There may be nothing better than enjoying a creamy ice cream cone on a sunny spring day. Whether it’s refreshing mint chocolate chip or traditional vanilla bean, ice cream is an indulgence like no other. Finding the perfect ice cream shop with fresh ingredients and an inviting staff can be difficult, so we have helped you out. Here’s the scoop on the best local family run ice cream shops in the Queen City.
This small town favorite ice cream shop reopened in 2009 and has been going strong ever since.
Cabarrus Creamery is Concord’s authentic ice cream shop with 25+ flavors including favorites like, peanut butter cup, roasted pecan, and sliced lemon. Cabarrus Creamery will also serve up milkshakes, banana splits, sundaes, and ice cream floats, or you can build your own ice cream sandwiches and protein smoothies.
Homemade, authentic, and appetizing ice cream is what you will find at Elizabeth Creamery. Since reopening in February 2014 Elizabeth Creamery has gained momentum producing tasty ice cream and treats for Charlotte. The ice cream is freshly made on location with flavors like blueberry cheesecake, ginger, and green tea. Try any of their delicious flavors in a waffle cone, made in-house daily.
Golden Cow Creamery
Charlotte’s first craft ice cream store is Golden Cow Creamery, where everything is made right in the shop without any added flavors, artificial syrups, fillers, or preservatives. Golden Cow’s menu is never the same because they uniquely craft every flavor so one batch is never like the other. Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Mint Chocolate Chip, Salted Oreo, and Dunkaroos are classic flavors always available as well as 3-4 new creations every month. This month’s special creations include, Almond Cherry Dark Chocolate, Brown Sugar and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Orange Creamsicle.
Jolly Rolls Ice Cream
The new trend in ice cream is rolled, which is what Jolly Rolls is famous for. Pick any of the classic 22 flavors or create your own custom ice cream flavor. The rolling experts will then make it fresh right before your eyes. The ice cream crafters place the ingredients on a cold slab and mix until it’s creamy ice cream, then it is perfectly rolled and toppings are added. Popular classic combinations include, campfire bites, heavenly apple pie, and peach perfect. Jolly Rolls Ice Cream is located in Charlotte, NC with a new location opening May 2017 in Indian Land, SC.
Mr. K’s Soft Ice Cream
For a quality meal and delicious dessert, Mr. K’s Soft Ice Cream has been the go to for Charlotteans since 1967. Mr. Theodore Karres moved to the states from Greece in hopes to better his families’ lives which inspired him to open Mr. K’s Soft Ice Cream. The dessert menu at Mr. K’s is as long as it is mouthwatering. Enjoy a milkshake, float, sundae, parfait, ice cream blitz, snowball, or Italian ice all made with the famous soft serve ice cream. Mr. K’s also serves up tasty burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches for when your sweet tooth needs a breather.
Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop
This creamery takes you back to the soda shops of the 50’s, where jukeboxes were cranking and milkshakes were the perfect treat. Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop serves lunch and dinner with dishes like, honey pecan fried chicken, and the open-faced turkey sandwich. Pike’s is really famous for their desserts. Taste any of their classic flavors in a cone, or make it a shake, float, or sundae. Don’t forget to also check out the dessert display case with daily specials of pies, cakes, and cookies.
Two Scoops Creamery
Three best friends co-own Two Scoops Creamery in Charlotte, NC where family secret recipes create delectable ice cream. With unique flavors and an eclectic vibe Two Scoops is quickly becoming one of Charlotte’s best kept secrets. Try any of the 40+ flavors like, not your momma’s pumpkin pie, smurf marshmallow, and fudge-y cookies’n’cream. Don’t forget to also add some tasty toppings to your ice cream like, caramel, Reeses, and gummy bears.