Summer is a great time to explore the local ice cream parlors in Hillsdale County. Here are a few favorites to try the next time you crave ice cream.
Kelly Cole said The Udder Side, located in Jonesville, is her favorite because it has her favorite ice cream flavor.
“I’m not an ice cream person, but my whole family knows I’m crazy about coconut,” she said.
Coconutty is one of the many flavors of ice cream that you can try. Don’t forget the different ice cream creations you can also choose from, from regular ice cream sundaes to “Road Kill” or “Mud Pie”
“Best ice cream anywhere!” Cole said.
Scoops (in Litchfield)
Scoops is located in Litchfield and features a variety of ice cream and other desserts. Home of the Terrier Treats offers weekly Sunday specials and a variety of ice creams to choose from.
Excess cups and cones
Formerly known as vanity cups and funnels, overflow cups and funnels are another popular favorite that has been named after by many locals.
Located across from the Hillsdale County Fairgrounds, it specializes in ice cream and coffee.
Carrie Proctor, husband Earl, co-owners, “Product quality, along with portion size, has always been a fan favorite. I also believe the God-given crew provides a level of delightful service that stands out!”
Read Pizza Barn (in Reading)
Reading Pizza Barn, located in Reading, has many delicious desserts such as banana chunks and mixes.
With its mushy offering, quirky cones, and ice cream flavor of the week, Pizza Barn is a great place to stop for your ice cream needs.
Dairy Queen is a recent addition to the Hillsdale business and quickly became a community favorite with its blizzards and inverted cones.
For those unfamiliar with Dairy Queen and its ice cream products, Taylor Clemmer, store manager, said Blizzard is one of the first things they should try.
“Our Blizzard is our number one seller,” Klimmer said, “They come in a range of different varieties and flavors, so Blizzard is definitely the way to go.”
Cosmic and whirlpools
Sundaes and specialty ice cream is the home of this little shop in downtown Hillsdale. Coney’s and Swirls is a great place to stop while shopping or taking a stroll downtown with your family. Don’t forget the slushies and other frozen drinks.
Are you looking for a fan favorite? Try an exploding ice cream flavor or a peanut butter shake.
Freddy’s Fries (in Somerset)
Freddies Freeze, located in Somerset, is known for its soft serve, hand-dipped ice cream, frozen yogurt, and more.
Sherry Hallowell and her husband Brian have run the store since 1989.
“The location is great for locals and travelers, we have plenty of parking and open outdoor space for groups of all sizes, including pets,” Halliwill said.
There are many flavors to choose from, but Sherry said the vanilla and lemon are my favorites.
“Brian thinks vanilla really is the best flavour! We hear all the time about the distance people drive to get their smooth, lemony ice cream.”