ITHACA, N.Y. — A new ranking from names two Ithaca ice cream shops as among the best in all of Upstate New York.


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Ithaca’s Purity Ice Cream and Sweet Melissa’s Ice Cream Shop both made the cut of the 21 best places to get ice cream, joining  Custard’s Last Stand in the Adirondacks and Kurver Kreme in the Albany area.

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Here’s a bit of what the writers had to say about Purity:

“Flavors include Finger Lakes Tourist, a chocolate ice cream with hazelnuts and chocolate chunks; Sleepers Awake, coffee ice cream with fudge swirl and chocolate chunks; and Icy Buns, cinnamon ice cream with caramel swirl and pecan krunchies.

And about Sweet Melissa’s:

“Here, customers can choose from a variety of creative flavors such as Lemon Ricotta, Bubblegum and Funfetti Rumcake. The ice cream shop even made a flavor in honor of Mayor Svante Myrick called Svante’s Inferno…

Read the full list here.

Of course, Ithacans know that Sweet Melissa’s and Purity are also complemented with trips to Dolce Delight and the Cornell Dairy Bar.

Check out our photo gallery of the revamped Purity here.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.