Sweet Claude's Ice Cream

New Haven Area, Connecticut

3.8 / 3 votes

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Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, and home-made "tofutti"

Coffee/Tea/Juice, Other

Sweet Claude's Ice Cream is family owned and operated by Fred, Diane and Matt Clason. Back in 1987 it started out as a simple idea; Offer a great product in a friendly environment and simply be the best you can. Over 18 years later Sweet Claude's has proved itself to both its faithful customers as well as newcomers.

Offers "tofutti ice cream" made in house!

Added by Joshua Warchol on Aug 18 06 (last updated Apr 17 11)

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Four stars to Sweet Claude's. All their ice-cream and (vegan!) 'tofutti' flavors are made by hand in small batches -- really good stuff.

My husband and I LOVE the "tofutti". The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Cookies and Cream, Pistachio and Mocha Chip flavors are outstanding. In the autumn, they unveil a swoon-worthy Pumpkin (definitely worth traveling for).

The scoopers are always friendly and helpful. Portions are fair and a variety of toppings are available. Located in a repurposed house, the atmosphere is light-hearted and 'small-town friendly'. Limited seating is inside and if you prefer your ice-cream/'tofutti' al fresco, seating is available on benches under a tree or on the wrap-around porch. Certainly a 'sweet' place to take a date.

A couple things to keep in mind before your visit:
First, Sweet Claude's only accepts cash and checks -- no credit cards. They do have an ATM in the store, which is helpful.
Second, it pays to call ahead about 'tofutti' flavors as they tend to rotate options and sometimes only have vanilla and chocolate.

In the end, Sweet Claude's remains my all-time favorite place to get scooped goodness in CT and we look forward to any opportunity to visit.

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This is a quaint ice cream shop located inside a turn-of-the-century house on a hill. It seems to be super-popular so expect long lines, especially on nice days when families come out in droves for ice cream.

Sweet Claude's stands out for making all of their ice cream on-site, and for offering four home-made vegan flavors as well.

I got a a regular-sized cup with half "tofutti" chocolate and half "tofutti" toasted almond ($4.75). I think their use of the word "tofutti" is probably copyright infringement, but oh well. The portion size was pretty large; I could have ordered a small cup and been satisfied.

The ice cream was pretty good. I think the chocolate was slightly too sweet, but the toasted almond was great. I'd love to see a hazelnut option in the future, or maybe something with maple syrup or mint. I'd also love to see them try out ice creams made of coconut, rice or almond milk as well.

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Located at 828 Main Street in Cheshire CT, it's easily accessible from Route 10 approx. 1.5 miles from Hamden and across from North Brooksvale (Route 42). Look for the big red house on the hill.


Wheelchair Accessible

Cash Only


  • American


  • Kid-Friendly
  • Outdoor Seating


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noon - 9pm

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