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Mt. Tom’s Homemade Ice Cream & Candy Store

by Mt. Tom's Homemade Ice Cream & Candy Store
(Easthampton, Massachusetts)

Mt. Tom's Homemade Ice Cream & Candy Store, located in downtown Easthampton, Massachusetts, offers visitors an old-fashioned ice cream parlor experience...along with delicious homemade ice cream!

What’s so special about Mt. Tom’s Homemade Ice Cream & Candy Store

There are a lot of things that make Mt. Tom’s Homemade Ice Cream & Candy Store special. First and foremost, the ice cream, as they say in New England, is wicked good. It’s hard to argue that few businesses will succeed without a great product. This is particularly true when it comes to selling ice cream in New England. Boasting the highest in the U.S. ‘per capita’ ice cream consumption, in spite of cold winters, New Englanders just know their ice cream.

The ice cream you’ll find here at Mt. Tom’s represents over 50 years of ice cream making craftsmanship, consistently voted among the ‘best in the Valley’ by popular local publication, the Valley Advocate.

Mt. Tom’s is owned by Jim Ingram who attributes his ice cream making expertise to his Dad, Dave Ingram. Dave, classically trained in food and dairy chemistry, was the lead ice cream flavor developer and quality control chemist at Howard Johnson’s back when they were introducing the world to the concept of gourmet super-premium ice cream. He would later go on to own and operate his own successful ice cream shops in the Boston area before finally retiring a few years ago. But not before he could pass along his skills in the fine art of ice cream making to his son Jim. Since then, Jim has been hard at work creating some of the finest homemade ice cream you’ll ever find. But don’t just take my word for it, come on down and try it for yourself.

Made Right Here

Their ice cream is made right on the premises and in full view of customers. It’s super-premium 14% butterfat and is super-creamy and flavorful. It’s made with just the right amount of sweetness, yet with no skimping on all the other delights mixed throughout the more than 150 different flavors in the Mt. Tom’s repertoire. You can find 53 flavors to choose from at any time!

Flavors range from classic vanilla, made with pure 100% bourbon vanilla from Madagascar, to butter pecan to chocolate chip cookie dough and nearly everything in between. Special flavors are rotated in daily. These include flavors for the connoisseur – how about ginger, Mexican chocolate, honey lavender, red raspberry chocolate chip or mojito sorbet? Seasonal flavors such as eggnog, pumpkin pie, and Festivus (brown sugar and cinnamon with gingerbread pieces and a caramel swirl) are offered during the appropriate season. Part of the fun of going to Mt. Tom’s is discovering what new and intriguing flavors Jim’s cooked up for that week. And if you don’t see your favorite, just ask, and he’ll be happy to whip up a
batch soon!

Mt. Tom’s also offers their own homemade low-fat frozen yogurt, no sugar added ice cream, gelato, sherbet, and sorbet. They do custom homemade ice cream cakes and pies too, always having plenty available for that last-minute dessert. And with just a day’s notice, they can create a custom ice cream cake with any two flavors you’d like. They’ll even decorate it for no additional charge.

Sundaes, Smoothies, & Much More

An ice cream shop is only as good as its ice cream, but presentation is, quite literally, the cherry on top of the sundae. At Mt. Tom’s, you can find a wide array of toppings such as rich, dark hot fudge, caramel, butterscotch, marshmallow, and wet walnuts (walnuts in maple syrup for you non-Yankees). You won’t be disappointed by their whipped cream which too is homemade, as are the brownies in bottom of their brownie sundaes.

Did I mention that Mt. Tom’s is also an old-fashioned candy store with over 238 candy jars full of nearly every kind of candy you can think of? So if it’s gummy worms you’d like on your sundae, you’re in luck! Their frappes are also a creamy slice of heaven (although folks around here call them milkshakes).

Don’t hesitate to ask for one of your old favorites – a lime rickey, ice cream soda, root beer float, banana split, even an egg cream can be had at Mt. Tom’s!

An Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor Experience

Speaking of cherry on top, as you can see from the photographs, Mt. Tom’s offers an authentic old-fashioned ice cream parlor experience. Fully equipped with a soda fountain shop counter with red padded stools, twenty foot high tin ceilings, and old hardwood floors, this place will make you feel like you’ve truly stepped back to a time when life was simpler and less hurried.

Overflowing with small-town charm and friendly service, Mt. Tom’s is simply a great place to enjoy some of the best ice cream you’ve ever tasted. And as if that weren’t enough, you’ll find an old-fashioned candy store, gourmet chocolate shop, and espresso bar built right into it! So whether it’s a homemade waffle cone of pistachio nut, a stack of Mallo Cups, or a custom homemade ice cream cake to go, Mt. Tom’s has just what your sweet tooth is craving.

They even do birthday parties and offer free wi-fi!

Feel free to take it to go and enjoy it while you sit outside, café style, at a table on the sidewalk or while you take a leisurely stroll around the beautiful pond right in their backyard.

So what are you waiting for? Come on by!


You can find Mt. Tom’s in downtown Easthampton, Massachusetts, just west of Springfield at 34 Cottage Street. Directions and more information can be found at

Mt. Tom's Homemade Ice Cream & Candy Store
34 Cottage Street
Easthampton, Massachusetts 01027

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Dec 18, 2008
by: Anonymous

What a great place filled with friendly people (not to mention great ice cream!) I personally recommend the seasonal flavor girl scout thin mint, or the old staple; coconut.

Dec 18, 2008
Hooray for Mt Tom's
by: Ice Cream Fanatic

I tell friends that Mt. Tom's was the selling point for us moving to Easthampton, and if he ever leaves we will put our house on the market! Best mocha chip I've ever had, carries Sky Bars (not easy to find), and the special flavor list always has a treat in store for you. Right now "festivus" is all the rage in our household, even sparking wars over who finished the last serving without consulting others! Of all the New England ice cream I have sampled over the years his is among the very best, if you are on the Mass Pike or I-91 make it a point to detour to our little hamlet and drop in to say hi. You will not be disappointed.

Dec 17, 2008
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by: Sheisafiresign

Mt. Tom's ice cream is well worth any drive, walk or bus ride to get there. The ice cream is always flavorful without being way over the top, and the atmosphere is fun, calm and relaxing at the same time. It truly is one of the most magical, amazing and awesome places on Earth. But that's just my humble opinion. Check it out for yourself to see! (And you MUST get the Coconut ice cream!)

Dec 17, 2008
Another vote for Mt. Tom's!
by: ValleyWriter

I love Mt. Tom's. The ice cream is always fresh, creamy & delicious. And I love trying all the new flavors (the selections are always changing). So far my favorite is pumpkin pie - it even has little chunks of pie crust in it. Yum!

Dec 16, 2008
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by: Anonymous

I'll attest to the greatness of Mt. Tom's. Their ice cream is the best in the area! Thanks for the interview.

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