By Mckenzie Otteson and Darren Nelson feature writers for My Local Utah
Is there a better way to satisfy your sweet tooth on a summer day than some delicious ice cream? This creamy delight has come a long way since the old soda fountain and ice cream parlor. It is perfect to take on the go or sit and share with friends. Ice cream is perfect for date night or a treat for the whole family. My Local Utah lists our recommendations for a few of the many creameries around our state. We are going with ice cream only; we will save gelato and custards for another time. Keep reading and see if you can resist the cravings for this yummy-cold goodness.
Salt Lake City Area
Don’t miss up on an opportunity to have ice cream because you are dairy intolerant! Monkey Wrench has you covered! With their #antidairy motto, they are a premium plant-based ice cream company. You never have to miss out on ice cream dates or ice cream cravings ever again! Try their plant-based ice cream! Monkey Wrench is located downtown at the Gallivan Center.
Cloud Ninth Creamery
This neighborhood creamery gets its name from its east-side address on 9th and 9th (that’s East and South for those not familiar). This lineup of flavors on the Cloud Ninth menu is subject to change as new concoctions of ice cream are created. You can get your creamy dessert in a cone or a cup. Waffle cones and ice cream sandwiches are also available.
Koi D Bar
Ever tried rolled ice cream? Koi D Bar provides this unique culinary experience for ice cream lovers. We recommend the “Dream Date” or the “Pine Con Kiwi” offerings. Quality ice cream that looks too artistic to eat. Don’t let that stop you. It’s delicious. Located downtown on State Street.
Farr Better Ice Cream
Over 100 years in business! Farrs Ice Cream has one of the greatest histories in bringing delicious ice cream to their hometown in Ogden, Utah. As their history has developed so have their ice cream flavors. Starting with only vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry; they now have 64 yummy flavors to choose from! Serving over one billion servings across its 100 years of business; you can now buy Farrs Ice Cream in 17 different states. If you don’t live in Northern Utah take a drive and grab some yummy ice cream at Farrs Ice Cream!
Bow Tie Creamery
For two consecutive years, Yelp has picked Bow Tie Creamery to be the top frozen treat in Utah. As a family-owned ice cream creamery that is a huge accomplishment! Bow Tie Creamery is unique as they specialize in small-batch ice cream. The flavor is perfected and savored with the smaller batches. The smaller batches ensure fresh ice cream with every scoop! They have monthly flavors that change as they get input from the community. Don’t miss out on their next contest for the best ice cream flavor.
La Bonita Ice Cream
More than just cones, La Bonita has a good selection of chocolate and fruit flavors. Located in South Ogden, they also feature their own ice cream bars with fruit mixed in.
Rockwell Old Fashioned Ice Cream Co.
Located on 43 North University Ave, Rockwell serves an old-fashioned ice cream that will take you back in time to the neighborhood ice cream parlor. They feature several creative flavors on their menu along with the traditional favorites. The ice cream here is dense and flavorful. They use 16% butterfat in their creamy creations.
The BYU Creamery: Creamery on Ninth
Brigham Young University’s Creamery on Ninth is a Utah institution. They sell a wide variety of memorable flavors. Order by the scoop, the pint, or treat yourself to a shake or float.
Brooker’s Founding Flavors Ice Cream
Brooker’s never wants you to forget the founding fathers and the freedoms we have in this country. Each of their ice cream flavors is a history lesson in the name of the flavor. Order George Washington’s Indispensable Flavor and you’ll get chocolate ice cream that also has peanut butter cups and peanut butter swirls. Each of the founding fathers and some of the influential women have their own ice cream flavors. Brooker’s offers one of the most unique opportunities to learn about history. They have locations in Vineyard, Herriman, and Provo.
Rowley’s Red Barn
With locations in both Santaquin and Washington, we decided to put Rowley’s Red Barn in the Provo/Orem area for our list. This fresh dairy ice cream is served in a variety of cones, plush shakes, floats, and slushies. Plenty of flavors to choose from.
Elis Old Fashioned Ice Cream
A mainstay on Main Street in Payson, Eli’s has all the charm and nostalgia of a vintage ice cream parlor. Plenty of wonderful ice cream flavors under the glass for you to choose from.
