Ice cream, custard, potato-patato. Just kidding there's a highly-debated difference but in Wisconsin, we appreciate both. Discover the best places for a cold treat this summer.
Briq's Soft Serve, or you may know it as the "Home of the 1 lb. Cone," is a Wausau-based ice cream shop. Briq's has three Wisconsin locations in Wausau, Weston and Mosinee. The Wausau and Weston locations opened on Feb. 28, and the Mosinee location opened on March 2.
Popular ice cream brand Cedar Crest has a parlor in Manitowoc. This brand produces premium quality ice cream and was the first to come up with the idea of "tracks" in ice cream with their flavor Elephant Tracks. The shop opened for the season on March 1.
Oscar's Frozen Custard is another popular custard spot in the Milwaukee area. This chain has three locations in Waukesha, Franklin and Milwaukee. Stop by anytime all year round.
The official start of summer for Fort Atkinson and Janesville is the day Frostie Freeze opens. Frostie Freeze is a locally owned soft serve stand that's been around for over 30 years. If you find yourself near the bright pink ice cream stand be sure to order your cone with their "Twinkle Coat." The Fort Atkinson Frostie Freeze opened on March 2, while the Janesville location is waiting until mid-March.
Georgie Porgie's Burgers and Custard is a unique Treefort restaurant in Oak Creek, Wis. The indoor trees and wooden decor will make you feel like you're in a real tree fort. Georgie Porgie's is open year-round.
Kelley Country Creamery is a farmstead dairy in Fond du Lac. The cows on the farm produce the milk used to make their ice cream specialties such as ice cream sandwiches and cakes. The creamery opened for the season on March 2.
Pop's Custard is open year-round in Menomonee Falls, Wis. Check their Facebook page for daily flavor specials!
Leon's Frozen Custard is a family-owned Milwaukee business whose main focus is "To serve the Freshest and Finest Frozen Custard available anywhere." Leon's is open year-round.
Belt's Soft Serve was founded in 1981 in Stevens Point, Wis. Belt's opened for this season on March 2 and is especially known for its ice cream flurries.
Hansen's Ice Cream Parlor is in Wilmot, Wis. This spot offers everything from single scoop to "The Wilmot MEGA Sundae" that contains 10 scoops of ice cream and five toppings. Share it with your friends or dive in on your own and get your picture shared on the shop's Facebook page. Hansen's opens on March 10.
The Windmill Ice Cream Shoppe is a Tomahawk ice cream shop. Their mission at Windmill is, "to serve up fantastic ice cream treats and help create family memories." This shop opens on April 25.
Wilson's Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor takes visitors back in time with the old fashioned soda fountain and ice cream specialties. Wilson's is located in Door County and opens for the summer on May 17.
Ferch's Malt Shoppe & Grille is located in Greendale, Wis. The main Greendale location is open year-round, but Ferch's Beachside Grille on Grant Park Beach opens May 19. Try their unique marble top custard creations!
Gilles Frozen Custard, also known as Milwaukee's Oldest Custard Stand, has been operating since 1938. This stand is open year-round and offers monthly specials like Jameson Custard!
Gessert's Ice Cream and Confectionery is an Elkhorn Lake ice cream parlor that offers over 24 flavors of ice cream. Gessert's is open May through the last week in September.
Cone Zone is a soft serve ice cream stand in Milton. This seasonal stand is opening back up in the spring.
Milty Wilty is a drive-in in Wautoma, Wis. This 1950s custard stand opens back up for the year in the spring.
Zesty's is a custard stand with three locations in the Green Bay area. Two locations, Allouez and Howard, are open year-round while the De Pere location is set to open early summer.
Michael's Frozen Custard is an award-winning custard stand in Madison. It's been featured in the New York Times, New York Post and the Food Network. Get custard here year-round.
Mullen's Dairy Bar and Eatery dates back to 1932. This Watertown ice cream destination offers a variety of shakes, sundaes and sweet treats all year round.
The Pearl Ice Cream Parlor & Confectionery is a 1930s inspired ice cream shop in La Crosse, Wis. Over 90 percent of the ice cream here is homemade. The Peal is open year-round.
Kopp's is a familiar destination for all Milwaukee custard lovers. The stand was founded in 1950 and the first to offer "Flavor of the Day" deals. You can get custard year-round at this sweet spot.