You may think everything has a designated “day” these days. That may be true, but in the middle of summer, who can’t appreciate National Ice Cream Day!!!
Some people are real ice cream snobs, while others are just happy with any old frozen, sugary treat. In an effort to be inclusive, soft serve, gelato, frozen custard, and frozen yogurt are all included in the Rochester ice cream guide. People, it’s summer; it’s sweet! Yum!
So without further ado, here’s the scoop – sorry, I just couldn’t stop myself.
Located in the heart of the underground walking subway of the Kahler Hotel, you’ll find Caroll’s Cup! This fun shop is located right next to the famous Carrol’s Corn popcorn shop. With several different frozen yogurt flavors to choose from (you serve it yourself) and so many toppings…you can easily get something different each time you visit!
Address: (Subway of Kahler Grand Hotel) 20 2nd Avenue SW, Rochester MN, 55902
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10:00AM – 9:00PMWebsite
For frozen yogurt and all the candy you’ve ever dreamed of (according to my kids), Cherry Berry is the place. At this self-serve yogurt bar, simply fill your container with your yogurt of choice and whatever toppings you wish. Typically ten to twelve flavors are offered (they rotate regularly) and the array of toppings is vast (from fresh fruit to gummy bears and everything in between). The container is weighed and you pay by the ounce – 48 cents per ounce to be exact! Just monitor your kids carefully or you could end with a $10 bowl of yogurt.
Address: 123 16th Avenue SW, Suite 100
Daily: 11:00 a.m. 10:00 p.m.Website
Amazing gelato made daily! Gelato is Italian ice cream and typically contains less fat than traditional American ice cream but has a higher sugar content.
Located on the second floor of the Shops at University in downtown Rochester, Stam typically has about 20 flavor options which can be eaten from a cup or cone (or taken home in a pint to eat later). A few small tables outside the storefront allow customers to take a seat and enjoy their gelato. Bonus, Chocolaterie Stam has a huge selection of handmade chocolates.
Address: 111 South Broadway, Suite 208
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. // Sunday: 12 noon – 5:00 p.m.Website
Love that they have more than one location! Options people! We have options here in Rochester. You can find them on both the north and south side of town and at the Apache Mall.
Cold Stone is all about having it your way. Select a flavor from their vast selection and then choose your own mix-ins (nuts, chocolate chips, crushed candy bars, etc.). The ice cream and mix-ins are then carefully blended on a slab of frozen granite and served in a cup or cone. Yum!
They have cakes, too!
Address: 1050 Apache Mall, Rochester MN 55902
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. // Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Address: 2650 South Broadway, Suite 100
Phone: 507- 424-3717
Hours: Sunday -Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. // Friday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Address: 3780 Marketplace Dr. NW, Suite 111
Phone: 507- 424-3374
Hours: Sunday -Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. // Friday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.Website
Culver’s is our local purveyor of frozen custard. Wondering what differentiates frozen custard from traditional ice cream? The addition of extra egg yolks!
With a north and south location in town, satisfying your frozen custard craving is simple! Chocolate, vanilla, or flavor of the day, served in a cup, cone, sundae, shake, or malt. With mix-ins, your flavor options become unlimited! Additionally, other flavors are sold in prepackaged pints in the store. These franchises are independently owned, so check out their websites for the daily scoop on custard specials. Drive thru makes this sweet treat fast and convenient.
Address: 3380 55th St NW
Phone: 507- 281-8538
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Adress: 36 28th St SE
Phone: 507- 529-5052
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.Website
Dairy Queen is the place to go for classic soft-serve ice cream. From blizzards to twist cones to sundaes, DQ is a hit. With four locations in Rochester, you’ll always be able to satisfy your craving. Another bonus – ice cream cake! Note: The North, Southeast and North of Downtown locations are open April – October only!
Address: 4140 East Frontage Road,Highway 52 N
This location has a drive thru and outdoor seating.
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Address: 320 12th St SE
Daily: 10:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Address: 101 1st Ave SW, Ste s9 (lower level of the Marriott Hotel)
Hours: Sunday: Closed // Monday – Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. // Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This downtown Subway Level location provides a sweet break from the work day for downtown workers.
Address: 538 N. Broadway
Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Walk-up window service is part of the fun! Then grab a spot at the picnic table and enjoy your summer treat.
Who doesn’t love LOCAL! Flapdoodles is truly our very own hometown ice cream shop. The north location boasts a drive-thru, but for those of you on the south side, that just means a trip inside. And who can resist all of the zany slogans, riddles, and stories on the walls and tables?
With unique flavors like Cookie Monster, Zoo in the Goo, and French Toast, plus classics like vanilla and chocolate, who wouldn’t want to stop by? And just this year they partnered with the Gingerbread House, a local bakery. Now you can get ice cream cakes, too. Win Win!
Punch cards mean free treats. I won’t tell you how many free ice creams we’ve earned at our house!
Address: 3525 22nd Ave NW
Address: 1710 Broadway Ave South
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. // Friday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m.- 10:30 p.m. // Sunday: 12:00 Noon – 10:00 p.m.Website
Southeast Minnesota’s original homemade ice cream sandwich treat! While the recipe is a closely guarded secret, the treats are readily available at outdoor events and festival throughout the warm summer months! Visit them at Thursday’s on FirstWebsite
Rochester’s newest ice cream kiosk also happens to be our first and only rolled ice cream shop! Semi-melted ice cream is spread over a very cold plate and spread thin. Toppings and mix-ins are added. Then the ice cream is rolled up and put into a cup for you to enjoy! You have to experience it for yourself.
Address: Apache Mall
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. // Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Website
Who’s ready for some ice cream?