What Is A Creemee? Where To Find The Best Creemees In Vermont

everything you need to know about the Vermont Creemee

By the time I arrived in New England, I had expected the tradition of Vermont creemees to have buckled under the weight of snow. It was still winter; temperatures flitted near freezing. Hard-core Vermonters, immune to brain freeze and the sting of cold air, settled into long lines winding out of farm stands capped in thick blankets of white. On those March days, I felt out-of-place. There I was, a travel writer from the South shoving her hands deep into her pockets to keep warm, second-guessing if the Vermont creemee is worth it.

It was. Here’s why. Vermont creemees aren’t just summer specials. They feel like summer: soft-serve as cool as coastal waves, cones the color of sand, wispy traces of vanilla and blackberry.

What Is A Creemee?

maple vermont creemee with maple dust from Morse Farm

Creemees are machine-pumped frozen desserts known for their smooth, airy, and velvety texture. They’re an only-in-Vermont treasure.

So Is A Creemee Different From A Soft-Serve?

vanilla creemee in a cone

Vermont creemees are soft-serves. But soft-serve isn’t lingo that comes naturally out of Vermonters’ mouths, so everyone here just calls soft-serves “creemees” (side note: Vermonters will give you a hard stare if you refer to a soft-serve as anything but a creemee. They are very passionate about the word so use it).

There are lots of theories as to why. This Eater article suggests that creemee is a blend of the phrase crème glacée (why else would there be two sets of two es?). A more popular take is that Vermont creemees are creamier; they have a higher-base butterfat content, so one day, someone spelled that out, and the name stuck.

Creemee Flavors

maple black raspberry twist in Burlington

Akin to soft-serves, creemees come in popular flavors like vanilla and chocolate. But there’s more that’s well-loved in Vermont.

More Vermont Creemee Flavors:

  • Maple: the classic Vermont creemee, typically made with pure Vermont maple syrup. Think caramel-like tones with a hint of smokiness.
  • Black Raspberry: lush, fruity tartness that gently cuts a creemee’s sweetness (my favorite flavor)
  • Coffee: a little bitter, a little sweet, smooth, and fragrant

Travel Tip: Try a Maple Black Raspberry twist. This way, you get the best of two creemee flavors in one billowing mass!

Where To Find Vermont Creemees

stand labelled creemees with sign that reads "today's flavor maple" in Monteplier

When warm weather swings in, creemee purveyors’ windows slide open. Vermonters (dressed in loose-fitting sandals, summery shorts, and cropped sleeved tees) wait in line for a cone. The piped peaks of creemees draw crowds.

You’ll find creemees everywhere in Vermont in the summertime: at nameless roadside hideaways (usually just titled “Creemee Stand”), festivals, sugar shacks, and farms worth driving out to.

Best Creemees In Vermont

Bragg Farm in Vermont

Bragg Farm

Open year-round, Bragg Farm is a good intro to Vermont maple culture. You can learn about maple sugaring, watch an info-heavy video, and sample Vermont-grade maple. Afterward, try one of Bragg Farm’s maple-rich creemees. 

General Info

Address: 1005 VT-14 N, East Montpelier, VT 05651

Canteen Creemee

Canteen’s flare for flavors and heart for innovation are two good reasons to go. This unfussy eatery is known for its off-the-wall (and ever-changing) creemee choices like honey lemon basil, mint, and ginger.

General Info

Address: 5123 Main St, Waitsfield, VT 05673

Cookie Love

Forget cookies and cream. Cookie Love is where to go for cookies and creemees (hint: their coffee maple twists are creemee perfection).

General Info

Address: 6915 US-7 North, Ferrisburgh, VT 05473

Morse Farm

That maple dust topping. Oh my goodness. Brace yourself. Morse Farm’s signature maple dust is the fairytale sprinkling all creemees need.

General Info

Address: 1168 County Rd, Montpelier, VT 05602

Offbeat Creemee

Offbeat Creemee drains Vermont creemees of milk and pours in a new mixture that’s entirely plant-based. Its vegan coconut and oat vanilla creemees are still dense and almost ice-cream-like in their thickness.

General Info

Address: 62 Pine St, Winooski, VT 05404

Palmer Lane

Go to Palmer Lane on an early fall day when you can feel the crunch of leaves beneath your feet. Palmer Lane twists its maple creemees with the taste of autumn. Real Vermont maple mouthfuls are swirled with seasonal flavors like pumpkin and apple cinnamon.

General Info

Address: 19 Old Pump Rd, Jericho, VT 05465

Vermont Maple Market

Maple crunch twirls down a tower of maple creemee, rising high above crisp cones. Seconds, please.

General Info

Address: 1124 US-7, Middlebury, VT 05753

Yes, You Can Make A Creemee At Home. Here’s How.

If you really want to taste a Vermont creemee but aren’t planning a trip to the Green Mountain State right now, try this Vermont-summer-inspired recipe by Master Chef contestant Hetal Vasavada. It’s generous with Vermont maple (a must) and spiced with a kulfi-style infusion of cardamom and pistachios.

sincerely anshula

Have you ever tried a Vermont creemee? What are your favorite places for creemees in Vermont? This is by no means a comprehensive list and I’m always looking for new places to try.


  • May
    June 7, 2023 at 10:38 PM

    You spelled creemee correctly! More places for creemees are the Creemee Stand in Wilmington. Ultra creamy texture. Ren Hen has the best cones.

    • Anshula Varma
      June 8, 2023 at 2:32 PM

      Oh, those sound really mouthwatering! Thanks for commenting your creemee recs! I just noticed that Red Hen is a bakery too and their waffle cones look so, so good!

  • Marie
    June 8, 2023 at 11:46 AM

    It would have been so much more helpful if you had stated where all these wonderful creamy places are. I’d love to check them all out but without any info on location, it could become nearly impossible.

    • Anshula Varma
      June 8, 2023 at 2:36 PM

      Hi Marie, the addresses for all the creemee locations are in the general info boxes (they are listed after a label titled address)! Were you looking for something specific in regards to addresses beyond that?

    • Dave
      June 10, 2023 at 7:38 AM

      Marie, They are all over Vermont not just the few mentioned in this article

  • Charity Colglazier
    June 8, 2023 at 2:01 PM

    If you’re looking for the best creemee in southern Vermont, look no further than Gougers Market and Deli in Brattleboro Vermont. Their Creemees come in the original Vanilla, chocolate and twist (vanilla and chocolate mix) flavors as well as multiple flavor burst (a ribbon of flavor running through vanilla) flavors. Hands down Gougers creemees are so creamy and delicious and their prices can’t be beat. Gougers is located on Canal Street in Brattleboro Vermont.

    • Anshula Varma
      June 8, 2023 at 2:39 PM

      I need to book a return trip to Vermont ASAP. Gougers sounds so good, especially the flavor burst! Thank you so much for sharing! I know this comment will help our readers find the best creemee location for them.


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