From frozen custard, gelato and iced treats to the good ol' fashioned stuff, here are the top ice cream shops in the Kansas City area.
Glace Artisan Ice at 4960 Main St. has rich, unusual and flavorful combinations concocted by local chocolatier Christopher Elbow. With fun combinations like fleur de sel carmel, caramelized banana, and pineapple cilantro sorbet, the all natural ingredients make Glace a summer must.
Reminiscent of the Mom and Pop shops of lore, Foo's Fabulous Frozen Custard in Leawood uses the freshest ingredients, without any preservatives. If their famed concretes or Foo's Favorite Sundaes don't win you over with one bite you can make your own. But you might want to give that Turtle Creek sundae a try.
When it's as hot as blazes in Kansas City, what do you want more than anything? A popsicle. Head to this great little joint on SW Boulevard. the word paleteria means popsicle, and this spot has every flavor you can possibly imagine, from mango-pineapple to mango-chile.
This cute little shop in downtown Lee's Summit is a hidden gem loved by locals since its inception in Raytown in the 1990's. With everything from concretes and custard to scoops and shakes, the sweet stuff is made with all natural ingredients in house--resulting in some seriously great tasting sweet stuff. Flavors change on a regular basis, and range from the usual (strawberry) and the interesting (brown sugar/sour cream), to the exotic (red velvet cake), all of which are mouth-watering.
Sheridan's made-from-scratch custard is the perfect treat on any hot day. What started in 1998 by KC Custard lover Jim Sheridan, has boomed into a custard mecca throughout the metro. With flavors like Mexican chocolate concrete, or a dish called "Dirt and Worms" (the "dirt" is crushed up cookies and the worms are the gummy variety), there's something for everyone at Sheridan's.
One of the first ice cream flavors David Friesen and Mary Nguyen created together was called lavender honey. It's now a staple of Betty Rae's Ice Cream, a shop lovingly named for his grandmother. The couple worked at venerable ice cream shops like Jeni's in Columbus, Ohio and Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream in Columbia, Missouri (which is where they met), before opening their own shop in 2016. All their ice creams are homemade on site.
This unusual food truck, the brainchild of pastry chef Natasha Goellner, serves ice cream and other various treats wherever she feels like pulling up the parking brake.
The name means "circus of sugar," and while Cirque du Sucre has standard flavors like chocolate and strawberry, it also offers more unorthodox varieties of ice cream, like sweet pea, cucumber raspberry and sweet corn on the menu.
With locations in Olathe and Lawrence, Sylas and Maddy's Homemade Ice Cream has been a staple in the Kansas City area since 1997. They go all-in on every flavor: a watermelon sherbet uses an entire watermelon, and their pie flavors use an actual whole pie for each bucket of ice cream they create.