Screaming For Ice Cream

September 21, 2014

Beer Week

"You can't buy happiness. But you can buy ice cream, which is basically the same thing."

Happiness comes by the pint, scoop, cone and banana split here in Cleveland. Check out these nine locally owned ice cream shops serving up homemade frosty delights.

Sweet Moses (Detroit-Shoreway)

Located in the up-and-coming Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood, Sweet Moses is truly a throwback to old-school fountain shops.  Treat yourself to some handmade ice cream and homemade confections made the way they were meant to be enjoyed.

Ice cream is served up from an authentic Bastion-Blessings soda fountain. Grab a seat at the stunning 16-foot bar of Tennessee marble or a restored wrought-iron ice cream chair for a sweet escape back to the good old days.

Churn (Tremont)

Owned by the same two pastry chefs who own/operate A Cookie & A Cupcake, Churn is one of the newest residents to the ultra-hip neighborhood of Tremont.

They use their tried and true background in sweets by creating some rather interesting (yet mighty delicious) ice creams like maple ice cream with bacon and French toast. Or, rosemary scented vanilla ice cream with roasted garlic and grapes.

East Coast Original Frozen Custard (Fairview Park & Other Locations)

Let's be clear, folks. Ice cream is not frozen custard. Soft serve is not frozen custard. Frozen custard is its own AMAZINGLY DELCIOUS animal.

With a recipe that's reminiscent of the custard served on Coney Island back in the 1920s, the frozen custard at locally owned East Coast Original Frozen Custard has a high buttermilk content, which means a thicker, creamier consistency. It also means it's out-of-this world tasty.

Honey Hut Ice Cream (Edgewater Park & Other Locations)

Founded in 1974 by Frank and Marianne Page, Honey Hut is a bit of a Cleveland tradition. The family-owned business, which got its start in Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood, has grown to include five locations throughout the city. It recently earned itself a spot on BuzzFeed's "27 Ice Cream Shops You Need to Visit Before You Die" list.

While they serve hearty scoops of favorites like chocolate and vanilla, they now have a practically cult following of their chocolate peanut butter and signature honey pecän. We especially love their location at Edgewater Park, adding to the summertime beach vibe.

Malleys' Chocolates (Lakewood & Other Locations)

If there's ever been a staple sweet shop in a city, Malleys' is it for Cleveland. The family-owned company's been around for years (since 1935 to be exact) and they now have several locations around the Cleveland area.

While they boast a hearty offering of chocolates (chocolate covered bacon is the best!), some of their locations also have old-timey ice cream parlors. The ice cream selection is diverse and delicious, but you really can't go wrong with one of their classic sundaes. Bonus: Every table inside their parlors comes with complimentary pretzels.

Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream (Ohio City & Other Locations)

Two born-and-bred Cleveland brothers, Pete and Mike, graduated from college with two things: (1) college degrees and (2) a passion for ice cream. Good thing for all of us that they decided to follow their passion because the results have been downright heavenly.

Mitchell's offers a variety of Northeast Ohio locations, but one of our faves is the newest facility in the heart of Ohio City. Ice cream flavors ranging from coffee chocolate chunk to banana cream pie grace the menu, as do a bevy of seasonal flavors.

Rosati's Frozen Custard (Northfield)

One hundred sumptuous flavors?! Um yeah, that certainly beats 31 flavors. Plus, it's all homemade right here in Northeast Ohio. Rosati's features creamy, delicious frozen custard that's made - not once a week, not once a day - once an hour.

We especially love their wide selection of sundaes that go beyond the traditional banana split (think bananas foster with hot caramel). Also check out their fruit blends with real berries and fruits!

Sweetie Fry (Cleveland Heights)

Cute, unpretentious and delish: that's how we'd describe locally owned Sweetie Fry. The east side store serves up handmade ice cream and, as they describe it, "impossibly good fries." Good combo, right?

Keith Logan, the owner, is constantly trying out new and innovative flavors like s'mores, brown butter walnut and French toast. Consider adding some funnel cake fries with cinnamon maple sugar to your order.

Tremont Scoops (Tremont)

Our vegan friends know all too well that finding ice cream can be a near impossible feat. Thankfully, Tremont Scoops serves hearty helpings of vegan-friendly sweet treats, ice cream and other frozen delicacies (frozen chocolate-covered banana or frozen cheesecake on a stick).

Located in the culinary-focused neighborhood of Tremont, Tremont Scoops offers a great post-dinner treat. Open seasonally.

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