With National Ice Cream Day coming up this weekend, on Sunday July 17, I thought now is a great time to highlight some of the top Raleigh area places to pick up some frozen treats. Whether you like yours on a cone, in a cup, smothered in hot fudge or caramel, or topped with a cherry - one of these places is guaranteed to have something you like!
Our family's favorite place has to be Goodberry's since they have such a great variety of sundaes - plus the list of ingredients for you to add into your concrete is virtually endless! There's definitely something for everyone at Goodberry's.
With several area locations there's bound be one near you!
Visit the Goodberry's website for locations and hours.
Keep reading for a list of even more great frozen treat eateries in the area and let's celebrate National Ice Cream Day!
Lumpy's Ice Cream
306 East Wait Avenue
Wake Forest NC 27587
Founded by Buck Buchanan, Lumpy’s Ice Cream has been growing organically since its humble beginnings in 2001. The commitment to offer a healthy treat came from Buck’s personal experience.
With a background in fine dining, Buck moved from Vermont to Raleigh, North Carolina, and was looking for an opportunity. One fine day to treat his kids, he made some ice cream from locally-sourced hormone-free milk and fresh fruits, and without any additives or food color. Watching the pure joy it bought to his kids, he encountered an ‘Aha!’ moment and decided to take this further. Shortly, Lumpy’s Ice Cream was formed, production moved to a shed behind of his house, and Buck remained the company’s only employee for several more months serving only at concerts and fairs.
Word about Lumpy’s Ice Cream spread and soon reached NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Through their Goodness Grows In NC program, the business got immense support and soon expanded its production, employees, and reach.
Fresh. local ice cream
6033 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh NC 27612
Brett, owner and operator of Fresh, is the mastermind behind all of this delicious ice cream. He's been making ice cream for the last 30 years and he's been creating amazing flavors at Fresh for the past four years. Originally from New York, Brett now lives in North Carolina, and his mission is to provide everyone in Raleigh the freshest local ice cream possible.
With a brick + mortar location plus an ice cream truck, Fresh can be where ever you'd like them to be. Ask about how to book their truck for your next party or company gathering.
305 S Blount St
Raleigh NC 27601
Treat has partnered with Hillsborough’s Maple View Farm to bring hormone-free and antibiotic-free ice cream and sorbet to downtown Raleigh.
Maple View Farm's grass-fed cows graze on pesticide-free Orange County pastures. Maple View has long been known as the premier ice cream maker in the Triangle region and has also received national recognition as one of the best in the country.
Treat also strives to work with other local, regional, and statewide favorites as well, including Raleigh’s own Videri Chocolate Factory, Crank Arm Brewing and Benelux Coffee, Mooresville's Uncle Scott's Root Beer, and what is arguably the official state soft drink, Cheerwine from Salisbury.
Bruster’s is the country's premium ice cream retail franchise with more than 200 stores in 18 states, making real ice cream the way ice cream should be made.
Each and every store is owned by real people who are truly passionate about ice cream. And they all make their fresh ice creams, cakes, pies, and even waffle cones right inside their stores.
Bruster’s makes more than 140 recipes of out-of-this-world fresh ice cream and serves it up in crispy waffle cones and waffle bowls everyday.
Chuck + Buck Cones 'N Cups
4610 Capital Blvd
Raleigh NC 27604
Originally from Maryland, Joshua's first childhood memories of food were picking fresh fruit from his grandfather’s garden. His grandfather was known as "BUCK" (short for Buckingham). He also spent a lot of time watching his Bavarian mother cooking and baking as a child. Eventually his love of art and food led to an interest in pursuing a career in the food industry. He enrolled in the esteemed pastry program at The Baltimore International College - School of Culinary Arts. In 1999, he received a degree in Applied Science in Professional Baking & Pastry.
Inspired by the slower pace and southern style, he and his wife moved to North Carolina in 2007, where they raise their four children; two boys and two girls. Life is full of laughter, fun, and hard work. They like to celebrate the "little moments" and could not find a family friendly sit down environment to share the simple treasures of ice cream and desserts.
This led to the decision of opening up a local ice cream shop serving homemade ice cream in Raleigh, NC. They desired a place where family, friends, and youth could come and celebrate life! Finding this location on Capital Boulevard seemed to be a perfect match with Little Caesars Pizza right next door. The Grand Opening date was 9/12/2014. They encourage you to bring your sports team, youth group, book club, friends, and family. Grab some pizza if you desire, have some dessert, and let the "good times roll!"
8531 Brier Creek Pwy #115
Raleigh NC 27617
Maggie Moo's of Brier Creek has gone local - with a new name, new look, new flavors, and a whole lot of homemade goodness!
Mixx's super premium ice cream is made fresh in the treatery. You can create your own ice cream masterpiece by selecting one of their Award-Winning ice cream flavors and choosing your favorite mix-ins.
check the calendar on their website for their next location
In March 2015, Jared Plummer, with the help of his wife Kelsey, launched Two Roosters Ice Cream after five years of planning. The brand can be recognized by their "swag wagon", a turquoise 1965 Ford truck that Plummer bought off of Craigslist and paired with a matching vintage-looking camper. This mobile setup allows Plummer to move to different locations all of the Raleigh area.
Two Roosters uses only the best ingredients to make a wide variety of ice cream flavors and Plummer even supports other local small businesses by incorporating their food into some of his flavors.
Menchie's opened its first store in Valley Village, a suburban community of Los Angeles, California, on May 15, 2007, by husband & wife team Danna & Adam Caldwell. The Menchie's concept emerged from a story of two lovebirds and their common love of frozen yogurt, when Adam took Danna to a frozen yogurt store on their first date; that was when Danna's sweet tooth took over, and the world of frozen yogurt was never the same again...
If it has anything to do with ice cream, it has everything to do with Cold Stone Creamery. From unique ice cream "Creations" to smoothies, cakes and shakes – nobody serves up the ultimate indulgence like Cold Stone.
Start by choosing one of our ice cream, yogurt or sorbet flavors--made fresh in our stores every day--then choose from a wide variety of fruits, candies or nuts to have mixed into your ice cream. We'll use our signature process for preparing your custom creation on a frozen granite stone. Finish it off with a fresh baked waffle cone or bowl!
sweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt began when entrepreneur Derek Cha, along with his wife Annah Kim and two children, moved to Richmond, Va., in 2009. At that time, frozen yogurt shops were primarily located on the West Coast, but Derek became attracted to the concept because of its simplicity and low cost. Even in the midst of an unfriendly economy, he felt the time was right to enter the frozen yogurt market. So with faith, prayer, and the support of family and friends, the first sweetFrog store opened later that year in the Short Pump subdivision of Richmond.
Five years later, sweetFrog has grown by leaps and bounds (or hops)! Currently, sweetFrog has over 335 stores operating in 25 states, with international locations in the United Kingdom and the Dominican Republic. Derek and Annah couldn't be more proud of the business and its continued growth!
I hope you found this helpful in finding your next location for an ice cream outing with your friends and family! Be sure to share your favorite local ice cream destination in the comments also.
Happy National Ice Cream Day!
Hello! I'm Carli, a girl originally from Ohio, who could not be more proud to call Raleigh home the last 12+ years. By day, I work at SAS Institute but when I'm not working, I'm a mom to an amazing boy and 2 dogs. In my free time, I love to stay active working out, playing sports, traveling, crafting, attending a sports game/concert, or shopping!