I scream. You scream…well, you know the rest. Whether you are looking to stick close to home or are willing to drive to find that perfect sweet treat, we’ve rounded up the best of the best in ice cream shops in Southwest Ohio!
Oakley location: 3046 Madison Rd; Montgomery location: 9899 Montgomery Rd.
This old-fashioned ice cream parlor is oozing with warm-and-fuzzy nostalgia. Sundaes are served in polished silver bowls, complete with house-made syrups (the strawberry sauce is particularly divine), nuts and fresh whipped cream.
7736 Dudley Dr., West Chester
This artisan ice creamery in Butler County is the place to go for unique flavors. Choose from more than 70 options ranging from Fluffernutter to Apple Pie to Black Rasberry… and everything in between! Dairy-free and vegan options are always available.
6855 Tylersville Rd., West Chester
You can’t miss this giant cone-shaped ice cream stop. The Cone is a family-favorite summer treat location. Famous for their orange sherbet/vanilla twist cone, they have amazing wizards, sundaes and other frozen desserts. Plus, there are lots of toppings and sprinkles to complete any ice cream order. Note: The toffee/caramel sundae is a must-try dessert!
2531 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek
This isn’t your average ice cream; this is frozen custard! One bite and you’ll be able to tell the rich, creamy difference. Ritter¹s is made fresh all day, every day, using high-quality dairy ingredients. Choose from cones, cups, sundaes, smoothies, glaciers and shakes.
1727 Woodman Drive, Dayton
The Root Beer Stande not only serves up a tasty float with their house-made root beer, they also serve drive-up style food like foot-long hot dogs. You can even grab a delicious cone or cup of chocolate, vanilla or swirl ice cream for just $1.99. Then, customers can dip their sweet treats in chocolate, cherry or butterscotch for $1 more. Keep in mind they are seasonal and cash only.
6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs
The ice cream at this working dairy farm is made on site, offering the ultimate in creamy, rich goodness. Five or 10 gallons are made at a time in batch freezers, taking about 12-15 minutes per batch, and flavors are added at different stages of the process. You can get ice cream in cones, milkshakes or sundaes. There are also special flavors that change on a weekly basis. Note: Young’s is famous for its Buckeye Bull Shake!
704 N. Detroit St., Xenia
This local favorite is conveniently located right next to the bike trail in Xenia. They offer quite a few flavors and treats with gluten-free options available, too. Be sure to check out their Dole whip, which is gluten-free, and their twisted soft serve cones.
55 Bellbrook Plaza, Bellbrook
Dairy Shed is located in the heart of downtown Bellbrook serving high quality amazing ice cream creations. What started out in the 1970’s as a “garage turned ice cream shoppe” located in Bellbrook Plaza, has exploded into a favorite sweet spot passed down through the generations.