There was a small ice cream parlor in the midwest called "Silas & Maddy's" that made the most wonderful ice cream the first few years it was open. The ice cream was smooth and they didn't skimp on fresh ingredients. I remember the blueberry cheesecake ice cream was full of lots of plump real fruit! The Rocky Road was full of big, fluffy chunks of marshmallow and lots of toasted almonds. But after they'd been open for a few years, the store became more commercial and lost its homemade quality.
I enjoy Cold Stone Creamery ice cream stores because you can choose your own ingredients that are mixed in right before serving. It's pricy, but a nice occasional treat. I especially love their chocolate and peanut butter creations served on a waffle cone. Even the smallest size is too big for a dessert, though. It's more like a meal replacement!