Herrell's Ice CreamAddress: 8 Old South Street, Thornes Market
Town: Northampton, MA 01060
Telephone: (413) 586-9700
Web site: http://www.herrells.com/
Back in 1973, Steve Herrell had a dream: to open an ice cream store which served the highest quality, best tasting ice cream and toppings to be found anywhere. He revolutionized America's stagnant ice cream industry when he founded the original Steve's Ice Cream in Somerville, near Boston Massachusetts, and thereby pioneered the renaissance of homemade, fresh, "gourmet" ice cream. By the end of the first day in business, he had gone through his entire stock of 32 gallons.
By mechanically altering a small batch commercial freezer, Steve produced an extraordinarily rich, creamy, low-air ice cream. He was the first person to grind Heath Bars, Reese's cups, and other name-brand confections and mixed them into ice cream. He introduced "smoosh-ins®" to the world and thereby gave birth to our passion for flavors such as Heath Bar Crunch and Cookies ‘n' Cream, now classics everywhere and staples in today's ice cream industry.
"Herrell is the grandfather of the specialty ice cream industry that has spread from Boston across the country. He made sprinkles a thing of the past when he started stirring M&M's, raisins, Reese's cups and Heath Bar chips into his ice cream."
-- Travel & Leisure Magazine, October, 1986
"Steve froze his place in history with mixins. He was the first person to crush Heath bars and Oreo cookies and mix them into ice cream....In 2000, when Julia Child received the coveted French Legion d'Honneur in Boston at Le Meridien hotel with all her favorite foods prepared by famous chefs, Steve was invited to make vanilla ice cream as part of the dessert. 'It was delicious,' Julia recalled."
-- Bon Appetit Magazine, July, 2003