One of the oddities of New England that out-of-towners often notice is how many seasonal ice cream parlors there are in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island (sorry, Connecticut). Ice cream has become big business in the Northeast, as the short summer season and massive tourism cause the sweet, creamy treat to soar in popularity. But what really sets New England ice cream parlors apart from the rest of the country? It can be summed up with a funny but true tweet.
Shared by Blue_Eyed_ME on Reddit, it’s all about New England sizes and how they don’t mean anything. Don’t get us wrong, there are no complaints at all in the ice cream lovers department. We love how a small scoop (1 scoop) can fill a pasta bowl, and we love watching an unsuspecting tourist order a big scoop on a cone and watch them walk away like they were on a broom Like finely balanced china. But if you’re someone who shakes your head at the size of ice cream in New England, you shouldn’t.
Almost everywhere else in the country, you order ice cream in a much smaller size. The closest comparison might be some ice cream parlors in Maine, which offer small, medium, and large ice creams, which are acceptable in the other 45 states. Seasons are short in New England, and ice cream makers want you to live and breathe ice cream all summer long. We have no choice.