Photo: Courtesy of Calabash Creamery

Homemade flavors, fresh ingredients, and an unbelievable ice cream challenge—this North Carolina ice cream shop has it all, and it’s now the top beach ice cream shop of the summer!

By Lauren Phillips

Every week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, our readers are voting for the best spots of the summer—and this week’s winner for the Best Ice Cream Shop is Calabash Creamery in Calabash, North Carolina!

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Tucked just across the border from South Carolina, Calabash Creamery is close to the Calabash River, the Intracoastal Waterway, and nature preserve Bird Island, in crowd-favorite Brunswick County. The family-owned shop offers a nostalgic ice cream experience, with homemade flavors made with high-quality, fresh ingredients. Since its 2003 opening, Calabash Creamery has served up fresh, sweet scoops with plenty of Southern hospitality, and customers can always expect a smile from Calabash Creamery's staff with their cones.

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All of Calabash Creamery’s ice creams are made with 16 percent butterfat cream, and the flavor list here has everything from classics like chocolate peanut butter cup and s’mores to specialties like key lime pie and sunset peach (only available in July!). Calabash Creamery also sells custom ice cream cakes and pies, which have either a graham cracker or a chocolate crust. And, if you’re a true ice cream fan, consider trying the Kitchen Sink Challenge: 24 scoops of ice cream (one of every flavor they serve) with 20 toppings, whipped cream, and 12 cherries. Eat it all within one hour to beat the challenge (and recover from your brain freeze later).

Congratulations to last week’s winner for Best Crab Cake, Crabcake Factory USA in Ocean City, Maryland! Click here to see all the winners so far, and don’t forget to vote in this week’s competition: What’s the Best Beach Amusement Park in America? Keep an eye on our Best of Summer 2017 voting schedule to make sure you don’t miss a single competition!

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Congratulations, Calabash Creamery!

Photo: Courtesy of Calabash Creamery