Ample Hills Creamery

Restaurants, Ice cream parlors Prospect Heights
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Devour an Elvis ice cream cone at Ample Hills Creamery
Photograph: Virginia RollisonDevour an Elvis ice cream cone at Ample Hills Creamery
Ample Hills Creamery
Baby, I Was Churned This Way at Ample Hills Creamery
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

At this madcap scoop shop, try one of the inventive flavors like maple-bacon, chocolate malted or Sunday brunch (cinnamon-infused custard with chunks of French toast) dreamed up by local dad (and former sci-fi writer) Brian Smith. As they wait for their cones to be scooped, kids can read ice cream-themed books in the store's play space, press their noses to the production-room window and marvel at a one-of-a-kind stationary bike, which can be pedaled to churn out the frosty delight.


Venue name: Ample Hills Creamery
Address: 623 Vanderbilt Ave
Cross street: at St. Marks Ave
Opening hours: Sun-Thu noon-11pm; Fri, Sat noon-midnight
Transport: Subway: B to 7th Ave; 2, 3 to Bergen St
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Yassss. Hands-down, best ice cream ever. Ample Hills is the best thing that's happened to me since... well, maybe discovering how to make smores in the microwave when I was 10?! :-) They let you try several flavors before deciding, AND you can mix flavors. Bring a friend who isn't "big on ice cream," and you'll make them a believer.


Yesterday, I followed up my 2-hour workout with 2 scoops of rich ice cream on a pretzel cone (my weakness!). It was totally worth it. I ordered Sweet as Honey and my favorite flavor, Ooey Gooey Butter Cake. It was 90º out, and almost nothing could conquer the heat, not cold water nor air conditioning, but this late-night snack gave me the distraction I needed. You can taste how fresh the ice cream is; even the mix-ins are homemade, and it shows. Good vibes, good ice cream, and the line moved swiftly. I love the Brooklyn pride of the place, and how it's named after the Walt Whitman quote, "I too lived-Brooklyn of Ample Hills, was mine."

Cold Stone who? Ample hills easily takes the cake for the place to get the best ice cream in the city. I've been coming here for years and don't plan on stopping. I'll even be seen here in the coldof Winter! Every season they will promote new and funky flavors that will have you scratching your head, with names like "Salty Crack Caramel" or "Peppermint Pattie", but one sample tasting will have you asking to try all of them. My favorites are Peppermint Pattie and Vanilla Malted (however I now believe the latter has been discontinued), but any flavor you decide will be worth it for any ice cream aficionado


Snap: ITGraham.

If you haven't had ample hills ice-cream yet- then you never had amazing ice-cream. Nothing can compare- the ooey gooey flavor is a must. There will most definitely be a line down the block but it is 100% worth the wait you won't be disappointed! 

So I saw the long line and at first I thought, "Aagh, it's not worth it for me today..." I started to walk out. "Well....maybe I'll try it. I can leave if it takes too long."

I see a girl walking around giving out samples. "Yeah, I'm going to stay long enough to get one of these!!! Then I can leave."

The sample was delicious. I stayed. The line started moving faster and I chatted a bit with the guy behind me and his daughter, who gave me some flavor recs when I said it was my first time there. Some of which I'll definitely try the next time(s).

When I got up front, I tasted Bourbon Street (good, but I decided I was in the mood for chocolate). I asked the server, "What was the flavor you guys were sampling a few minutes ago--Chocolate Saucer?"

She looked confused and then said, "Oh no, it's the Dark Chocolate - soft serve."

Oops. Duh on me. I asked to try the Dark Chocolate hard ice cream, just for comparison. She gave me some on a spoon--that one was delicious too, so I decided to get a cup of that one. 

When leaving, I saw two guys walk in and walk out ("This line is too long"). I told them it moved pretty fast for me and they also had some good samples, so one of the guys said, "Okay, you sold me!! We're staying."  

I definitely will have to come here again this summer, the ice cream is seriously amazing.