Blacksmith Ice Cream Co.
The name probably comes from the cold anvil where they mix in flavoring for the unique ice creams. The ice cream here is very, well, creamy to say the least. Some great artisan flavors to try, and don’t forget the waffle cone. The Blacksmith can be found on Main Street in Bountiful.
The Kaysville Creamery
The Kaysville Creamery is one of the newest ice cream parlors in the state of Utah. Kaysville was so excited to have its own ice cream shop on Main Street! Try some of their new flavors with clever names. Ever had the Blue Goggles? Well, if you haven’t, it consists of blue mint ice cream, chocolate-covered honeycomb, and cookie dough pieces— Yummmm! Take a little drive down Kaysville’s Main Street and stop by The Kaysville Creamery!
Big Scoops Creamery
Located just West of 3500 West on 5600 South in Roy, Big Scoops has dished out the scoops for over twenty years now. Their menu offers plenty to choose from. We recommend the Orange Cream or Watermelon on a warm summer day.
Aggie Ice Cream
If you have had this already, you probably knew it would be on our list. Made locally at the university, Aggie Ice Cream features cones, floats, malts, and shakes—and a ton of toppings. Aggie Ice Cream is celebrating its hundredth year this year.
Casper’s Ice Cream / FatBoy
A farm treat that turned into a nationwide treat that everyone wants to be stocked up in their freezers. Casper’s Ice Cream has ice cream bars covered in chocolate and peanuts that are to die for. They are so yummy! But, don’t forget their FatBoys! The best ice cream sandwiches with rich chocolate cookies with a smooth layer of ice cream in between. They’re like double-stuffed Oreos but an ice cream sandwich! So yummy! If you visit their store they sell seconds that aren’t exactly perfect…so enjoy a treat while in the Cache Valley area or support them by purchasing one of their ice cream treats at your local grocery store.
Need to stop on your long drive home from California, St. George, or Lake Powell The Creamery is the perfect place. With 20+ flavors of farm-fresh ice cream, they also have other dairy products. They believe in giving back to the community; in the year 2021, they donated 247,000+ servings of dairy to people in need. Stop by resting your restless legs from driving and enjoy the beautiful patio while eating your delicious ice cream.
Sweet Rolled Tacos
Taco Tuesday?? But with ice cream? Yes, please!! Sweet Rolled Tacos is an innovative ice cream experience. Choose your taco shell color (waffle taco cone) then watch as each taco is made with hand-rolled ice cream on a cold plate. Pick your taco toppings and enjoy your taco ice cream treat! This is an experience you don’t want to miss out on. They also have locations in Salt Lake City and Orem.
Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
You know when you come across a place that has been featured on Shark Tank, the Food Network, and in Popular Science magazine, you have found something different. At Sub Zero, they make your ice cream to your specifications right in front of you. Their process of using nitrogen will give you fresh and cold ice cream. Perfect for St. George.
Across the State
Instagram-worthy pics Spilled Milk Ice Cream is your photo shoot location. Spilled Milk Ice Cream started as an ice cream truck and then became known for its ice cream and unique mix of ice cream with cereal combinations. Spilled Milk Ice Cream has five locations across the state and one coming soon! With flavored waffle cones to options for the whole family including gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options! Spilled Milk Ice Cream has some of the most unique flavors with an excellent presentation that you’ll have to take a picture of your ice cream before you eat it! Their locations are in Salt Lake, Vivint Arena, Lehi, Draper, St. George, and Daybreak coming soon!
Cold Stone Creamery
Yes, it is a chain ice cream store, which is more of a departure from the smaller, more artisan options above. They make our “Across the State” section because if their popularity in Utah, leading to their ubiquitous presence in our state. Cold Stone offers lots of flavors and fixings to satisfy the cravings for almost everyone—and there is likely a location close by.
So, you made it through our list. How are your cravings doing? This is by no means a comprehensive list of places in Utah to get an ice cream. But it is a good place to start. Comment and let us know of someplace local you like to go some ice cream. Now stop reading and go get yourself a double scoop of your favorite.