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Best ice cream in Washington? I tried twelve stores in two weeks to find out.

10219 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda; 14929 Shady Grove Rd. Suite I, Rockville; 5241 River Road, Bethesda.

Last among the Handmade and Homemade crowd, and indeed the last of them all, was Sarah’s Handmade Ice Cream in Bethesda. Owned by mother and daughter, this mirror-adorned shop is long and narrow, with limited seating outside and a four-seat bench inside. It also serves sweets at the till, in addition to a range of creative and interesting flavours. These include locally inspired names like Rocky Rockville Road and Bethesda Brownie Brickle, as well as caffeine- and alcohol-infused flavors like Bailey’s Irish Chip and the last special flavor of the day I tried, Earl Gray Speculoos. This was one of the most well-received unique flavors, with today’s tasting partner (who also accompanied me to the Dairy Godmother, Mount Desert Island, Dolcezza and Thomas Sweet) rating it the highest among all the unique flavors. The ice cream, which was blue-gray and studded with speculoos cookies, was fragrant and almost floral, with the speculoos crumbs reminiscent of Creamery’s Nutella Biscoff flavor. The chocolate here, as one of my colleagues had warned me, skyrocketed to the number 1 chocolate ice cream we tried. The creamy, almost brownie batter-like consistency and flavor had us scraping the bottom of the cup. If, like us, you’re craving more, Sarah’s also sells select flavors by the pint to take home.

So, what are my takeaways, aside from the need for a month-long break from frozen dessert? As expected, DMV creameries had stiff competition, hence the tie for first place among Dairy Godmother, Everyday Sundae and Sarah’s Handmade: perhaps the perfect outcome, as they represent the “D”, “M” and “V”. ” Tied for second place were Mount Desert Island and Larry’s, both in Northwest Washington.

Still, you can’t go wrong with any of these choices. I’ve visited the cream of the region’s ice cream crop – every place on this list epitomizes what an ice cream parlor should be: the perfect combination of delicious and delectable