The 10 Best Ice Cream Parlors in New Mexico!

We all scream for ice cream at the best ice cream parlors in New Mexico! You’ll find locally-made flavors, soft-serve delights and creamy custard concoctions at these 10 excellent ice cream parlors. 

1. Taos Cow Ice Cream, Arroyo Seco, NM

For more than 20 years, this little shop has been making all natural premium ice cream that’s rBGH-free, an acronym for no recombinant bovine growth hormone. They don’t skip on the scoop with any of their unique and traditional flavor combinations. Yes, they have chocolate and vanilla and strawberry, but they also have some inventive southwestern tastes. Try the Chocolate Rio Grande—chocolate ice cream with piñon nuts, dark chocolate soft chunks and pecans direct from the New Mexico Pecan Company in Las Cruces. Or get a scoop of Lavender—flavored with organic New Mexican culinary lavender from Los Poblanos and the Purple Adobe Lavender Farm. A sweet treat that hits the spot on any day.

2. Kaleidoscoops, Carlsbad, NM

Grab a waffle cone and fill it with one, two or three of any of the 75 flavors of ice cream, the largest selection in the area, at this everyone-can-find-something-they-like store. Whether you get a cone or a cup, the hand-scooped ice cream is rich, creamy and delicious. Frozen yogurt, sherbet and sorbet are also on-hand. Try a root beer float, shake or smoothie for a blended treat. Ever had tiramisu ice cream? Here’s the place to try it!

3. Aspen Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Farmington, NM

Create your own froyo … frozen yogurt … concoction at this self-serve, soft frozen dessert store. On any given day, there are at least 60 different flavors of yogurts and sorbets plus 90 choices of toppings available. This sweet treat also has some healthy benefits with high levels of live and active cultures and probiotics. Most yogurts are either non-fat or low-fat, with gluten-free, dairy-free and no sugar options available. Grab a cup and get creative. Pick up a loyalty card for double-punch Tuesday discounts.

4. Old Benson Ice Cream Stop, Benson, NM

Look for the giant vintage ice-cream cone sign in town and stop in for some soft-serve in cone or a cup in your choice of flavor because the selection includes 50 different options. Also on the menu are shakes, malts, smoothies, sundaes, banana splits, parfaits, hand-scooped ice cream and glaciers—soft serve blended with your choice of any one of the dozens of toppings. No inside seating, but there’s a drive-thru for easy pick-up. This is a tiny place with a huge menu. Of note: Prickly pear is a popular choice!

5. Old Tyme Shop & Ice Cream Parlor, Tijeras, NM

You’ll find a little bit of everything in this store, not the least of which is lip-smacking good ice cream that’s used in malts, floats, sodas, splits, cones and cups. Wander the store as you enjoy a sweet indulgence from a selection of traditional and unique ice cream flavors. There’s vintage collectibles, barn yard antiques, classic toys, old-time photos and even poodle skirts in the bathroom. Plus the owners host open mic jam sessions, horse shoe parties and lawn movies. Local car and motorcycle clubs begin poker runs and cruise-in’s here. You can even play the New Mexico State Lottery. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 12 to 7 p.m.

6. La Lecheria: New Mexico Craft Ice Cream, Santa Fe, NM

The name means dairy in Spanish and, oh boy, does this owner know how to tinker with milk products. The milk and cream come direct from Rasband Creamery in Albuquerque. Eggs are local and all the fruit used is from local farmers. No stabilizers, preservatives or artificial anything are used in the process. Ingredients are sourced locally. And the flavors are mouthwatering: Seasonal choices include bischochito donut, green chile, brown sugar herb and two vegan choices, mango red chile sorbet and papaya sorbet. Everyday choose from classic vanilla, Iconik coffee, mint chip or chocolate sea salt. Try a flight—four golf ball-sized scoops of your choice.

7. Chill Zone Frozen Yogurt, Bernalillo, NM

This locally-owned and operated, family run froyo spot is a popular neighborhood haunt year-round … since ice cream doesn’t have a season. You’ll find a rotating selection of flavors and wet and dry toppings at this self-serve store. Popular combinations include salted caramel corn, red velvet cake, pomegranate raspberry tart and watermelon sorbet. For those health-conscious dessert lovers, frozen yogurt is full of probiotic properties that are good for you. Gluten free, vegan and kosher options available.

8. The Frosty Cow, Abiquiu, NM

You have to go through Abiquiu at just the right time of the year to get a scoop from this tiny ice cream shack. It’s only open seasonally—late spring through late fall. But the ice cream is worth getting off the beaten track to try. Soft serve or hand-scooped is the base for milkshakes, sundaes, malts and is spooned into waffle and regular cones. Lots of fla-vors to choose from. Sit outside on the covered patio and chat with the owners at this small family business that’s been scoopin’ since 2009.

9. I Scream Ice Cream, Albuquerque, NM

This is a fun house for kids and adults that just happens to not only serve great ice cream but has candy and toys, too. It’s a one-of-a-kind place with an amusement park environment and a friendly owner who knows how to make an impression. With 32 flavors of ice cream and 33 toppings, there is certainly something for everyone including shakes and malts and even chocolate covered bananas on a stick. A great night out that’s all about having a good time.

10. Caliche’s Frozen Custard, Las Cruces, NM

Frozen custard differs from ice cream in one critical area—it’s got more fat in it which comes from the addition of egg yolks to the milk and cream. That’s what makes is so darn good. It’s rich and creamy and luscious and accommodates a wide-range of flavors and toppings which the store is chockfull of. And of course, they’re known for their green chili sundae … try it in a waffle bowl … green chile smoothie and green chile Caliche. Sweet and spicy doesn’t taste any better than this. Drive thru or walk up and order. Outdoor bench seating only.

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