by The L Magazine.

Dan graduated from NYU with a degree in Communication & Mass Media, and still lives in Brooklyn with his wife Janie and French Bulldog, Nugget.