15 Best Places To Get Wisconsin’s Iconic Frozen Custard

So it turns out that what most people think is Wisconsin’s obsession with frozen custard is actually southern Wisconsin’s obsession with frozen custard. Nearly every place on this list exists in the lower part of the state, though I have no idea why. There just don’t seem to be a lot of frozen custard places up nort’.

Our status as the dairy state is what cemented frozen custard’s history in Wisconsin – we had the necessary ingredients at our fingertips. The FDA has rules on what makes something ice cream or frozen custard. Custard has to contain at least 10% butterfat and 1.4% egg yolks. The yolks are the crucial part. Most ice creams have no eggs. One other factor that gives custard its unique texture? There’s little to no air in it. The large machines that create it introduce little air.

The best guess is that our very first custard place opened in 1938 – Gille’s in Milwaukee. The rest is, as they say, history.

In no particular order, here are 15 places that folks rave about for serving the best frozen custard in the state:

Where’s your favorite custard? Did we miss any northern Wisconsin custard places that you love? Tell us in the comments.

Looking for more frozen treats? Check out These 13 Ice Cream Shops In Wisconsin Will Make Your Mouth Water For Days