When I moved to Boston, I was told Boston was the "ice cream capital of the world"... I did a chowhound search today and found only older posts on ice cream. I'm wondering if I may not be using the search engine properly. Have Boston/New England chowhounds ever gotten together and done an ice cream crawl?? Anyway, where can I find real good ice cream, not watered down, and with no funny aftertastes or harsh colorings?? Hard ice cream AND softserv- I'm a fan of both. Anywhere within an hour or two drive of Boston.I often CRAVE vanilla softserve ice cream, but it's not easy to find and you can't buy it in a supermarket to "tide one over"!! I'd love it if you can recommend a few places with tasty softserve. Even Dairy Queens aren't that common anymore, and they close early. That said, I don't really like either Dairy Queen or Carvel. Here are three recent softserve experiences: 1. On August 8, I had softserve vanilla at that seasonal icecream spot in Ipswich, MA on Route 1A with all the fake cows motif. Its consistency was just right, and it was truly COLD, but there was some undernote of taste that wasn't right-like maybe a watered down mix. 2. June and July visits: Rom's in Sturbridge, MA has EXCELLENT vanilla softserve ice cream. 3. July visit: In Hull, on the beach side right over from the carousel, there is a covered "pavillion" where they hold country dance lessons etc, and there is a takeout window right there. They have excellent vanilla softserve ice cream. I will mention some supermarket ice creams I've found that taste pretty good=only four: 1. Godiva Choc Raspberry Truffle, 2.Godiva Choc(Is it Belgian choc? Wildly rich by northeast coastal American standards), 3.Turkey Hill oreo-type, and 4. TurkeyHill plainVanilla. I do not like HaagenDaz or Ben and Jerry's. Hood's and Friendly's=ugh.My chowhound search resulted in the following suggestions: Christina's in Inman Square, Out of a Flower prepackaged ice cream avail. at some specialty gourmet markets, Richardson's in Danvers, and Tosci's. I've never tried any of these.Thank you.