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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at MaineToday.com and a music writer for MaineToday.com and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at Mainetoday.com. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the WCHS TV show “207” to talk about...music of course.

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Posted: June 2, 2017

Get your licks in Southern Maine at these ice cream stands

Written by: Aimsel Ponti

Few things are more essential to the perfect summer than ice cream. From traditional flavors to creative mash-ups, Maine has no shortage of year-round and seasonal ice cream stands offering something for every taste. To help you figure out where to get your best licks in this summer, we offer this sampling of southern Maine ice cream stands.

Kettle Cove Creamery, 2 Bowery Beach Road in Cape Elizabeth. Photo by Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer

Kettle Cove Creamery, 2 Bowery Beach Road in Cape Elizabeth. Photo by Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer

KETTLE COVE CREAMERY

Grab your cone and then head down to Kettle Cove Beach to watch the sunset.

WHERE: 2 Bowery Beach Road, Cape Elizabeth

HOURS: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

INFO: 799-3533; kettlecoveicecream.com

NOTABLE FLAVORS: Gannon Ball, chocolate with caramel swirl and malted milk balls; Needham, coconut with chocolate chips; and Salty Caramel, caramel-based ice cream with salt and caramel swirl.


HODGMAN’S FROZEN CUSTARD

For a tasty twist on traditional ice cream, try frozen custard, which is made with egg yolks

WHERE: 1108 Lewiston Road, New Gloucester

HOURS: 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily

INFO: 926-3553; On Facebook at Hodgmans Frozen Custard

NOTABLE FLAVORS: They typically offer vanilla, chocolate and one or two specialty flavors, such as Irish Cream and Peanut Butter.


Ally Cannon shows off a snickers ice cream cone at Garside's Ice Cream in Saco Photos by Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

Ally Cannon shows off a snickers ice cream cone at Garside’s Ice Cream in Saco
Photos by Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

GARSIDE’S ICE CREAM

The folks at Garside’s know a thing or two about ice cream. They’ve been at it for more than 60 years.

WHERE: 320 Ferry Road, Saco

HOURS: Noon to 9 p.m. daily

INFO: 283-0045; On Facebook at Garside’s Ice Cream

NOTABLE FLAVORS: Fluffernutter, Ginger, Milky Way


BIG DADDY’S NORTH

Big Daddy’s North opened 10 years ago. In addition to ice cream they’ve got sherbet, frozen yogurt and sugar-free ice cream. The original Big Daddy’s is in Wells and has been around since 1976.

WHERE: 22 Hollis Road, Hollis Center

HOURS: Noon to 9 p.m. daily

INFO: 929-3200; bigdaddysnorth.com

NOTABLE FLAVORS: Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip, Grape Nut, Piña Colada, Orange Pineapple, Coconut Oreo


Sarah Jenkins puts whip cream on a dugout floor ice cream at Fielder's Choice Ice Cream in Old Orchard Beach. Photos by Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

Sarah Jenkins puts whip cream on a dugout floor ice cream at Fielder’s Choice Ice Cream in Old Orchard Beach.
Photos by Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

FIELDER’S CHOICE

It’s just a quick hop to the beach and town center where sand, waves, rides and other fun awaits. Plus, they’re entire theme is baseball. The menu includes The Dugout Floor, The Muddy Cleat, The Closer, The Slider and The Wind-Up.

WHERE: 156 Saco Ave., Old Orchard Beach

HOURS: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday to Sunday.

INFO: 934-4402, fielderschoiceicecream.com

NOTABLE FLAVORS: Butterfinger, Baked Indian Pudding, Chocolate Almond Joy, Cotton Candy


MARTEL’S

This summer marks Martel’s 30th year in the ice cream business. That means three decades of making frozen magic. They also have an 18-hole mini-golf course on site.

WHERE: 757 Portland Road (Route One), Saco

HOURS: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, open until 10 p.m. in July and August

INFO: 283-1775; martelsicecream.com

NOTABLE FLAVORS: Coffee Oreo, Chocolate Raspberry Delight, Purple Cookie (black raspberry with Oreo pieces).


TOOTS

This stand is actually an old railroad car! You can take a stroll around the family farm and visit with the animals while you enjoy your ice cream.

WHERE: 137 Walnut Hill Road, North Yarmouth

HOURS: Noon to 9 p.m. daily

INFO: 829-3723; tootsicecream.com

NOTABLE FLAVORS: Caramel Cashew Delite, Chocolate Candy Store Floor, Pig Pen, Cherry-O-Charlie, Biscotti Crunch, Maple Bacon


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