1. Devon House I-Scream
(@ Devon House, 26 Hope Road, Kingston, Jamaica; 876-929-7038; and locations across Jamaica)
According to Food Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the Globe, a book published by National Geographic, Devon House I-Scream is the world’s “fourth best place to eat ice cream.” We disagree: We say it’s No. 1. For decades, this shop, located within the Devon House Heritage Site in Kingston, has been synonymous with ice cream in Jamaica, and specifically the island’s most popular flavor, Irish stout—or Devon stout, as it’s known here. You can find a similar flavor variety at other shops, but if you truly want the Jamaican ice cream experience, you have to come to Devon House I-Scream. Now a chain with outposts in Mandeville, Ocho Rios and Port Antonio, Devon House I-Scream was recently introduced in London, where it’s sold at the Jamaica Patty Company in Covent Garden. If you must have your stout ice cream made the Devon House way and can’t make it to any of the above anytime soon, Saveur magazine recently published a recipe said to be based on Devon House’s own. But while you might be able to nail the flavor at home, there’s no way to replicate the vibes that come with enjoying your cone on the lush grounds of Devon House, the uptown Kingston estate built by George Stebel, Jamaica’s first black millionaire.
FLAVORS: Bordeaux cherry, butter almond, cherry, chocolate chip, chocolate, coffee, cookie and cream, Devon stout, fuzzie navel, fruit basket, grapenut, guava, Java spirit, rum and raisin, fruits and nuts, pineapple, pistachio, mango, chocolate, One Drop, rocky river, soursop, strawberry, strong back, vanilla.