Here’s the Scoop on the Best Ice Cream in Southwest Michigan


The warm Michigan summer weather seems to be here to stay, which means the celebration of National Dairy Month in June couldn’t have come at a better time. While a lot of dairy products including cheese, butter, and milk are great, our one true love is ice cream. Ice cream is perfect for a hot summer day—or really any day—and we’ve got the scoop on some of the best places in Southwest Michigan. We dairy you to try them all:

  1. Whether you’re craving a classic scoop or something with a twist, The Big Dipper in Schoolcraft serves up delicious ice cream any day of the week.
  2. A longtime local favorite, Treat Street in Kalamazoo offers ice cream flavors galore in banana splits, turtle sundaes, shakes, or cones. Instead of the parlor, you’ll have to enjoy it curbside these days.
  3. Plainwell Ice Cream ties together its infamous homemade ice cream with an incredible sense of community.
  4. Stroll down to the South Haven Pier with a cone from Captain Nemo’s to complete your day at the beach!
  5. Vicksburg’s Apple Knockers Ice Cream Parlor scoops up authentic and homemade desserts from basic ice cream cones to The Apple Knocker Sundae.
  6. When you see the Blue Moo cow on top of Sherman’s Dairy Bar in South Haven, you know you’re in for a treat. Sherman’s is famous for their old-fashioned ice cream with a multitude of flavor options and enormous scoop sizes.
  7. Lafayette Creamery in Texas Corners recently announced they are opening a new location in Paw Paw, which means they will be able to share their great ice cream, eager service, and delicious rotation of flavors with even more hungry folks.
  8. As if ice cream cones weren’t good enough, Bella Creamery in Portage serves ice cream cakes that look amazing enough to send a cow over the moon.
  9. With over 24 flavors of soft serve ice cream, and even some of the best burgers in Gobles, Lickity Split Ice Cream and More is the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth and your hunger.
  10. While waiting for your prescription at Westlake Drug & Giftshop, have a seat at the old-fashioned soda fountain and enjoy a treat, featuring Sherman’s Finest ice cream. It’s the only pharmacy in the Portage-Kalamazoo area that maintains a working soda fountain.

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