There’s no room for debate— ice cream is easily my favorite food group (and yes, it is a food group). Especially during this time of the year! I hate when it gets all over you, but there’s no better time to be sticky and sugary than in the summertime. Of course, it’s fitting that National Ice Cream Day is this Sunday, July 15th. To celebrate possibly the greatest holiday of the year, I’ve rounded up my go-to, ultra-stellar list of the best ice cream shops in Detroit and Metro Detroit so that you can celebrate this day to its fullest potential. Five different cones in one day? I’m not judging you.
The Custard Hut—Dearborn Heights, MI
This Metro Detroit summer hotspot is notorious for their waffle sandwiches— creamy custard stuffed in between two hot waffles with additions like cereal and nuts coating the sides. If the sandwich life isn’t for you, they have two rotating flavor-of-the-week custards, along with regular chocolate and vanilla. Their flurries are also the best that I’ve had (if you have a crazy sweet tooth like me, try the cotton candy one), so Custard Hut is great when you want some options.
Guernsey Farms Dairy— Northville, MI
Another Metro Detroit staple, Guernsey is a diner, dairy store and ice cream parlor wrapped all into one. Serving up hard-packed ice cream in an overwhelming number of flavors, this timeless favorite also gives you an insane bang for your buck. Even better— they sell most of their flavors in stores like Target and Kroger as well.
Detroit Water Ice Factory— Detroit, MI
If you like a bit of an icier treat, Detroit Water Ice is your go-to. Specializing in “water ice,” they serve up shaved ice that's perfect for any scorching day. Their famous Motown Twist even has soft serve above and below the ice, turning it into a creamy treat. Better yet? 100% of their profits go to help S.A.Y. (Super All Year) Detroit, a Detroit Rescue mission that provides resources to newborns, teens, senior citizens, veterans, and the homeless. There’s nothing better than eating charitably.
Sweet Dreamz Creamery— Detroit, MI
What’s better than ice cream on a stick? Probably nothing. Sweet Dreamz Creamery knows just that, and specializes in homemade ice cream and gelato served up on a popsicle stick. Besides being adorable (which naturally means Instagrammable), they also have gelato, sorbetto, vegan and alcohol-infused pops. A boozy ice cream? Count everyone in.
Reilly Craft Creamery— Detroit, MI
Free any weekend coming up soon? You should spend it at Reilly Craft Creamery, which is only open on Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Not only does their ice cream taste amazing, but it looks amazing too— their slogan, “cold truth,” is featured on a sticker with an image of hands holding ice cream on all of their cones. If you can’t make it on Saturday, you can find their ice cream at retailers like Whole Foods and Better Health.
Ice Cream Plant— Several different shops and retailers in the Metro Detroit area
Fear not, ice cream lovers who also happen to be vegan! Ice Cream Plant specializes in making vegan ice cream only. Don’t let this make you think it skimps on flavor, though! Using wholesome ingredients like organic coconut milk and organic fair trade Dutch-process cocoa powder, you’ll feel good eating up a cone of this stuff. While they don’t have their own shop, you can find them by the pint at retailers like Holiday Market in Royal Oak and Mootown Ice Cream in Detroit, and by the scoop at restaurants like Chive Kitchen in Farmington and Seva in Detroit and Ann Arbor!
What are your favorite ice cream shops in Detroit? Any that weren't featured above? Comment below so that I have another excuse to try more ice cream!
Scream it up for ice cream,