It’s late March and we’ve been eating heavy for awhile, what with the holidays, St. Paddy’s corned beef, zeppoles, and other weighty foods that help get us through the winter. But Spring is here (by the calendar) and it’s time to lighten up, outside and inside. Here is a list of some of our favorite frozen yogurt and gelato shops in New England. Frosty, fruity, and refreshing. Run around outdoors for a bit and then find yourself a sweet treat!
Found at Maine’s most beautiful places, Beal’s Ice Cream makes small batches by hand of more than 100 recipes. Frozen yogurt flavors include black raspberry, blueberry cheesecake, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate chip, coconut, cookies & cream, Heath bar, Oreo, triple chocolate, and mint chocolate chip.
Beal’s Gorham, routes 25 & 237, Gorham, ME. 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. 207-839-3032. Map & Directions
Beal’s Scarborough, 29 Gorham Road in Oakhill Plaza, Scarborough, ME. 11:30 – 8 p.m. 207-883-6652. Map & Directions
Beal’s Portland,12 Moulton Street, Portland, ME. 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. 207-828-1335. Map & Directions
Beal’s Portland, 18 Veranda Street, Portland, ME. 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. 207-828-1253. Map & Directions
Gorgeous Gelato, 434 Fore Street, Portland, ME. 207-699-4309
“Gelato” is the word in Italian for “frozen.” Compared to ice cream as we know it, there is less air in gelato, so the flavor is much stronger. Gelato is healthier for weight-conscious people; it contains 70 percent less fat than ice cream. Flavors vary seasonally at this store, but the year-round standards include hazelnut, Oreo, chocolate (vegan, regular, or run or whiskey chocolate), cocoanut and pistachio. Vegan choices, too! Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 10p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 11p.m. Map
sweetFrog Bangor, 878 B Stillwater Avenue, Bangor, ME. 207-947-3764
At this store of the Sweet Frog franchise (conveniently located next to Five Guys(, you can look forward to diving into 16 soft serve frozen yogurt flavors. At the self-serve toppings bar, there are “only” 70 toppings to choose from. Once your dessert is chosen and garnished, you place your cup on the scale and pay by the ounce. The size is your choice. Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
sweetFrog Belfast, 1 Belmont Avenue, Belfast, ME. 207-338-1000
The store of the sweetFrog franchise brings you a clean, family-friendly environment; clothing and toys to purchase, and visits from mascots Scoop and Cookie to delight the young ones. Lots of frozen yogurt flavors, a huge selection of toppings. Hours: Sunday-Thursday 12 p.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
sweetFrog Waterville, 14 Waterville Commons Drive, Waterville. 207-877-9338
Plenty of flavors to choose from at this cheery place that welcomes kids. Hours: Sunday-Thursday, noon-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, noon-10 p.m.
Aylada, 505 East Street, Pittsfield, MA. 413-344-4126
Locally-sourced, small-batch, and lean! Aylada’s frozen yogurt is made with skim milk and low fat yogurt and 100 percent fruit purees. The dairy used to make the yogurt does not contain antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones. No pre-packaged mixes. You will find dairy-free and vegan choices. This is healthy stuff! Hours: noon-9 p.m.
J.P. Licks covers the map, both in geography and in taste opportunities. In addition to Soft and Tart Yogurt Flavors, your group can choose ice cream, frappes, smoothies, dairy free drinks, toppings of all kinds, sundaes, splits, tubs and party packs. Allergen and nutritional information is easily available.
1106 Boylston Street, Boston. 11 a.m.-midnight. 857-233-5805
150 Charles Street, Boston. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. 857-233-2771
659 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, 6 a.m.-midnight. 617-524-6740
173 Newbury Street, Boston. Noon-9 a.m. 857-449-0334
397 West Broadway Street, South Boston. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 857-496-7095
Cafe 472, 472 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA. 617-236-4949
This places serves pizza, paninis, wraps, sandwiches, salads, smoothies, AND frozen yogurt in 50 flavors. Hours: daily, 11 a.m.-midnight.
