Ice cream is pretty universally beloved. I have friends who are lactose intolerant and will pop a pill in order to taste the creamy deliciousness. It is well worth the effort and possible discomfort, if you ask me.

This sweet treat has been around for centuries, with iced desserts originating as early as 4000 B.C. Ice cream as we know it, using a combination of ice mixed with salt, may have been around as early as the 13th century.

The versatility of ice cream is one of its greatest attributes. Traditional favorites like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry remain popular, while inventive flavors such as salted caramel, matcha, and lavender have carved out their own fanbases. Artisan ice cream makers experiment with exotic ingredients and bold combinations, pushing the boundaries of this frozen treat.

Beyond scoops in a cone or a bowl, ice cream has found its way into a variety of desserts, including sundaes, milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches, and the trendy rolled ice cream. It also plays a crucial role in iconic dishes like banana splits and baked Alaska.

Food Network put together "50 States, 50 Scoops," a feature that highlights the best ice cream flavors from each state in the United States. Each state's selection showcases a distinct flavor or specialty that represents the local taste and creativity in ice cream making.

Montana's own "most amazing flavor" is credited to Sweet Peaks Ice Cream, which has locations in Whitefish, Kalispell, Missoula, and Bozeman. Food Network describes a flavor called Lemon Pie as the best, but it's not one that we can find on their website. It's possible that they discontinued this flavor, or that it is only available in specific shops. Either way, we think the huckleberry is more "Montana," anyway.

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