I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! While we all love ice cream, there’s something special about ice cream in the Midwest. Maybe it’s the freshly milked cows that produce the creamiest, milkiest scoops, or the ingenious, original flavors, these Midwest ice cream spots come up with. Either way, it’s time for you to take a trip to the top ice cream spots in the Midwest.
Using only the best Wisconsin milk, the award-winning, creamy custard at Zesty’s Frozen Custard, is not to be missed. Choose from vanilla, chocolate, or the flavor of the day, and get your custard in a Scramble or a Sundae. The Cookie Jar Scramble includes vanilla or chocolate custard mixed with fudge, Oreo, and cookie dough – a cookie and custard lover’s dream. Or, you can never go wrong with a classic Banana Split to share with your friends.
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Le Mars, Iowa is known as the Ice Cream Capital of the World, and the small town makes more ice cream than any place else. Make a trip to Wells Center & Ice Cream Parlor for an interactive ice cream experience, sample from over 20 flavors, and try the Molten Chocolate Lava Shake. This behemoth is for all chocoholics, as it includes brownies, milk bars, crispy chocolate bars, fudge, chocolate puffs, lava chocolate cake, and of course, chocolate ice cream.
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If you’ve been searching for the best ice cream in Kentucky, you’ll discover that Chaney’s Dairy Barn and Restaurant reigns supreme, according to USA Today. The venue is located on a farm where you can even go on a self-guided farm tour to meet the cows yourself. The Jersey cows are milked daily, and that fresh milk and cream creates delectable ice cream flavors. Choose from Big Red Rumble (white chocolate ice cream with red velvet cake) to Fruity Pebbles (cereal flavored ice cream with Fruity Pebbles), and many more.
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Head over to Chi-town, and get yourself The Original Rainbow Cone. As a Chicago tradition for almost 100 years, this colorful cone stacks up five flavors of ice cream and won’t disappoint. From top to bottom, the ice cream flavors are: Orange Sherbet, Pistachio, Palmer House, Strawberry, and Chocolate, making a beautiful concoction of orange, green, yellow, pink, and brown. If cones are not your thing, they also have Rainbow Ice Cream sandwiches, where the colorful flavors are squished between two cookies.
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“This is a happy place. If you’re crabby, go home,” summarizes House of Flavors’ positive, yet cheeky attitude. The ice cream spot has rights to brag, as they are The Guinness World Record breaker for “Longest Ice Cream Dessert,” and they also do nearly 1,000 scoops of ice cream in an hour. The ice cream spot has been around since the 1960s, and they clearly know what they’re doing. With 40 flavors of ice cream to choose from, it will be hard to pick which one to taste, from Eskimo Kisses to Tennessee Toffee to Mackinaw Island Peanut Butter Fudge, it seems like every flavor at The House of Flavors is a winner.
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If you’re looking for unique flavors from creators that treat designing ice cream flavors as an art form, look no further than Bebe Zito in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Voted “Best Ice Cream in Minnesota” by Food & Wine, flavors range from artful Passion Fruit Flan Brulé To Lemon Olive Oil. The flavors are also a nod to nostalgia and delicious, too, with flavors including: Strawberry Nesquik (recommended to get with sprinkles), Breakfast Club, and Lunchbox Hero.
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