What can I say, I love ice cream! Ice cream is probably my most favorite food on the planet. I totally want some right now just thinking about it. What’s better than ice cream, but ice cream made right here in Michigan?!?
Guernsey Ice Cream
Guernsey Farms Dairy has been family owned and operated since 1940. Guernsey Farms Dairy Restaurant, ice cream parlor, and store are located at the same site as their dairy processing plant in Northville. Guernsey carries 48 flavors which are served in the ice cream parlor as well as local grocery stores, most flavors are available in both half gallon and 3.5 gallon sizes. Shakes, banana splits, hot fudge sundaes, brownie fudge treats and many other fountain specials are also available for carry out purchases. One of my favorite Guernsey ice cream flavors is Moose Tracks.
Kilwin’s Chocolates & Ice Cream
The Kilwin’s website doesn’t have much information about their ice cream, but they’ve been around since 1947. They have locations in 16 different states, with 23 locations in Michigan. We usually visit the Kilwin’s on Liberty Street in Ann Arbor. My favorite flavor is the cinnamon crumb cake ice cream, it takes just like coffee cake! Dave recently tried a scoop of dulce de leche and it was fabulous!
Hudsonville Ice Cream
Hudsonville Ice Cream started when a group of local farmers who were looking for a better way to sell their dairy products banded together to form a new co-op. They chose a location on Chicago Drive in Hudsonville, Michigan, for this new venture, and in 1895 the Hudsonville Creamery was born. Hudsonville Ice Cream is now made in Holland and is available throughout Michigan and select areas of Ohio, Indiana & Illinois. They offer over 50 flavors and my favorite is the Triple Peanut Butter Cup, which I enjoyed recently at a ice cream parlour in downtown South Haven.
Stucchi’s Ice Cream
I can’t tell you about the history of Stucchi’s Ice Cream as it looks like their website is under development. I know they have two locations on in downtown Ann Arbor, one on South University and the other on State Street. My favorite flavor at Stucchi’s is Grasshopper Pie, which is kind of a combination of mint chocolate chip and cookies and cream. Both Sarah and my friend Katie, have worked as scoopers at Stucchi’s.
Ray’s Ice Cream
Ray’s Ice Cream started in 1958 in Royal Oak. The family still runs an old fashioned soda in Royal Oak and their ice creams are available in many local stores and restaurants. They offer 50 flavors, none of which I’ve had the pleasure to try, but soon, real soon! The pineapple coconut sounds divine!
The ice cream base is made at the dairy in Lincoln Park from milk from their own cows, then brought down to the ice cream plant on the farm in Carleton. They run small batches of each flavor, filling each container by hand. Calder Dairy offers 34 flavors. I think the Horchata (a traditional beverage from Spain, South and Central America made from almonds or rice) flavor sounds interesting. The ice cream is available in a cone, sundae or shake at the farm or their ice cream parlor. It is also available at local stores and for home delivery.
Sherman’s Ice Cream
Sherman’s Ice Cream has been around since 1916 and is still produced in South Haven. I’ll have to try Sherman’s Ice Cream the next time we’re in South Haven, but how will I choose what flavor to try: chocolate covered pretzel, chocolate cake batter, oatmeal cookie!?! I’m sure Dave would like to try “Caramel Caramel Caramel!” Sherman’s can be found at local stores and restaurants in southwest Michigan, northeast Indiana, and the greater Chicago area.
Stroh’s Ice Cream
Unfortunately, Stroh’s Ice Cream is no longer made in Detroit and is now owned by Dean Foods Company. The Detroit factory closed in 2007 and the ice cream is now made in Belvidere, Illinois. According to the Detroit News, “the Stroh’s Brewing Company began producing ice cream, soda and nonalcoholic beer in Detroit during Prohibition and continued to make ice cream after the nationwide ban on alcoholic beverages was lifted in 1933.“