Ice cream is the sweet treat beloved by all ages can be found as close as your grocer's freezer. However, several truly amazing ice cream shops are located throughout Illinois and Indiana, offering some of the tastiest scoops of this frozen treat.
The Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor (Illinois)
Located in Forest Park, The Brown Cow's chocolate peanut butter ice cream was named an America's Best Ice Cream by U.S. News & World Report. Styled as an old-fashioned soda shop, the Brown Cow opened in 2004 and is a family-owned business that offers 28 flavors of ice cream as well as homemade root beer and fresh baked pies and cakes. Specialties include The Trough, a 21-scoop sundae that weighs in at a massive gut-busting seven pounds. The Brown Cow offers gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, no sugar added and vegan options as well. Open daily, visit http://www.browncowicecream.com for times and full menu selections.
Whitey's Ice Cream (Illinois)
Established in 1933, Whitey's Ice Cream has four Moline locations. Whitey's features traditional flavors such as rich Dutch chocolate, French vanilla and orange sherbet, as well as original flavors that include Cup O' Joe Espresso, Graham Central Station and Sgt. Camo, a camouflage-colored ice cream with graham crackers, marshmallow ice cream and Whitey's Famous Fudge. Voted Best in the Midwest by Midwest Living Magazine readers, visit Whitey's online at http://www.whiteysicecream.com for hours.
Jarling's Custard Cup (Illinois)
About two and half hours south of Chicago is the town of Danville, home to Jarling's Custard Cup. Established in 1949 by George and Helen Potter, "the Cup" sold three flavors when it opened: vanilla, chocolate and lemon. Wilmer and Dorotha Jarling took over for the Potters 20 years later and expanded the business. Indulge in scoops of custard, sundaes, waffle cones and snowstorms — delectable creations made from Jarling's signature custard and other premium ingredients. Call 217-443-0221 or visit online at http://www.jarlingscustardcup.com.
Traderspoint Creamery (Indiana)
Zionsville is home to the Traderspoint Creamery, a family-owned organic dairy farm and artisan creamery. They are Indiana's first USDA-certified organic dairy farm. Made from organic whole milk and cream, flavors include Dutch chocolate, vanilla, raspberry and a variety of seasonal flavors such as coffee, strawberry and caramel. Visit Traderspoint Creamery online http://www.tpforganics.com for hours, products and more.
Rocket Science Ice Cream (Indiana)
Rocket Science Ice Cream, located in the town of Nappanee's Coppes Commons, is an Amish-owned shop serving delicious frozen treats prepared individually for every customer. What sets this ice cream shop apart from others is its process. Each ice cream serving is flash frozen with liquid nitrogen right before each guest. The flash-freeze produces some of the smoothest ice cream ever enjoyed. Favorite flavors include Coffee Toffee and Triple Berry. The shop is closed Sunday and Monday. Call (574) 773-7003 for more information.
Whether you enjoy ice cream in a bowl, cone or served with fresh fruit, Illinois and Indiana offer some of the best frozen dairy treats.
This article is presented by Bredemann Ford in Glenview, Illinois