Jim’s Ice Cream Barn – Salem NH

8 07 2012

July is National Ice Cream Month, and today we’re pre-gaming for next Sunday’s more specific holiday: National Ice Cream Day. With time in the car under air-conditioning not a problem in the least, Tim and I headed to New Hampshire and found ourselves just across the state line in Salem at Jim’s when I landed a Cinnamon Coffee Cake ice cream cone.

There isn’t much of a history to Jim’s despite being part of a barn that looks like it could long have been part of this landscape. Owners Jim and Kim Solloway opened Jim’s in July of 2010, yet the place seems as though it’s deeply entrenched in the local community already: the only thing missing is the wall full of photos of different Little League teams.

There’s ample seating inside, enough that I was a bit surprised to find that the Barn wasn’t opened year round. I know that if I were a kid whose birthday was in February (rather than my actual August), I’d want to bring my friends here for a party … or at least get an ice cream cake. Outside of the barn there’s a nice bench to sit at, and there are picnic tables and other seating around the barn, though they may be more officially part of other businesses in the building. The only thing missing is much of a view, as what you see is the backside of commercial buildings that face route 28.

Once inside you realize the wealth of options available as two large boards are needed to cover the flavors – one for homemade ice cream, the other for soft serve. It’s always nice when there are new flavors that you need to read descriptions of to figure out what they are (my brother went with the Mocha Carmela by the Sea), and I quickly realized that what I wanted was the cinnamon coffee cake.

The flavor was spectacular with a golden yellow cake ice cream with a crunchy cinnamon swirl that infused every bite. It wasn’t the gooey sloppy cinnamon bun that I was expecting but instead it really was the more grown up cinnamon that you usually find as part of the topping of an actual crumbly coffee cake. The cake ice cream made this a richly decadent delight, and isn’t that exactly what the best ice cream is supposed to be.

This is so close to Massachusetts that it’s tough to think of it as New Hampshire, but then again we did stop at a state liquor store between the state line and here, so it’s not right on the line. The only big shock was that we didn’t spy any fireworks closeout sales in this stretch. Oh, and if you’re going to go with the salty caramel flavor that my brother had, our recommendation is that you go for the pretzel cone to help draw the salty flavor to the fore.

Cone – kiddie $3.35 small $3.85 large $4.35

Sundae – kiddie $4.35 small $4.85 large $5.35

Frappe $5 (?) or go on Thirsty Thursday when they are $4

Jim’s Ice Cream Barn

5 Kelly Road #1R, Salem, NH 03079

603 890-3500

Open April-October

Daily noon-9p (8p before Memorial Day)





6 responses

7 09 2012
James Donahue

Well, this place could have some competition, since Jay Gee’s ice cream is moving in not to far from this location, and it’s got a hamburger place in it as well, similer to what Kimball has in Lancaster with it’s grill shack.

23 09 2012
James Donahue

Uh, bad news, but it seems that the season has been shortened. According to their facebook page, this place will be closing on September 30th! Blaah.

1 11 2013

There are now rumors that Jim’s Ice Cream Barn will be having their final season and could be closing forever after Labor Day, thanks to Jay Gee’s across the street.

2 11 2013
Kim Solloway

Jim’s Ice Cream Barn will not be closing!! The 2013 ice cream season was the best ever thanks to our loyal patrons!! We have an awesome indoor parlor and a huge outdoor seating deck for you to enjoy your treats. Jim’s Ice Cream Barn is seasonal and is open April to Sept. See you April 2014!! 🙂

27 02 2015

Well, One year later, you closed!

28 02 2015

We sold the building to TSR and they wanted Jim’s space for extra inventory space so we had to sadly close Jim’s Ice Cream Barn. So now we don’t have to read your dumb comments.

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