Nothing says summer like a late-night ice cream run.
Whether you’ve been on the beach all day or been indoors all day in the air conditioning, ice cream is a staple of the summer season and can make any day that much sweeter.
Whether you like sundaes, milkshakes, dairy-free ice cream sandwiches or just vanilla ice cream in a cup, we have the place for you.
Looking for something more adventurous?
“Coming soon this summer will be mango-basil,” says Melinda Shaw, operations manager at UDairy Creamery in Newark, “mango ice cream with candied basil grown on UD’s organic farm.
“We’re following the nostalgia trend. as well as the light and fruity trend this summer,” Shaw continued. “We’ll also be bringing back Orange Cream, Do You Like Pina Coladas? And a new take on S’mores. [We also] offer a rotating flavor of dairy-free sorbet. Currently it is the fruit of passion.
“Our store stands out because we are primarily student-run,” Shaw explained. “Our ice cream and cheese are made primarily by UD students. We provide hands-on learning for students, and all purchases directly support academic programming.”
Check out our list below for our scoop – let’s do 10 scoops – on your new favorite ice cream shops:
Dairy palace, new castle
Dairy Palace has been a Delaware staple since Vince and Joy Parker opened in 1956.
This family business is known for its soft serve ice cream desserts. Stop by all summer to try something from their extensive menu.
Dairy Palace is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Every week they organize “Sundae Fundays” where they offer a special sundae. Some past “Sundae Fundays” have included: a peanut butter and jelly sundae, a caramel and chocolate pretzel sundae, a raspberry and chocolate chip sundae, and an island chocolate sundae.
Dairy Palace, 2 Jay Dr., New Castle, (302) 328-9740
Ice Cream Delight, Wilmington
Another family owned and operated business, Ice Cream Delight is proud to be called “The Sweetest Place in Delaware”. And with over 52 flavors of soft serve ice cream, this title seems pretty fitting.
Ice Cream Delight is known for its signature “Artic Swirl”. Choose from many toppings such as cookie dough, Reese’s, M&M’s, Snickers and more.
They also offer sundaes, sugar-free frozen yogurt, ice cream cakes, and even dog sundaes so your pup can get a treat too.
This shop is open Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.
Ice Cream Shop, Wilmington
The Ice Cream Shoppe on Philadelphia Pike is well known for its award-winning ice cream, American muscle car displays and friendly employees.
This family business aims to give back to its community while giving it delicious ice cream. The Ice Cream Shoppe offers “sponsorships for local sports teams, sponsorships for local cancer patients, and sponsorships for local schools, police and firefighters.”
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The shop offers a wide range of unique flavors including cappuccino crunch, moose tracks, birthday cake, banana pudding and more. All of their flavors are listed with ingredients on their website to cater for any allergy concerns.
Summer hours are Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Ice Cream Shoppe, 700 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, (302) 593-8207,
King’s Ice Cream, Lewes and Milton
You can find these homemade ice cream parlors in Lewes and Milton, Delaware.
This family business has been serving artisanal ice cream to thousands of loyal customers for 40 years.
At King’s, you can get milkshakes, soda floats, sundaes, banana splits, as well as traditional cones or cups.
The Lewes site is open 1-10 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends, while the Milton site is open 4-8 p.m. weekdays and noon-9 p.m. weekends -end.
King’s Homemade Ice Cream Shops, 201 Second St., Lewes; 302 Union Street, Milton; kingshomemadeicecream.com
Maureen’s Ice Cream and Desserts, Bethany Beach
This ice cream parlor and café is a family business that has been in operation since 2004.
Maureen’s offers 32 flavors of ice cream to choose from, including several non-dairy options. They also offer several types of desserts including cake pops, vanilla cupcakes and cakes including cannoli cake and chocolate mousse cake.
You can also book The Little Scoop to host parties and events in Sussex County. This mini food truck will come to your event filled with delicious treats.
The shop is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the summer, and you can stop in and grab your morning coffee on the way to work and stop in for a well-deserved frozen treat on the way home from work.
Maureen’s Ice Cream and Desserts, 99 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, (302) 539-5530, maureensicecream.com
Sweet Nel’s, Wilmington
Sweet Nel’s focuses its business on being a sustainable and natural ice cream store.
This shop offers acai bowls, gelato, baked goods, freshly made pancakes, all-day breakfast sandwiches, and La Colombe coffee. They also do banana splits, milkshakes and sundaes.
Sweet Nel’s is open all year round from Monday to Thursday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sweet Nels, 3901 Concord Pike, Wilmington, (302) 256-0599, sweetnels.com
The Ice Cream Shop, Rehoboth
If you want ice cream straight from the source, look no further than The Ice Cream Store in Rehoboth Beach. Jersey cows, originally from Delaware, are bred specifically for ice cream.
They offer regular flavors that we all know and love like chocolate, chocolate chip cookie dough, vanilla bean, etc., as well as special homemade flavors. These include Best Cake Ever, Brownie Batter Oreo, Captain Crunch, and more. For a full list of flavors, visit the website. With this wide list of flavors, give yourself plenty of time to choose.
Hours are Monday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
UDairy Creamery, Newark
An important part of the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the UDairy Creamery is a student-run nonprofit organization used to help students learn business management, safety and production, sustainable agriculture, etc.
The ice cream sales began in the fall of 2008 and have been a popular part of the UD community ever since.
UDairy Creamery uses its farm-fresh ingredients to make ice cream, cheese, and other products, including honey. They also have the Moo Mobile, a full size ice cream truck serving up to 20 flavors. Moo Mobile travels to the Delaware State Fair, as well as other community events.
La Crémerie UDairy is open every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
535 S. College Ave., Newark, (302) 831-2486,; udel.edu/academics/colleges/canr/about/facilities-labs/udairy-creamery
Vanderwendes, multiple locations
Another family business fresh from the farm is Vanderwendes Farms in
Bridgeville, where they make a new batch of ice cream every day. They also do
homemade waffle cones to take away, but also offer cups and other cones.
In their stores, they also sell milkshakes, floats, sundaes, and banana splits, as well as pints and pints of some of their flavors.
Vanderwendes also has its own ice cream truck which you can book for your special events through its website.
Popular flavors include Banana Nut Fudge, Orange-Pineapple, Mint Chocolate Chip, Cookies & Cream and more.
You can find their ice cream at several different stores in the area, including Bridgeville Home Shop, Greenwood Shop, Dewey Beach Shop, and Fenwick Island Shop.
Vanderwendes, multiple locations, https://www.vanderwendefarmcreamery.com
Woodside Creamery, Hockessin
Woodside Creamery makes ice cream on-site at the farm using milk from its more than 30 Jersey cows.
Ice cream lovers will find dozens of flavors on their menu, including cake batter, chocolate almond, peanut butter and jelly and more.
They will also have a choice of sundaes, milkshakes and banana splits, as well as cakes and ice cream pies.
Woodside Creamery is open daily from noon to 9 p.m. in the summer.