If you’ve had enough plain vanilla scoops or want to mix it up with a new taste sensation, Metro Detroit’s ice cream parlors and custard connoisseurs have you covered.
Luckily for Metro Detroit, there is a long history of great ice cream, whether it is from small mom-and-pop dessert parlors to the big names, such as Stroh’s ice cream. There are plenty of additional options for people who need dairy-free or vegan with new innovators opening up regularly throughout the area.
One word of warning: These creative food types really like to change up their menu boards on a regular basis. Because of that, you’ll need to keep track of their social media or know the rotating schedule to ensure your favorite weird ice cream concept is still available. Chances are, they’ll be happy to get your mixing back in the mix when they can as well.
If you’re looking for some crazy flavors, check out these innovators and see what’s new on the menu.
This is the OG of fabulous ice cream and wild concoctions. There are the introductory fun flavors that just make you drool a bit, like Banana Bread. It features cinnamon ice cream with homemade banana bread pieces, chocolate chips and a peanut butter swirl. If you want to take it up a notch, you can try the more exotic items including Hot Jalapeno, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Michigan Salad. Treat Dreams has earned the title of offering “the most original and innovative homemade Ice Cream in Michigan.”
The name says it all – this Detroit vegan and dairy soft serve is the truth and then some. They make everything from scratch, from the waffle cones to the toppings to the sauces. Everything is indeed “curated with love,” as they say on social media. Check out the Horchata flavor with house-toasted coconut and a chili mocha drizzle. Another recent favorite was the dark chocolate dipped gf/v waffle cone with vanilla and strawberry-rhubarb compote as well as the Superman and chocolate cherry fudgsicles.
We know…custard isn’t the same as ice cream. But the brilliant minds at Wally’s Frozen Custard in St. Clair Shores have a seemingly never-ending list of crazy desserts, ranging from its giant fire-helmet sundae to its signature whirlies. The most recent update to its traditional custard recipe included Key Lime Custard, Lemon Chiffon Yogurt and Orange Dole Whip.
Grosse Pointe Woods families know that when they need something special to celebrate a fun event, they can head to this Mack Avenue bistro. They use ice cream as a base for a treat that is stacked about a mile high with everything thrown in including a milkshake, ice cream sandwiches, crunch cakes, cake pops and scoops of ice cream topped with fudge sauce and homemade whipped cream.
Well, they don’t traditionally serve ice cream. But everything about this bakery and eatery screams creativity. Here’s why they deserve to be included on a list of fun desserts – its latest macaron comes in the shape of a hamburger, complete with a chocolate coconut exterior that looks exactly like a bun. They also have funnel cake cupcakes, so they make every dessert list in our book!