Pack a spoon: This list maps out fav N.B. ice cream stops

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Pack your bowls and spoons for a flavourful road trip across New Brunswick.

Tourism New Brunswick has released a list of New Brunswick's best ice cream shops, compiling them into eight unique road trips across the province. The Hops & Harvest Road Trip, for example, includes a stop at the Chess Piece Ice Cream Truck in Fredericton, while the Ferries & Farms Road Trip recommends Sully's Ice Cream Parlour in Sussex.

A total of 62 ice cream shops are featured on the list.

It's a first-of-its-kind list for the provincial tourism department, according to Ariel Garneau, of Tourism New Brunswick. It was based on public suggestions via social media.

"We've broken down the ice cream places by road trips," she said. "You can look at the road trip lists, see kind of where you are in your travels in the province, and find the best ice cream recommendations nearby."

Cathy Richardson, owner of CC's Treats on Deer Island, has secured a spot on the Fundy Coast Road Trip. This is the ice cream shop's third season in business, and she says it feels great to be on the list in such a short time.

"You're up there with some big dogs," she said.

CC's Treats has developed a following through social media, with people travelling from Moncton and Fredericton for a scoop, she noted. Her husband Christopher Richardson is a captain on the Deer Island ferry and has noted an increase in the number of travellers on the days CC's Treats is open.

"We're kind of the new kid on the block, we were not expecting it," she said of its place on the list. "We are just elated. It's a huge, huge honour."

CC's Treats was borne out of the pandemic when a previous salon and spa business was converted into an ice cream and treat shop. The shop offers 28 flavours of ice cream, several hard milkshakes, Mexican street corn, cheesecakes, lemonade and a variety of pasta salads.

"COVID gave us lemons and we literally made lemonade with it," Richardson said.

Aulac's Trueman Blueberry Farm has been on a variety of lists before, according to owner Tom Trueman, who was not surprised with this new one.

He said the business has been busier this season and getting recognized always feels good.

"We are very pleased," he said. "We work hard to create the best product that we can, and it's nice to be recognized for sure."

Social media is the primary source of communication with the public, he said, and they get a mix of both locals and travellers as their customers.

Laurie Davidson, manager of Dari Delite in Lincoln, said a lot of their customers who move to other areas come back to the community for their ice creams, brownie fudge and milkshakes.

"We've had a lot of people say that," she said.

She said Dari Delite has been in the area for almost 70 years now and has multiple generations of customers that come in.

The news of being listed under the Hops & Harvest Road Trip came to Davidson as a shock.

"That's exciting," she said. "It feels really good, looks like we're doing something right."

Anyone who signs up for Tourism New Brunswick's Explore NB newsletter will receive an email containing a link to a website where the list of best ice cream shops can be found.

Rhythm Rathi, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Telegraph-Journal

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