Where to find good ice cream in Columbus

Yes, summer hours are declining … in fact, we only have until 3:21 p.m., when fall officially arrives.

Whatever the season, however, you can still enjoy your favorite ice cream.

Recently, The Dispatch asked readers to share their comments on their favorite frozen treats and where they go to satisfy their cravings.

It is clear from the responses that there are many places to go in Greater Columbus to enjoy the delicious treat – Graeter’s, Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt, Dairy Queen and the Little Ice Cream Shoppe to name a few – a few.

So we thought it would be appropriate to end the summer by celebrating ice cream and sharing some readers’ favorites. Comments have been edited for more space and clarity.

Enjoy!

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The Little Ice Cream Shop

My favorite is The Little Ice Cream Shoppe, 3229 Hilliard Rome Road, Hilliard. I really love this place because the flavors are so amazing and good. When you walk around the store you never know what flavors will be in the case. This is one of the reasons I like to go there.

Their service is excellent and the workers are very nice. A worker once gave me extra chocolate sauce because I had braces and couldn’t get my favorite flavor which is Cookie Caramel Candy. I love this flavor because it has a lot of caramel chunks, cookies, and candy in it. It’s a small store but it’s the best. Visit the Little Ice Cream Shoppe Facebook page.

– Erin McCormick, Hilliard

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Weldons Olde Fashion Ice Cream Parlor

My favorite ice cream parlor is Weldons, 2887 Canal Drive, Millersport. They make excellent ice cream and vary the flavors throughout the year.

Their customer service is exceptional. Their boutique is an authentic step back in time, not decorated to look like the middle of the century. If you don’t want to sit inside, on their porch or picnic tables, you walk across the street and watch the boats on Buckeye Lake. (www.weldons.com)

– Louise Smith, Baltimore

Becky Kirby enjoying a soda at Graeter's

Graeter ice cream

Although I enjoy ice cream, I have a favorite ice cream treat that’s hard to find in many ice cream shops.

My favorite is (drum roll, please) chocolate ice cream soda.

I’m not talking about ice cream floats; I mean real frozen sodas made with sparkling water, chocolate (my choice) and ice cream.

Lucky for me, when I moved from Northeastern Ohio four years ago, I found out that Graeter’s (multiple locations) sells ice cream soda. Not only does Graeter’s sell them, they’ll also give you an extra cup of sparkling water. Now that’s a bonus!

Any ice cream soda lover knows that after the sparkling water runs out, all you have left is ice cream in your cup. Adding another cup of sparkling water makes it look like you’ve had two ice cream sodas instead of one – divine!

Fortunately, I live near two Graeter’s ice cream shops – one in Powell and one on Bethel Road in Columbus. (www.graeters.com)

– Becky Kirby, Powell

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Stela’s Ice Cream Shop and Cafe

I must recognize Stela’s Ice Cream Shoppe and Coffee House in Loudonville. We visited the store in early summer.

My husband wanted a chocolate milkshake and I wanted a mocha. I changed my mind as I stood in line. I inquired about the ice cream in the jar labeled “White Lightening” and the waiter said, “This is great, it tastes like a Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookie, only more intense.” Because I admired the deep blackness of the chocolate, I ordered a small cone. It was fantastic: mostly dark chocolate with a thick sliver of mint infused white fondant! No chewy cookie crumbs in this concoction!

Since this visit, I have been craving “White Lightening” several times a week. It is made by Perry Ice Cream, located in New York. Interestingly, this is the company that makes “Doughing, Doughing, Gone”, the official ice cream for the Indian baseball team. It’s widely available in the Cleveland area, but I can’t find Perry’s in the central Ohio area yet, which is a shame. Oh, but the Mohican area is a lovely place to visit … (Visit Stela’s Facebook page)

– Ann McDowell, Columbus

Aleta Anthony enjoying a waffle cone with Handel's Butter Pecan Ice Cream.

Handel’s homemade ice cream and yogurt

I’ll make it short and sweet (pun intended).

By far the absolute best ice cream is Handel’s Buttery Pecan.

There are more pecans per square inch than anyone deserves, and it’s so rich and creamy – simply delicious!

I’m freaking out if I don’t have a liter of this divine ice cream in my freezer ALL the time! And, I almost always have several other delicious flavors in my freezer, such as “Spouse like a House,” “Vanilla with Oreo,” and “Mint Chocolate Chip,” to name a few.

I can’t say enough good things about Handel’s, 399 W. Olentangy St, Powell, and their amazing ice cream. (www.handelsicecream.com)

– Aleta Anthony, Powell

Kathy Steffens agrees. His favorite ice cream: Handel’s Lime Pie in Powell. (Another local store on the west side of Columbus).

I get this flavor in a candy cone, but I also get the take-out size of a wrapped quarter. It really tastes like lime pie, is really creamy, and features graham cracker crust swirls like a real pie. Yums !!!

– Kathy Steffens, Columbus

Marilyn Make Johnson's love at Bexley

Johnson’s real ice cream

My favorite ice cream shop is Johnson’s at 2728 Main Street in Bexley (there are several locations in Greater Columbus). It has been a family business since 1950, and the fourth generation is now running it, and the fifth is working there. My favorite flavors are butterscotch and moose tracks. I can’t eat regular caramel because it sticks to my teeth, so it’s a way to get that delicious caramel taste and melt it in my mouth. Moose Tracks contains a variety of things and is delicious! Any flavor at Johnson’s other than moose tracks tastes of its name. (www.johnsonsrealicecream.com)

– Marilyn Fais, Bexley

Dell’s Homemade Ice Cream and Coffee

Please see Dell’s Ice Cream and Coffee, 9345 Dublin Road, Shawnee Hills. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!! And all of their ice cream is homemade!

– Renée Albert, Worthington

Rosemary Pomeroy with a small vanilla cone dipped in chocolate.

Queen of dairy products

I have to admit that Dairy Queen has always been a constant theme in a life filled with desserts. Growing up in Northwest Detroit, my go-to DQ was at 6 Mile Road and Outer Drive … part of the beautiful neighborhood where I grew up.

Over the years, I have visited many DQs in the great state of Michigan as well as my adopted state of Ohio. But in Columbus there are only two Dairy Queens that calmed my nerves and allayed all my fears, the DQ near Grandview Heights and in Worthington.

When I first moved to Columbus, I was a young aspiring lawyer awaiting my bar results. I would often stop at Dairy Queen on my way home from work at the law firm, ordering the same thing – a little vanilla cone dipped in chocolate. That has never changed since 1955, and it probably never will.

When my husband Mark and I moved to Worthington we moved there in part because of the Dairy Queen. I celebrated the end of my first pregnancy at Worthington DQ, the week before our Sarah was born.

Now I live in Orange Township, and guess what! We live about a 2 minute drive from the Dairy Queen …… not quite the same as Worthington or Grandview DQ but, I carry on the theme and live the ice cream dream!

– Rosemary Pomeroy, Colomb

Country Maid Ice Cream

Not local, but worth a visit and they’ve been around for years (50+). Less than two hours drive from Columbus, near the site of the old Richfield Coliseum at 3252 W. Streetsboro Road, Richfield. It is close to many other local attractions, ski areas, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Hale Farm and Village, Blossom Music Center, and more.

– David Kennedy, Upper Arlington

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