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Photo by Katharine Schroeder | Seven-year-old Fisher Bakal of Manhattan enjoys an ice cream cone at Mattituck’s Magic Fountain while brother Miles, 6, looks on.

We all know the feeling.

It’s a summer evening. Maybe it’s muggy, maybe not. It doesn’t matter because ice cream is on your mind and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s just won’t do. 

No, you’re craving something more. You want an experience. More than anything, you want to be in control.

Sugar cone or cup, chocolate sprinkles — no, make them rainbow — it has to be your call. And an ice cream parlor is the only place where it can be, from start to finish.

We reached out to readers on social media and asked what their favorite local ice cream place is, along with their favorite flavor.

Fans waxed amorous about Magic Fountain in Mattituck and its array of homemade flavors, including chocolate raspberry truffle, butter pecan and salted caramel.

Snowflake Ice Cream in Riverhead also received a lot of mentions, as did its “Peconic Swamp Thing,” a chocolate ice cream, brownie and raspberry fudge concoction.

No matter where you get your frozen fix, one thing is certain: Fom Wading River to Greenport, ice cream parlors are never hard to find.

Constant Cravings Shop — 6346 Route 25A, Wading River

Baskin Robbins — 1051 Old Country Road, Riverhead

Dari-Land, Route 25 — Riverhead

Drossos Snack Bar, 69125 Main Rd — Greenport

Friendly’s — 949 Old Country Road, Riverhead

Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices — 309 E Main St., Riverhead

Scoops Ice Cream & Candy at Treasure Cove Resort Marina, 469 E. Main St., Riverhead

Snow Flake Ice Cream — 1148 W. Main St., Riverhead

Magic Fountain Ice Cream — 9825 Main Road, Mattituck

Yogurt Expressions — 13175 Main Road, Mattituck

Scoops — 28080 Main Road, Cutchogue

Bonnie Jean’s — 55765 Route 25, Southold

Flavors Dessert Café – 216 Front St., Greenport

Fro-Yopia – 110 Front St., Greenport

NOSH Caffeinery & Tasty Treats – The Square, 300 Main St., Greenport

Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices – 37 Front St., Greenport

Sandpiper – 142 Main St., Greenport

The Idle Hour — Village Lane, Orient

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