If I had the power to officiate Ohio as the “Ice Cream Capital of the World,” I would.
In this state, you have more than enough fresh, locally made ice cream choices when it comes to satisfying your inevitable ice cream craze this summer— and spring season isn’t too early for you to start mapping out the destinations you know you need to visit this summer in order to determine your own personal list of Ohio’s best ice cream places.
1) Graeter's Ice Cream
If Ohio is the ice cream capital of the world, then Graeter's reigns king within the capital. With ice cream joints located all throughout the state, this ice cream is famously made via a time consuming French pot process that makes two gallons of ice cream at a time.
2) Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
Based in Columbus, with other locations throughout the state, Jeni's offers one-of-a-kind flavors made with all local ingredients.
3) Mitchell's Ice Cream
This homemade ice cream of fresh, local ingredients has been gracing Cleveland with its presence since 1999.
4) Aglamesis Brothers
Cincinnati is home to this popular ice cream and sweets joint.
5) Handel's Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt
A Youngstown-area favorite known for its exceptionally smooth ice cream. Handel's has also expanded with locations throughout northeast and central Ohio.
6) Velvet Ice Cream Company
While there are several retail shops throughout the state, get the full experience of Ohio Black Walnut and other delicious flavors by visiting the Ye Olde Mill in Licking County's Utica, where the ice cream is actually made.
7) East Coast Custard
Find this fresh, frozen custard in Fairview, Lundhurst, Mentor, Painesville and Parma Heights in the Cleveland area.
8) Young's Jersey Dairy
This homemade ice cream is especially famous in Yellow Springs, where the working dairy farm with plenty of activities for the whole family can be found.
9) Dietsch's Brothers Ice Cream
A true trademark of Findlay, which offers both homemade ice cream and chocolate.
10) Toft's Ice Cream Parlor
The oldest operating dairy in the state, located in Sandusky.
11) Honey Hut Ice Cream
You can find the signature Honey Pecan flavor of Honey Hut Ice Cream at five locations in Ohio: Brecksville, Cleveland, Parma, Solon and Brunswick.
12) Sweet Moses
Sweet Moses is right, Cleveland.
14) Hartzler Family Dairy
In addition to the staples of milk and butter, this family dairy based in Wooster serves up smooth, fresh ice cream.
13) Sweetie Fry
Appropriately named and located in Cleveland Heights.
15) Tom's Ice Cream Bowl
Zanesville's own old-time ice cream parlor, complete with soda fountains
Well, after this list, I’m certainly screaming for ice cream—with or without you.
What other ice cream places in Ohio would you recommend to ice cream enthusiasts?