There's no shortage of ice cream in Michigan this summer.
There's no shortage of ice cream in Michigan this summer.

You scream. I scream. Michiganders all scream for ice cream—but from where?

Editor’s Note: The topic for this story was picked exclusively by our readers, who voted last month to see us assemble a list of some of Michigan’s top-rated ice cream shops and creameries—no big ice cream chains, only locally operated businesses with one or two stores. This directory is also evolving to include reader suggestions and fan favorites. Don’t see your favorite local creamery on the list? Send an email to kyle@couriernewsroom.com; we’ll add it in. Click here to sign up for our weekly newsletter and have some input on a future feature story. 

MICHIGAN—July is National Ice Cream Month. And in the Mitten, that’s a pretty big deal.

According to the Michigan Ag Council, Michigan’s dairy cows produce a whopping 11 billion pounds of milk annually, which translates to 438 million gallons of ice cream (or about 14 billion scoops) every year. In other words, there will be plenty of ice cream to go around this summer.

Now all you have to do is decide which creamery or ice cream shop is worth your time—which can still be a pretty difficult decision given the sheer enormity of retailers spread across the state. So to help aid your sweet tooth this summer, we’ve compiled the following directory to help you get the inside scoop on some of Michigan’s tastiest ice cream shops and creameries. We’ll keep adding in more options throughout the summer, as well as direct feedback from readers.

The MSU Dairy Store is a favorite on the campus of Michigan State University (Courtesy/MSU Dairy Store)

Mid-Michigan

Arctic Corner (Lansing)

314 E. Grand River Ave. 

Babe’s Corner (Lansing)

800 E. Michigan Ave.

The Blue Moon Ice Cream Shop (Ovid)

9448 M-21

Chocolate Moose Ice Cream Factory (Portland)

116 E. Bridge St.

Great Lakes Ice Cream Co. (Midland)

901 E. Ashman St.

Grindstone General Store (Port Austin)

3206 Copeland Rd. 

MOO-ville Creamery (Nashville)

5875 S. M-66

MSU Extension Dairy Store (East Lansing) 

474 S. Shaw Lane

Park Lake Creamery (Bath)

6320 Park Lake Rd. 

The Spotted Cow (Adrian)

1336 N. Main St. 

Station 66 (Battle Creek)

4588 S. D Drive

Turtle Tom’s Ice Cream Shoppe (Eaton Rapids)

142 S. Main St. 

Village Ice Cream & Cafe (Dimondale) 

251 S. Bridge St. 

Southeast Michigan

Blank Slate Creamery (Ann Arbor)

300 W. Liberty St. 

Browndog Barlor and Restaurant (Northville)

120 W. Main St. 

Calder Dairy & Farm (Lincoln Park)

1020 Southfield Rd. 

Cook’s Farm Dairy (Ortonville)

2950 E. Seymour Lake Rd. 

The Daily Scoop (Mason)

350 S. Jefferson St.

Dairy King (Plymouth)

232 S. Main St. 

Erma’s Original Frozen Custard (Warren)

2080 14 Mile Rd. 

Guernsey Farms Dairy (Northville)

21300 Novi Rd. 

Ray’s Ice Cream (Royal Oak)

4233 Coolidge Highway 

Sanders Ice Cream Shoppe (Clinton Township)

23770 Hall Rd. 

Stroh’s Ice Cream Parlour (Wyandotte)

3162 Biddle Ave. 

Treat Dreams (Ferndale)

22965 Woodward Ave. 

True North Ice Cream (Marshall)

403 S. Kalamazoo Ave.

Uncle Ray’s Dairyland (Fenton)

1462 N. Leroy St. 

Washtenaw Dairy (Ann Arbor)

602 S. Ashley St. 

West Michigan

Furniture City Creamery in Grand Rapids stocks a wide selection of small-batch ice cream. (Courtesy/Furniture City Creamery)

Apple Knockers Ice Cream Parlor (Vicksburg)

220 W. Prairie St. 

Captain Sundae (Holland)

365 Douglas Ave. & 247 W. 40th St.

Charlie’s Round the Corner Ice Cream (Saugatuck)

132. Mason St.

The Cone Shoppe (Grand Rapids)

1225 N.E. Michigan St.

Country Dairy (New Era)

3724 S. 80th St.

Frosty Boy (Grand Rapids)

1757 Plainfield Ave.

Editor’s Note: Lisa Hayes here, dropping in to say Frosty Boy is my dog’s heaven on Earth. They make a doggie sundae for him, have vegan soft serve for my partner Jack, gluten free waffle cones for me, and all the kids’ faves. Plus they’re cheap AND have a punch card. Mad love for Frosty Boy.

Furniture City Creamery (Grand Rapids)

958 S.E. Cherry St.

Jersey Junction (Grand Rapids)

652 S.E. Croswell Ave.

Jones Homemade Ice Cream Parlor (Baldwin)

858 Michigan Ave. 

Lipka’s Old Fashioned Soda Fountain (Montague)

8718 Ferry St.

Love’s Ice Cream (Grand Rapids)

435 S.W. Ionia Ave. 

Editor’s Note: Lisa Hayes again. Yes yes the ice cream at Love’s is great, but trust me when I say you need one of their brownies, too. Do it.

Oink’s Dutch Treat (New Buffalo)

227 W. Buffalo St. 

Pekadill’s (Whitehall)

503 S. Mears Ave.

Pinkie’s Ice Cream and Desserts (Grand Rapids)

1127 S.E. Wealthy St. 

Plainwell Ice Cream Co. (Plainwell)

621 E. Bridge St. 

Sand Lake Party Store (Nottawa)

25595 M-86

Sherman’s Ice Cream (South Haven)

1601 Phoenix St. 

Northern Michigan

Moomers in Traverse City has been repeatedly recognized for its award-winning flavors. (Courtesy/Moomers Homemade Ice Cream)

Arcadia Ice House (Arcadia)

17073 Northwood Highway

Country Cone & Fudge Shoppe (Harrisville)

308 N. US-23

Downtown Scoops (Alpena)

101 N. 2nd Ave. 

House of Flavors (Ludington)

402 W. Ludington Ave. 

Marion’s Dairy Bar (East Tawas)

111 E. Bay St. 

Milk & Honey (Traverse City) 

240 E. Front St. 

Moomers (Traverse City)

7263 N. Long Lake Rd. 

Rapid River Dairy Flo (Rapid River)

7875 US-2

Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor (Mackinac Island)

1891 Cadotte Ave. 

The Tribune (Northport)

110 E. Nagonaba St. 

Upper Peninsula

A large sign welcomes customers to Molly Moo’s Ice Cream in St. Ignace. (Courtesy/Molly Moo’s Ice Cream)

Jilbert Dairy (Marquette)

200 Meeske Ave. 

Molly Moo’s Ice Cream (St. Ignace)

576 N. State St.