Tutti frutti, bubblegum or mint choc chip? Let’s be honest, when walking into an ice cream parlour it can be hard to choose what flavour you want in either your waffle cone or tub.

Especially in County Durham, where there are plenty of ice cream shops serving frozen sweet treats to suit everyone’s taste.

With this in mind, we asked Northern Echo readers on Facebook where the best place for an ice cream is (and there were more than 100 comments).

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular suggestions chosen by you.

Some of the best places for ice cream in County Durham according to locals

Belli e Brutti

Location: 51 Saddler Street, Durham, DH1 3NU

One reader commented on our Facebook post: “Belli e Brutti in Durham Centre. Fantastic ice cream !!!”

The Italian ice cream shop opened earlier this year on Saddler Street and also offers “rich coffee, savoury pizza, and delightful cakes”.

On its Instagram page it says: “Serving the finest gelato from Turin, and the best tasting pizza portafoglia of Naples.”

Other customers have also taken to Google reviews to praise the new venue, with one sharing: “Had a few flavours here now, and they’ve all been SO delicious. The mango especially! There are a couple of vegan options, and the service is always amazing. Such good value for money too. A new favourite - can’t wait to try the pizza soon.”

Lickety Split

Location: 13 North Terrace, Seaham, SR7 7EU

Lickety Split received a handful of recommendations from locals as one of the best places for ice cream in County Durham.

The 1950s-style ice cream parlour has plenty of flavours to choose from such as pistachio and Turkish delight – have you tried their Biscoff cone?

Someone on Tripadvisor recently complimented the price of ice creams in their review, posting: “Wonderful ice cream Fab selection Great staff Less than £5 for 2 ice creams Very generous We had bannoffee flavour,it was gawgus. Will go again with the kids,as they do sundaes.”

Rainbow Scoops

Location: 33 Tubwell Row Darlington, Darlington, DL1 1NU

Rainbow Scoops in Darlington claims to offer “approximately 100 flavours” of ice cream as well as a “huge” vegan range.

It’s just one of the many places suggested by our readers when it comes to trying some of the best in the area.

On the shop’s Facebook page, it says: “Ice cream parlour offering100 approx Flavours of ice cream including a huge Vegan range”.

Just some of the flavours include sticky toffee which is described as “genuine Italian style gelato... Smooth and creamy with plenty of soft toffee pieces... Also makes a fabulous milkshake.”

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Ice cream milkshakes are also available from just £4.

Mary’s Ice Cream Parlour

Location: 8 Church Street, Crook, DL15 9BG

Mary’s Ice Cream Parlour is another favourite among our readers.

The family-run business sells milkshakes and sweet boxes as well as ice cream (plus soft serve sundaes with sprinkles, sauces and chocolate flakes).

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Archers Ice Cream

Location: New Moor Farm, Walworth Road, DL2 2UD

As well as the ice cream parlour in Darlington, Archers Ice Cream has another located in Richmond, North Yorkshire at The Station.

It’s been highly recommended by residents in the comments section of our Facebook post.

A couple who was visiting agreed with Northern Echo readers and posted this review on Tripadvisor: “My wife's treat a few days away and she also found this gem. Far to much choice, I took ages to decide. We will be back.”