Wisconsin June 30, 2017
This Mouthwatering Ice Cream Trail In Wisconsin Is All You’ve Ever Dreamed Of And More
Honestly, we could have done a trip like this in a bunch of different parts of the state. As the Dairy State, we’re blessed with some truly awesome ice cream places spread all over. We focused on the southeastern part of the state because it feels like an iconic Wisconsin ice cream trail has to have some frozen custard on it and that part of the state seems to have a monopoly on that delicious frozen treat.
Sometimes our road trips require multiple days or at least multiple drivers to try and fit it all in, but the beauty of this trip is that it clocks in right around two hours and just more than 90 miles. You might end up with one heck of a stomachache, but this trip could be done before lunch. This trip is Wisconsin goals.
For directions and exact addresses, you can view the Google Map of the trip
With a good mix of ice cream, custard and soft serve, this list covers all the ice cream options you could ever want.
1. Purple Door Ice Cream - Milwaukee
Starting just south of downtown Milwaukee, start with an ice cream flight at Purple Door. These artisan ice cream makers have some of the most interesting and ridiculous flavors you've ever seen. If the whiskey, chocolate whisky or old fashioned are on the menu, don't even think twice - order away and then get some to take home.
Located at 205 S 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI 53204.
2. Gilles Frozen Custard - Milwaukee
There are three iconic Milwaukee frozen custard joints and this trip takes you to all of them - for comparison purposes, obviously. Gilles is known for their custard treats and sundaes, though nothing here is disappointing.
Located at 7515 W Bluemound Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53213.
3. Leon's Frozen Custard - Milwaukee
Folks adore their Butter Pecan, so if it's on the menu, definitely get that. This old school drive-in style place on the near south side pretty much always has a line.
Located at 3131 S 27th St
Milwaukee, WI 53215.
4. Kopp's Frozen Custard - Milwaukee
Milwaukee frozen custard allegiance tends to hinge on where you grew up and which place you lived closest to. As someone who lived within walking distance of a Kopp's, my devotion is to their ever-rotating stable of amazing flavors. I'd have their Cookies N' Cream as part of my death row meal. The cones pictured? Those are single scoops. If the flavor of the day isn't your jam, the Swiss Chocolate is sinfully smooth.
For this map, we're using the location on 76th Street, but there are two more Kopps locations in the Milwaukee area in Glendale and Brookfield.
Located at 7631 W Layton Ave
Greenfield, WI 53220.
5. The Kiltie Drive-In - Oconomowoc
Generations of folks from lake country recall trips to the Kiltie with fondness. It's a blast from the past that's kept its niche long after others have faded away.
Loated at 36154 Wisconsin Ave
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
6. Wholly Cow Frozen Custard - Delafield
These guys have both frozen custard and ice cream, making them practically perfect. And the serving sizes are huge.
Located at 637 Main St
Delafield, WI 53018.
7. LeDuc's Frozen Custard - Wales
We said this the last time we featured LeDuc's, but seriously - they have frozen custard pies. That's really all that needs to be said, but it says a lot about a place when people rave about their vanilla.
Located at 240 W Summit Ave (Hwy 18 & 83)
8. Gus's Drive-In - East Troy
Sit inside or eat in your car. Go on Saturday and see all the classic cars. This is one of the places where folks love the custard in malt form.
Located at 3131 Main St, East Troy, WI 53120.
9. J. Lauber's Ice Cream Parlor - East Troy
A lot of the places on this list have a bit of an air of nostalgia, but J. Lauber's takes the sundae. With old-style soda jerks in vests, this is the epitome of a turn of the century soda fountain. And it's right next to the Railroad Museum.
Located at 2010 Church St, East Troy, WI 53120.
10. Adrian's Frozen Custard - Burlington
For more than four decades, this place has been a staple of life in Burlington. Grab a cone and stroll along the lake in Echo Park next door.
Located at 572 Bridge St
Burlington, WI 53105.
If you’re not up for the whole road trip, how about just checking out one of the
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