20 essential Detroit area ice cream shops you should have tried by now

There’s nothing better than a hot summer day and frozen treat to cool you down. While there are some great chain places, nothing beats the smaller ice cream shops dishing out soft-serve and hard scoops on those scorching days.

From dipped cones and banana split sundaes to towering milkshakes and waffle sandwiches, you’re sure to scream for these frozen dessert shops.
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Ashby’s Sterling of Grosse Pointe
20081 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods; 313-886-2560; ashbysicecream.com
Since 1984, Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream has been raking in awards and dishing out the goods for their dairy treats. You can turn any of their ice creams into a delicious shake.
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Ashby’s Sterling of Grosse Pointe

20081 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods; 313-886-2560; ashbysicecream.com

Since 1984, Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream has been raking in awards and dishing out the goods for their dairy treats. You can turn any of their ice creams into a delicious shake.

Frosty Boy
38650 Jefferson Ave., Harrison Twp; 586-465-3322 
Conveniently located next to Lake St. Clair Metro Park, Frosty Boy is Harrison Township’s beloved frozen custard spot. They’ve got soft serve, Dole whips, sundaes, shakes, flurries, and banana splits, but most importantly, they offer pup cups so your four-legged friends can get in on the ice cream action.
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Frosty Boy

38650 Jefferson Ave., Harrison Twp; 586-465-3322
Conveniently located next to Lake St. Clair Metro Park, Frosty Boy is Harrison Township’s beloved frozen custard spot. They’ve got soft serve, Dole whips, sundaes, shakes, flurries, and banana splits, but most importantly, they offer pup cups so your four-legged friends can get in on the ice cream action.
Mangonadas Del Barrio
1210 Lawndale St., Detroit; 313-724-6074
A southwest Detroit favorite is home of the Mangonada, a frozen spicy Mexican fruit drink, but it also offers some incredibly over the top frozen treats and ice cream options.
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Mangonadas Del Barrio

1210 Lawndale St., Detroit; 313-724-6074
A southwest Detroit favorite is home of the Mangonada, a frozen spicy Mexican fruit drink, but it also offers some incredibly over the top frozen treats and ice cream options.
Jim’s Frostie Treats
1528 E. Eleven Mile Rd., Royal Oak; 248-399-7919; jimsfrostietreats.com
Jim’s Frostie Treats has been a Royal Oak favorite since 1969, serving traditional soft-serve flavors, shakes, Dole whip, and more.
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Jim’s Frostie Treats

1528 E. Eleven Mile Rd., Royal Oak; 248-399-7919; jimsfrostietreats.com
Jim’s Frostie Treats has been a Royal Oak favorite since 1969, serving traditional soft-serve flavors, shakes, Dole whip, and more.
Treat Dreams
22965 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-544-3440 | 4160 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-818-0084
Treat Dreams rotates its ice cream flavors often, but don’t think you’ll only go and find chocolate or vanilla. You might walk in and see lobster bisque or zucchini bread on the menu.
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Treat Dreams

22965 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-544-3440 | 4160 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-818-0084

Treat Dreams rotates its ice cream flavors often, but don’t think you’ll only go and find chocolate or vanilla. You might walk in and see lobster bisque or zucchini bread on the menu.
Screamers
44666 Mound Rd., Sterling Heights; 586-254-1414; goscreamers.com
Screamers is a family-owned ice cream shop founded in 2010. It might be younger than some of the other shops on this list, but it serves the same great ice cream flavors that we’re used to.
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Screamers


44666 Mound Rd., Sterling Heights; 586-254-1414; goscreamers.com
Screamers is a family-owned ice cream shop founded in 2010. It might be younger than some of the other shops on this list, but it serves the same great ice cream flavors that we’re used to.
Doug’s Delight
1108, 23110 John R. St., Hazel Park; 248-307-7970
There’s nothing more Michigan than a Sanders bumpy cake and at Doug’s Delight you can get a Bumpy Cake Dougie (their version of a DQ Blizzard).
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Doug’s Delight

1108, 23110 John R. St., Hazel Park; 248-307-7970
There’s nothing more Michigan than a Sanders bumpy cake and at Doug’s Delight you can get a Bumpy Cake Dougie (their version of a DQ Blizzard).
The Custard Hut
25947 W. Warren St., Dearborn Heights; 313-278-5577
Who says your frozen custard only has to be served in a cone or a cup? At The Custard Hut you can get your favorite frozen flavor packed between two waffles.
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The Custard Hut

25947 W. Warren St., Dearborn Heights; 313-278-5577

Who says your frozen custard only has to be served in a cone or a cup? At The Custard Hut you can get your favorite frozen flavor packed between two waffles.
Garrido’s Bistro and Pastry 
19605 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe; 313-466-3042;  garridosbistro.com 
Yes, Garrido’s is a restaurant offering Venezeulan cuisine, but don’t let that distract you from their mouthwatering, sky-high frozen treats.
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Garrido’s Bistro and Pastry

19605 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe; 313-466-3042; garridosbistro.com
Yes, Garrido’s is a restaurant offering Venezeulan cuisine, but don’t let that distract you from their mouthwatering, sky-high frozen treats.

The Custard Company
2801 Monroe St., Dearborn; 313-274-1750; thecustardco.com
The Custard Company carries a variety of frozen delicacies including cookie sandwiches, shakes, and their ever popular sweet bun ice cream sandwiches.
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The Custard Company

2801 Monroe St., Dearborn; 313-274-1750; thecustardco.com

The Custard Company carries a variety of frozen delicacies including cookie sandwiches, shakes, and their ever popular sweet bun ice cream sandwiches.