Leave no cone unturned

By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 11, 2012

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J.P. LICKS

311 Harvard St, Brookline | 617.738.8252 | jplicks.com | According to a behind-the-counter source, anything with Oreo is a majorly popular summertime offering at the spacious dairy wonderzone that is J.P. Licks's Coolidge Corner outpost. I decided to investigate the matter myself by ordering their Oreo cheesecake scoop, which was extra sweet and well worth it, if you are into that sort of thing. As ice creams go, it's quite an undertaking — more of a dessert endeavor than a refreshing afternoon treat. For something a little more demure, opt for the delectable black raspberry, a regularly offered flavor that was astoundingly good. It was both creamy and refreshing, perfect for the (questionably) healthy end to a long, uphill bike ride in the sun. You've got to try it. And keep your eyes peeled for the midsummer arrival of J.P. Licks's always-popular peach ice cream.

_Kendall Salter

CHRISTINA'S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM

1255 Cambridge St, Cambridge | 617.492.7021 | christinasicecream.com | For nearly three decades, Christina's has been doling out scoops to MIT and Harvard students, Lily Pad–frequenting jazz fans, and Kendall cinemagoers. The "homemade" part isn't just advertising. Everything at Christina's is made from scratch. And since it shares its space with Christina's Spice & Specialty Foods next door, they've got plenty of exotic ingredients with which to experiment. Boasting a massive menu of more than 50 flavors, you'll have trouble ordering simple vanilla or chocolate here — and who'd want to, with flavors like coconut-Butterfinger, banana-cinnamon, carrot cake, ginger, fresh mint, and adzuki bean available? Definitely try burnt sugar, which tastes like crème brûlée. Knowing that the ice cream was made only a few feet from your seat just makes it taste all the better.

_Miles Bowe

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