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One New England quirk that people from afar often notice is how many seasonal ice cream shops there are in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island (sorry Connecticut). Ice cream has become big business in the Northeast as short summers and mass tourism have led to a surge in popularity for the sweet, creamy treat. But what really sets New England ice cream shops apart from the rest of the country? It can be summed up in one funny but true tweet.

Shared on Reddit by Blue_Eyed_ME It’s all about New England sizes and how they don’t really make any sense. Don’t get us wrong, no complaints at all from the ice cream lover department. We love that a little (1 scoop) can fill a bowl of pasta, and we also love watching an unsuspecting tourist order a large one on a sugar cone and then watch them walk away as if they were balancing on broomsticks. fine china. But if you’re someone who shakes your head at the size of ice cream in New England, you shouldn’t.

Facebook via Fielder’s Choice Ice Cream

Facebook via Fielder’s Choice Ice Cream

Almost everywhere in the country, your ice cream order sizes are much, much smaller. The closest comparison might be some of the gelato shops found in Maine that offer small, medium and large that would be acceptable in 45 other states. The season is short in New England, and ice cream makers want you to live and breathe ice cream all summer long. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Facebook via Fielder’s Choice Ice Cream

Facebook via Fielder’s Choice Ice Cream

Where to find the best ice cream in each of Maine’s 16 counties

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