2011: Best Ice Cream
2010: Best Ice Cream Parlor
2008: Best Ice Cream
201 Second St.
Since 1972 in Milton and 1981 in Lewes, King’s Homemade Ice Cream has put the social in ice cream social. When you head to King’s in either town, friendly service is a given and you’re likely to bump into someone you know. (Did you know the Lewes location, now owned and operated by a third-generation of Kings, is celebrating 30 years?) Of course, great ice cream is an important part of the formula—and King’s has won many Best of Delaware awards through the years. But it’s the experience of sitting or standing outside the store, enjoying the ice cream with friends and strangers alike, that helps make this hometown parlor special.
King’s Homemade Ice Cream has branched out to make delicious frozen yogurt and Italian ice. But the same 16 flavors have been served since the 1970s. The banana ice cream requires 16 pounds of ripe bananas per 10-gallon batch, so you can believe the flavor is full. Nobody tops King’s butter pecan or black raspberry, and attempts are being made to produce a new Dutch chocolate flavor, which, we hear, is loaded with chunks of dark chocolate. But here’s the real scoop: There’s nothing like sitting on a bench in front of King’s shop in Lewes on a hot summer day with a vanilla cone.
Other location: 302 Union St., Milton, 684-8900
Best of Delaware History:
2011 Best Ice Cream, Downstate, Readers 2010 Best Ice Cream Parlor, Downstate, Critics 2008 Best Ice Cream, Downstate, Critics 2007 Best Ice Cream Parlor, Downstate, Critics 2006 Best Ice Cream Parlor, Downstate, Critics 2005 Best Milkshakes, Readers 2005 Best Homemade Ice Cream, Readers 2004 Best Homemade Ice Cream, Readers 2003 Best Homemade Ice Cream, Readers 2000 Best Ice Cream of Kent and Sussex County, Readers 1999 Best Ice Cream of Kent and Sussex County 1997 Best Ice Cream 1996 Best Ice Cream of Sussex County 1996 Best Ice Cream of Kent County 1995 Best Ice Cream of Sussex County, Readers 1985 Best Specialty Flavor 1985 Best Ice Cream