Best Ice Cream 

Big Dipper

Readers' Pick

We think of the Big Dipper as Missoula’s equivalent of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory (from the original 1971 movie, not the abomination that was the 2005 remake starring Johnny Depp), because the shop always pushes the envelope with its creative and quirky flavors, like the Honey Lavender ice cream it recently made for LocalFest. It’s been known to incorporate local beer, eggnog, even bacon in its creations. No matter the ingredients, it’s good. Which is why the line outside the Big Dipper about stretches to Brooks Street on any given summer night. And why Food & Wine recently named it one of the best ice cream shops in the county. And why our readers could have told the magazine that years ago. Big Dipper: 631 S. Higgins, 543-5722, bigdippericecream.com

Finalists, Best Ice Cream

2. Cold Stone Creamery: 3275 N. Reserve, 549-5595, coldstonecreamery.com

3. Dairy Queen: Multiple Locations, 549-6075, dairyqueen.com

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