It’s nearly June, which means we can actually believe that temperatures will stay about 60 and snow isn’t actually on the horizon. Even in these distanced times, warm weather means we Milwaukeeans are absolutely itching to get outside and enjoy the few short months of Spring and Summer we get here. It feels like the perfect time to fill up on ice cream, frozen custard and popsicles to really celebrate, especially since getting outside is such a privilege right now.
We don’t know exactly when these Milwaukee-area institutions will be opened back up for regular service, but in the meantime, they are offering call-ahead, curbside pick-up and to-go options that mean we can still get our fill of sweet treats. Make sure you check in with each place before you visit for updated policies and hours.
Here are 7 Milwaukee shops serving up delicious frozen treats you absolutely have to try:
Purple Door Ice Cream: These folks have come up with all kinds of creative ways to make their ice cream available to go, from virtual ice cream party packs to sundae survival kits. You can get a scoop to go or grab pints, kits, ice cream sandwiches and more to go from their freezer. You can also order online for in-store pick up to avoid lines. With amazing flavors like banana peanut butter and even whiskey, you’ll find something everyone in the family will want to try here.
Kopp’s: These folks serve up chocolate and vanilla frozen custard every day, plus two specialty flavors from their rotating list of mouth-watering creations. You can grab a scoop to take with you or call ahead and place an order that you can then just walk up and grab, no need to wait in line and be with the crowds. They offer pints, quarts and gallons, shakes and malts and sundaes. With three area locations, you’re never far from this delicious, creamy frozen treat.
Leon’s Frozen Custard: A Milwaukee classic, Leon’s has always been grab-and-go and that hasn’t changed. You can’t linger and hang out, but you can still get this great custard in chocolate, vanilla or the flavor of the day, plus a whole menu of custardy creations.
Gille’s Frozen Custard: The flavor of the day usually lasts two days here, meaning you have more chance to find your favorite. Gille’s is accepting call in orders and has a pick-up window all set to serve to-go orders. You can’t sit here and enjoy your treat just yet, but they’ve made it super easy to stop and pick up some frozen custard to celebrate summer.
The Kiltie: This old-school drive-in was already set to handle distancing. You stay in your car and the treats come to you! There’s frozen custard, but also non-dairy options like fruit whips, so everyone can find something to enjoy. This is a nostalgic trip to a different time, making it well worth the short drive out of the city to experience it.
LeDuc’s Frozen Custard: This place that’s also a small drive out of the city is well worth it if for no other reason than they sell frozen custard pies. Yes, you read that correctly. Pies! These folks love to play with mix-ins and flavors, so on any given day you might find cereal shakes, puppy chow sundaes and pineapple upside down cake custard. They’re selling a to-go custard carton with everything you need for cones, sundaes and more. They’re open for take-out and ready to dazzle your tastebuds!
Pete’s Pops: You may have gotten to sample these flavor-packed popsicles at local farmer’s markets and fairs, but now they’ve got a brick and mortar location and are offering home delivery options! For a small fee, have $10 different flavors of these refreshing treats brought right to your door. Or order them for pick up from the store. These folks put together combinations you’d never have dreamed up, but they always deliver on taste.
Cold Spoons Gelato: These folks make all their icy Italian delights right on site and you’ll love the flavor-packed options, from dairy-free sorbet to rich and creamy salted caramel. Once you’ve had their extra creamy, intense gelato goodness, you’ll be wondering why you haven’t made stopping here a regular part of your routine.