Some might call Columbus the ice cream capital of the country. We wouldn’t call them wrong...
According to the International Dairy Foods Association, Americans consume about 23 gallons of ice cream each year, on average. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day to commemorate this tasty treat that is central to so many American communities. In Columbus, we have so many great options for indulging in our city’s favorite confection. Check out a list of some of our favorites so you can celebrate today, and every day!
Please note, some of the businesses listed might be experiencing adjusted hours as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Be sure to check individual websites before you go.
This nationally lauded artisan ice cream brand was built from the ground up right here in Columbus. The first location opened in the North Market in 2002, where they still have a spot today, along with freestanding scoop shops around the city. Jeni’s pints can also be found in many grocery stores and ordered online so you can safely spread the love to friends and family by sending them a thoughtful treat.
Velvet Ice Cream is a more than 100-year-old family company located about an hour from downtown Columbus in Utica. Traditionally, free factory tours are offered at the family homestead from May to October, but those short on time wanting to try this local treat need not look further than their location in the food court at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
This locally owned franchise offers 32 flavors of ice cream, fudge, brittle, caramel, chocolate, gift baskets and special-order items alongside a full espresso bar. As the core of the company’s mission, profits are used to support local charitable organizations such as the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer.
Johnson’s has been making real ice cream for four generations and counting and is a staple in the central Ohio ice cream scene. Using the highest quality ingredients, the finest flavorings and family recipes, everyone is sure to find something they like when belly up to the counter.
Started in our sister city of Cincinnati in 1870, Graeter’s is the only ice cream manufacturer anywhere in the world to use the French Pot process that creates a much denser product than the average ice cream. In 2002, Oprah declared it the best ice cream she’d ever tasted and with shops all across the city, it’s easy to get a taste.
Rolled ice cream, inspired by the street vendors of Thailand, has been growing ever more popular in the United States in recent years. The customizable made-to-order treat are both fun to watch and delectable to eat as the never-been-frozen ingredients transform from liquid to ice cream rolls before your eyes.
If there’s one thing millennials can’t be accused of killing, it’s the ice cream industry. With that in mind, CRMD (Creamed) traditionally stays open until 2 a.m. to offer the bar-hopping masses a choice of nearly 20 ice creams and sorbets with one topping in a bowl, cone or Beijing-inspired puffle.
For almost a year, the Short North has offered a new international goody to enjoy – Dulce Vida Ice Cream Factory. The extensive menu features ice creams and fruit-based treats alongside tamales, tortas, churros and more.