Scooper Bowl Returns to Boston June 9-11

Filed in Food & Dining, Things To Do by on May 26, 2009 0 Comments

Ice cream and summer go together like Christmas and peppermint sticks. If you’ve been craving something cold, creamy, and sweet, then mark your calendar for the 27th annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowlice_cream presented by FedEx. This all-you-can-eat ice cream event runs June 9-11 from noon to 8pm at City Hall Plaza in downtown Boston (right near the Government Center T-station).

Sampling ice cream from nine of the nation’s leading ice cream companies is pretty sweet, but even sweeter is the fact that all of the money raised goes to the Jimmy Fund, which supports cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Over the last 26 years, the event has raised more than $2 million. Last year alone, it raised $345,000. It can get pretty darn crowded, since a lot of offices in the area make Scooper Bowl an annual field trip, but it’s always a fun event (I went with my office several years ago). Adult admission (10+years) is $8, admission for children 3-9 is $4, and children under 3 get in free.

Can’t wait until June 9 to get your ice cream fix? Here are some of Boston’s favorite ice cream shops:

JP Licks: This Boston summer staple originated in Jamaica Plain, but it now has locations in Coolidge Corner and Harvard Square, on Newbury Street, and several more places. They offer fat-free and lactose-free offerings and usually have some Red Sox-themed flavors (right now it’s the Cherry Ortiz instead of the Cherry Garciaparra).

Emack & Bolio’s: Started by a group of free-spirited lawyers during the seventies as a solution to Boston’s blue laws (which dictated that clubs close at midnight), this colorful ice cream shop was named for two of the homeless men that the lawyers did pro bono work for. E&B now has locations in Washington Square, Back Bay, the Fenway, Cambridge, and more.

Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream: Located in Cambridge’s Inman Square, Christina’s servces a dizzying array of ice cream and sorbet flavors including Sex on the Beach, banana cinnamon, carrot cake, and more.

Toscanini’s: This Cambridge ice cream shop has been called “the world’s best ice cream” by the New York Times. Locals love the creamy goodness and the hipster vibe at its Central Square location. Tosci’s rotates around forty¬†different¬†flavors, including French vanilla, rum raisin, chai, and burnt caramel.

Tell us! Have you attended Scooper Bowl? What was your favorite flavor? And which of these ice cream shops will you be frequenting this summer?

Flickr photo courtesy of roboppy

Scooper Bowl information for 2010

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A contributing writer/blogger for, Susan Johnston lives and writes near Fenway Park. She loves exploring the city and has also contributed to The Boston Globe,, and many other places.

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