ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Treat yourself to a big scoop of your favorite flavor on Sunday for National Ice Cream Day.
The average American eats about 20 pounds of ice cream each year, according to the International Dairy Foods Association, so what’s one more scoop?
Held every year on the third Sunday of July, the dairy-filled holiday was made official by former President Ronald Reagan in 1984. He even went so far as to declare July National Ice Cream Month.
Check out these Ann Arbor ice cream spots:
BEN & JERRY’S (304 S. State St.)
Boasting over 25 flavors of the nationally-known brand, Ben & Jerry’s offers scoops for takeout, delivery and catering.
The State Street ice cream shop also sells pints, ice cream cakes, sorbets and even frozen doggie desserts for your furry best friend.
BLANK SLATE CREAMERY (300 W. Liberty St.)
Widely known for its creative flavors, the downtown shop often has a line wrapping around the block on hot summer days. For those who experience a bit of flavor FOMO, Blank Slate has a split scoop option for putting two flavors on one cone.
KILWIN’S CHOCOLATES (107 E. Liberty St.)
Kilwin’s is a go-to place for chocolate but you can also get chilly scoops from its next-door ice cream parlor, which has been serving creamy delights since 1995.
Pair up a waffle cone and people watching as you side at one of Kilwin’s small sidewalk tables along East Liberty Street.
LUCA PASTRY (3354 Washtenaw Ave.)
Luca is known for its mouth-watering cake slices, Italian cookies and pastries but the Washtenaw Ave. spot also serves decadent gelato in flavors like pistachio and chocolate. Technically gelato is NOT ice cream, but who’s keeping score?
If you want to really walk on the wild side, order a gelato cake on the Luca website.
MICHIGAN CREAMERY (302 S. State St.)
In 2012, the family-owned creamery transformed from Stucchi’s into the well-loved downtown go-to that is now.
It offers over 30 flavors of Michigan-made ice cream and two custards, shakes, chocolates from Alpine Chocolat Hausas, Bearclaw coffee and hot cocoa bombs.
WASHTENAW DAIRY (602 S. Ashley St.)
It’s not an ice cream list without mentioning Washtenaw Dairy, which has served Ann Arbor since 1934. With over 30 different flavors rotating in its coolers, there’s plenty of reason to visit regularly and try something new.
ZINGERMAN’S CREAMERY (3723 Plaza Dr. Suite 2)
Get all of your dairy needs fulfilled at Zingerman’s Creamy. The south side shop offers pints and quarts of various flavors of sorbets and gelato as well as cheeses, charcuterie, jams, preserves, honey, nuts, crackers and accompaniments like pickles and olives.