Tisberry Frozen Yogurt, 29 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, MA. 508-687-9314
Tisberry Frozen Yogurt tastes great, has low or no fat, has and can be a regular part of one’s diet. Unlike it’s fattening cousin, frozen yogurt doesn’t leave you regretting your indulgence. Only 25 calories per ounce! Tisberry smoothies are made with real fruit and juices. The “green” smoothies are a delicious way to get organic vegetable nutrition. They may incude whey protein and chia seeds. Try the organic granola and fresh fruit parfait. Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Main Street Creamery, 271 Main Street, Wethersfield. 860-529-0509
This creamery carries more than 50 flavors of hard ice cream, gluten-free options (including cones!), lactose-free soft serve, frozen yogurt, sorbets, and a vegan “No Moo” flavors. Vegan offerings are roatated, and the availability of some of our flavors changes dependent on the seasons. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Mel’s Downtown Creamery, 37 West Broad Street, Pawcatuck, CT. 860- 599-1363
The creamery is a bit reminiscent of the 1950s ice cream shop, with a wide variety of treats, including frozen yogurt. Offering 29 hard ice cream flavors, soft ice cream, shaved ice flavors, gluten free options, and Dave’s coffee. Bonus: Singer Taylor Swift, who owns a house in nearby Watch Hill, RI, has been known to pop in at Mel’s
Cowlick’s Creamery, 521 Boston Post Road, Waterford, CT. 860-574-9020
Cowlick’s Creamery Cowlick’s opened as a self service frozen yogurt shop and then evolved into a full-fledged ice cream shop. Cowlick’s serves hard ice cream, frozen yogurt, Italian ice, sorbet and soft serve ice cream. Frozen yogurt is blended every day, so you know it’s fresh. Lots of sunny outdoor space to enjoy your treat.
This California-born frozen yogurt business has spread throughout the country. The Original Tart has crisp, tart and delicious; it pairs beautifully with fresh fruit and boba poppers. The company has won Best Frozen Yogurt on the Best of San Francisco Readers Poll twice, and Best Froyo on the Bay Area A-List.
Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT. Hours: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
46 High Street, New Haven, CT. 203-777-4040. Hours: noon-11 p.m.
300 Universal Drive North, North Haven, CT. 203-234-2634. Hours: Noon-9 p.m.
1107 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield, CT. 860-529-2300. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sweet Claude’s, 828 S Main Street, Cheshire, CT. 203-272-4237
Big selection of frozen yogurts, including low-fat. A unique offering at Sweet Claude’s is its “tofutti” ice cream, a non-dairy ice cream that’s tofu-based. Pay with cash or check; there is an ATM on site.
Izzy’s Frozen Yogurt & Ice Cream, 33 Bow Street, Portsmouth. 603-431-1053
Izzy’s was opened in 1989 by some friends who really liked a new thing called “frozen yogurt.” So this is a place that started with froyo and evolved into serving ice cream, too, ha! Enjoy the Moosetracks flavor: vanilla yogurt with a fudge ripple and peanut butter truffles. Izzy’s windows look over the Piscataqua River and lots of tugboats on the move; it’s a local gathering spot on sunny afternoons or summer evenings.
Bishop’s Homemade Ice Cream, 183 Cottage Street, Littleton, NH. 603-444-6039
Small-batch premium ice cream, frozen yogurt and fresh fruit sorbets, are made onsite. The shop is comfortable inside, and outdoors there are also picnic benches and porch seating with garden views. Offering ice cream cakes, fudge, maple syrup and gift items, all locally made. Hours: Open mid-April to mid October, from noon.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, 70 North Main Street, Concord. 603-415-3333
Self-serve yogurt comes with a variety of toppings. Hours: Noon-8 p.m.
Froyoworld, 219 Thayer St, Providence, RI. 401-865-6055
This frozen yogurt chain swerves sweet and tart flavors, including sugar-free and non-fat options.