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Ice Cream vanilla, strawberry, chocolate

It’s spring, and today it actually feels like it across much of Michigan. Of course, this is Michigan, which means at any given moment we could be graced with snow and ice, even mid-spring. But, right now, warm weather and ice cream are on the mind.

I simply love ice cream. It’s probably my favorite food. The more chocolaty and decadent and cookie dough-laced, the better. Here in Michigan, we have an array of incredible ice cream shops, some that are open seasonally and others year-round. There’s lots of ice cream to go around, whether you prefer soft-serve (not for me) or regular.

Pure Michigan has put together a list of the best ice cream shops in Michigan. If anybody knows their Mitten ice cream, it’s Pure Michigan, since they handle all the touristy stuff around the state. Read on for the full list. The Pure Michigan crew was able to hit most areas of the state, including the U.P, so there are a broad range of ice cream shops on the list. I actually hope to hit all of them at some point, but that might be too unrealistic a goal!

I actually added my own picks to make this list 20, since some of the Pure Michigan picks have sadly closed. My main pick was the MSU Dairy Store on the campus of Michigan State University. If you’re ever in East Lansing, it’s really something you have to experience. They make all of their own ice cream, and since MSU is an agricultural college, you know it’s some of the best-tasting stuff around. I also included Quality Dairy, which is known for its fantastic ice cream around mid-Michigan. If you have a favorite ice cream spot that was left out, reach out to me on social media and let me know.

  • 20 Best Michigan Ice Cream Shops You Need to Visit

    This list is via Pure Michigan, with five additional shops added item, including the MSU Dairy Store, from me.

  • Milk & Honey Cafe and Ice Creamery - Traverse City

    Milk & Honey Cafe & Ice Creamery | Traverse City, MI 49684

    Milk & Honey Cafe and Ice Creamery is a family ice cream shop and espresso bar serving products made with high quality ingredients from local sources.

  • House of Flavors - Ludington

  • Marion’s Dairy Bar – East Tawas

  • Country Cone & Fudge Shop – Harrisville

    Country Cone & Fudge Shoppe - Harrisville, MI

    Phone number (989) 335-0137 Is this your business? Claim your business to immediately update business information, respond to reviews, and more! Claim This Business Frequently Asked Questions about Country Cone & Fudge Shoppe Is Country Cone & Fudge Shoppe currently offering delivery or takeout? Yes, Country Cone & Fudge Shoppe offers takeout.

  • Plainwell Ice Cream - Plainwell

    Espresso Flake is back!! For scooping and 1/2 gallons.

    Posted by Plainwell Ice Cream Co. on Sunday, March 20, 2022
  • Moo-ville Quality Ice Cream - Nashville

    Moo-Ville Quality Creamery

    Description Your family fun destination for old-fashioned down-on-the-farm fun, freshness and ice cream parlor. Come for a visit to see our dairy farm in operation and watch as we turn farm-fresh milk into delicious dairy products you can take home. MOO-Ville also has cheese, ground beef patties, cream cheese, sour cream, and local maple syrup.

  • Village Ice Cream and Cafe - Dimondale

    It was wonderful seeing so many familiar faces as well as meeting some of our new Guests. We are open today...

    Posted by Village Ice Cream & Cafe' on Monday, April 4, 2022
  • Jersey Junction Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor - Grand Rapids

    It’s officially patio season ☀️Thanks @thegrguide for stopping by!

    Posted by Jersey Junction on Friday, March 18, 2022
  • The Blue Moon Ice Cream Shop – Ovid

    Strawberry Dole Whip is this weeks flavor!🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦Enjoy as is or twist with vanilla, enjoy in a slush as a glacier! Make it a sundae with marshmallow topping 🤩 YUM!!!!!All Dairy Free!!!!

    Posted by The Blue Moon Ice Cream Shop on Sunday, April 10, 2022
  • Guernsey Farms Dairy - Northville

    Guernsey Farms Dairy

    Description Guernsey Farms Dairy has been family owned and operated since 1940. Our products are made using only the finest ingredients specially formulated by founder John McGuire. Guernsey Farms Dairy Restaurant and Store are located at the same site as our dairy processing plant.

  • Treat Dreams - Ferndale

    Treat Dreams

    Are you making a cake that calls for sour cream but you're all out? Or maybe you don't want to use dairy when baking your cake. Either way, you are in luck! There are a number of substitutes you can use instead of sour cream no matter what recipe you are using.

  • Cook's Farm Dairy, Inc. - Ortonville

    Cook's Farm Dairy, Inc.

    Description Visit our working dairy farm while enjoying a tasty treat! We're your one-stop location for the best homemade ice cream, fresh dairy products, and farm experience! Tours by advanced reservations.

  • Falling Rock Cafe - Munising

    Falling Rock Cafe & Bookstore - Munising, Michigan

    ORDER ONLINE We are a locally owned coffee shop and café conveniently located in downtown Munising; a perfect location for both travelers and residents. We provide free wireless internet, homemade food with vegan and gluten-free options, custom roasted coffee and gourmet tea, and yes, we do have delicious Jilbert's Dairy Ice Cream!

  • Rapid River Dairy Flo – Rapid River

    Rain or shine, it's ice cream TIME! Opening Wednesday April 13th!

    Posted by Rapid River Dairy Flo on Tuesday, April 12, 2022
  • MSU Dairy Store - East Lansing

    Dairy Store

    The MSU Dairy Store's Anthony Hall location will open for 2022 on January 26. Join us Wednesdays-Sundays during the spring semester, and don't forget your masks!

  • Quality Dairy Ice Cream

    An extra topping never hurts! 😀

    Posted by Quality Dairy on Monday, March 21, 2022
  • Detroit Water Ice Factory

    Our popular Motown Mint Chocolate Brown Bag Popcorn is back for its second year, but only through the end of this...

    Posted by Detroit Water Ice Factory on Wednesday, March 2, 2022
  • HattieGirl Ice Cream and Foods, LLC

    Our founder James Render met this lovely lady at University Foods in Midtown in Detroit today while stocking the freezer...

    Posted by HattieGirl Ice Cream and Foods on Saturday, April 2, 2022
  • Milk & Froth Ice Cream

    Milk & Froth

    Ice cream made from scratch in small batches. With classic and vegan options, don't miss this Detroit staple.