Fosselman’s Ice Cream Co.

Best Milkshake Shop, July 2007

Milkshakes should be sufficiently thick to eat with a spoon but not impossible to sip—and they should appear in a tall glass with the metal cup o’ extra on the side. Fosselman’s, in business for 88 years, has switched to plastic cups, but its milk shakes are champions in every other aspect. Choose any flavor—French vanilla bean, cookies and cream, red bean, banana Heath, you name it—and the folks behind the counter will measure the ingredients, made on the premises, and spend a good five minutes at the mixer adjusting, spooning, banging, and wiggling until the perfect texture is achieved. The result is a chilled blast that’s worth the brain freeze every time.