One of the world’s favorite frozen sweet treats is ice cream, loved in various forms since before the second century BC. Today, Americans, on average, consume more than 23 pounds of ice cream – and spend more than $10 billion per year.
The U.S. even has a National Ice Cream Month in July, and National Ice Cream Day Day on the third Sunday each July.
Utah stakes its claim on its fair share, earning its place as one of the states that consume the most ice cream.
Not only can you find hundreds of flavors of America’s favorite frozen dessert, but also an array of ice cream relatives such as Italian gelato and frozen yogurt. Utah even offers multiple vegan ice cream options.
Whether you like it scooped, rolled, in a cone, or a cup, Utah is ready to serve up some of the country’s best ice cream.
Here are some of Salt Lake County’s favorite ice cream shops.
Spilled Milk Ice Cream and Cereal Bar combines delicious soft-serve ice cream with favorite cereals like Captain Crunch, Apple Jacks, Teddy Grahams, Golden Grahams, and Cocoa Pebbles, served up in cinnamon brown sugar cones as well as coconut cones.
Spilled Milk is a food truck offering ice cream at different places throughout Salt Lake City. A visit to their website allows you to enter your phone number to receive a text with their current location.
You can reach Spilled Milk Ice Cream and Cereal Bar by phone at 801-556-1715.
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Howdy Homemade Ice Cream is unique not only for its unusual flavors like Dr. Pepper chocolate chip, raspberry Oreo, and Hot Tamale but also for the employees.
Inspired by Jack, one of the owners’ adult sons with special needs, Howdy’s design is to hire adults to churn and serve fresh ice cream daily, who may otherwise have difficulty finding employment.
Howdy Homemade Ice Cream is located at 2670 S. 2000 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84109, and can be reached by phone at 801-410-4302.
The Penguin Brothers is a successful venture between two brothers, one of whom loved cookies and the other ice cream. Today, their specialty is serving up some of the best gourmet ice cream sandwiches you’ll ever taste.
They also serve up what they call a “pizookie” – a half-baked cookie, served warm, with a scoop of ice cream on top. Better than the already fantastic idea of blending ice cream and cookies, the brothers boast products made from scratch with fresh, natural ingredients.
The Penguin Brothers, in their well-recognized pink truck, and be found at 2010 S. 1000 E in Salt Lake City, UT 84105, and can be reached by phone at 801-532-9537.
Handel’s Ice Cream has been an area favorite since 1945 when it was first made with fresh-picked berries from Mrs. Handel’s yard, which she then sold at her husband’s gas station.
Today, Hendel’s Ice Cream offers more than a hundred flavors of ice cream made fresh on-site at locations in several states, including Utah.
Handel’s Ice Cream is located at 26 W. 11400 S in Sandy, Utah 84070, and can be reached by phone at 385-787-1122.
Cloud Ninth Creamery serves super-premium ice cream crafted with local ingredients and fresh fruit. The unique flavors are made daily in-store.
In addition to premium ice cream, Cloud Ninth Creamery also offers gelato, made from scratch, shaved ice, Dole pineapple whip soft serve, and sorbet for a non-dairy option.
Cloud Ninth Creamery is inspired by the owner’s grandfather, who also owned an ice cream shop before the frozen sweet treat was readily available in supermarkets, making ice cream a family tradition.
Cloud Ninth Creamery is located at 928 E 900 in Salt Lake City, UT and can be reached by phone at 385-831-5329.
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Silvestre’s Rolled Ice Cream offers a wide variety of fun-flavored ice cream, but also offers vegan, soy-free, and nut-free options, making it possible for everyone to enjoy.
Reviews describe Sylvestre’s as having a friendly staff, excellent customer service, personal touches, and uniquely flavored rolled ice cream.
Silvestre’s Rolled Ice Cream is located at 3524 South 2200 West in West Valley City, UT 84119 and can be reached by phone at 801-972-5582.
Doki Doki Dessert Cafe rolls out ice cream in a multitude of exotic flavors like Tahiti, Frostbite, Heart Drop, Twilight, Berry Bunny, and Rocky Canyons. But it’s not just rolled ice cream they’re known for.
Doki Doki also offers sweet crepes in lip-licking flavors like Honeymoon, Red Rose, First Date, and Kiss Kiss. The company is founded on principles of sharing, kindness, and happiness, stating that each treat is crafted with love.
Doki Doki is located at 249 E 400 S in Salt Lake City, UT 84111 and can be reached by phone at 385-229-4339.
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Koi D Bar presents a tantalizing menu of rolled ice cream in flavors like Dream Date, Blush Berry, Paradise, Rise & Shine, and Ricky Mountain. Or, you can build your own with a variety of flavors, mixes, and toppings.
Koi D Bar, opened in 2017, was recently revitalized to produce innovative rolled ice cream with fresh ingredients, also adding Boba tea, galaxy drinks, and smoothies to their offerings.
Koi D Bar is located at 655 S State Street in Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 and can be reached by phone at 801-883-9384.
Where some ice cream parlors in Utah offer generous vegan options with rice milk or almond milk, Monkeywrench, self-described as an anti-dairy establishment, only offers vegan ice cream.
Recognized for its friendly service and charming atmosphere, Monkeywrench serves up dairy-free versions of soft-serve ice cream, shakes, sundaes, banana splits, cookie sandwiches, and brownie Ala Mode.
The venue also offers a selection of coffees and teas as well as vegan pastries like coffee cake, muffins, and banana bread.
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Dolcetti Gelato is Utah’s oldest gelato shop in Utah, locally owned and operated by a father/daughter duo.
The family prides itself on making everything from scratch with the intent to retain its original flavor, whether it’s fresh fruit, pure nuts and oils, local milk, or sweet honeycomb candy. And to complement your gelato, choose from a variety of made-with-love macaroons.
Capo Gelateria Italiana has perfected the art of gelato-making by creating small, concentrated batches of gelatos and sorbets. Walk up to the small retail cafe to enjoy a view of the open kitchen where frozen treats are hand made.
Capo Gelateria Italiana describes gelato as being churned differently than ice cream, and containing less air, but with an equally pleasing creamy texture.
Capo Gelateria Italiana is located at 260 S. 200 W in Salt Lake City, UT 84101 and can be reached by phone at 801-322-3556.
Utah certainly doesn’t have the monopoly on ice cream, but judging by its long-lived and brand new ice cream parlors dotting Salt Lake County, it’s evident there’s a deep love of the frozen dessert.
What’s also evident is that Utah’s ice cream shops pride themselves on creating high-quality, hand-crafted products using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Whether you’re looking for classic or contemporary, traditional, soft-serve, or rolled, dairy or vegan, there’s an ice cream shop for you in Salt Lake County, Utah.
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