National Ice Cream Day!

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream- am I right??

Did you also know that July is National Ice Cream Month?  In 1984, President Ronald Reagan named July National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month (the 19th this year!) as National Ice Cream Day.  Lucky for my kids, I got to investigate different ice cream shops for this article!  Follow along for a listing of local ice cream places (it’s nearly impossible to list them all, so we did our best!) that you may want to visit during National Ice Cream Month!  Try someplace new or visit your local favorites!

**All listed restaurants can be found on Facebook.  If restaurants have stand-alone websites, they are listed below.  Also, business hours may vary due to COVID.

To the North

Chitter Chatter

8144 Airport Hwy, Holland, Ohio 43528

Hours 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Chitter Chatter serves up soft-serve ice cream with many options of classic and specialty sundaes, like Sea Turtle Truffle (vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, roasted pecans, salted caramel truffles) and Peanut Butter Supreme (vanilla ice cream, peanut butter, banana, Spanish peanuts).  Other favorites include slushes, flurries, and a banana split.  Chitter Chatter serves sandwiches, nachos, polish sausage, and soft pretzels.  It also offers a large open field with different seating options.  To my kids, it’s known as “the place with the huge ice cream cone”.

Handel’s

https://handelsicecream.com/

5908 W Sylvania Ave, Toledo, Ohio 43623

5655 Secor Road, Toledo, Ohio, 43623

Hours 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Handel’s is a national company, with two locally owned, franchised locations in Toledo.  Handel’s has homemade hard-dipped ice cream.  They have some flavors that stick around all year, and other seasonal flavors (like apple pie and caramel apple in the fall).  Handel’s also serves Handel Pops, which is a scoop of ice cream covered in chocolate and served on a stick.  Other favorites from Handel’s include the banana split, speciality sundaes, milkshakes and smoothies.  Can’t decide which flavor to get?  Try the 4 Scoop Sampler!  Handel’s sells half and full pints to take home and has a drive thru that is open year round!

Mayberry Ice Cream

https://www.mayberryicecreamsylvania.com/

5645 Mayberry Sq. East, Sylvania, Ohio 43560

Hours 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Mayberry serves both soft serve and hand-dipped ice cream.  They have a variety of sundaes including the Brownie Surprise (fudge brownie bites and chocolate), the PB Explosion (PB sauce, chocolate sauce, and Reese’s Pieces) and the “Elvis” (bananas, PB sauce and peanuts).  Mayberry also offers Concrete Mixers with options such as Lucky Charms cereal, cookie dough, and gummy worms.  The shop includes coffee options such as lattes, chai tea, and frappes.  They currently have a COVID special that includes 2 pints of ice cream, toppings, and waffle cone chips to make your own sundae bar at home!

 

To the South

Sundaze

21018 Haskins Rd, Haskins, Ohio 42525

Hours 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Sundaze serves soft-serve ice cream, Sundaze blasts (soft serve mixed with candy), floats, and milkshakes.  They have a selection of specialty sundaes including Heavenly Heath (heath, peanuts, chocolate sauce, and caramel sauce), Mint Brownie Madness (Andes Mints, brownie bites, mint sauce, and chocolate sauce) and -my kids’ favorite- the Dirt with Worms (gummy worms, chocolate sauce, and Oreos).  Pizza is also served here and includes traditional and specialty pizzas such as the Ranch (chicken, bacon, and ranch sauce) and Hula Dancer (ham, pineapple, bacon, and onion).  Other food includes hot dogs, mozzarella sticks, and shredded chicken sandwiches.

Pee Wee’s Dari Snak

5700 Fremont Pike, Stony Ridge, Ohio 43551

Hours 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Pee Wee’s offers a wide variety of food on their menu, in addition to ice cream treats!  There are many different sandwiches including barbecue beef, shredded chicken, and cheeseburgers.  Side orders include onion rings, macaroni and cheese bites, jalapeno poppers, and dill pickle spears.  Pee Wee’s novelty sundaes include Peanut Butter and Jelly (vanilla ice cream, peanut butter, jelly, graham crackers, and whipped cream) and Black Forest (vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, cherry topping, pecans, and whipped cream).  Other favorites include shakes, smoothies, slushes, flurries, and floats.  A friend shared that their hot fudge is her favorite because it’s actually hot and is a “gooey delicious mess!”

Dietsch Brothers Fine Chocolates and Ice Cream

https://dietschs.com/

Main Store

400 West Main Cross St., Findlay, OH 45840

Hours T-F- 9am-9pm; Saturday- 10am-9pm; Sunday- 12pm-5pm; Closed Monday

East Store

1217 Tiffin Ave., Findlay, OH 45840

Hours MWRFSa- 11am- 9pm; Sunday 1pm-9pm; Closed Tuesday

Dietsch Brothers are known both for their chocolate shop and their ice cream!  They boast a wide variety of ice cream flavors- some staples that stick around all year and other seasonal flavors that come and go.  Flavors include black raspberry chocolate chunk, buckeye, chocolate pretzel caramel swirl, and Mackinac Island Fudge.  They also have shakes, malts, pies, cakes, and punch, along with personalized ice cream slices that you can have stenciled with different messages!  Don’t skip the chocolate shop if you visit- their chocolate covered pretzels are a favorite of mine!

Sundae Station

1240 W Wooster St, Ste B, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402

Hours 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

The Sundae Station has a large food menu, in addition to their ice cream menu!  Sandwiches include shredded chicken, BBQ pulled pork, grilled bologna, and cheeseburgers, along with appetizers such as fried pickles, mini tacos, Bosco breadsticks, and nachos with cheese.  Thursdays are Coney Dog Day- only $1.75 each!  They also have a daily lunch special.  The Sundae Station has milkshakes (with or without candy), malts, floats, and slushes.  They have both soft serve ice cream and hand-dipped ice cream.  Specialty sundaes include Puppy Chow, Peanut Butter Cup, Tin Roof, and Strawberry Shortcake.  Avalanches are also available with mixers such as almond joy, cherry cheesecake, and buckeye.

 

In the Middle

Generals Ice Cream

https://www.generalsicecream.com/

6751 Providence St, Whitehouse, Ohio 43571

Hours 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Generals is located in downtown Whitehouse, right off the Wabash Cannonball Trail (in case you’re out for a run/walk/bike and need some yummy refreshments!).  They serve both hard and soft-serve ice cream and have over 20 sundaes.  Some of my family’s favorites include the Cookie Monster (vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, cookie dough, and chocolate chip cookies), Buckeye (vanilla ice cream, peanut butter, mini buckeyes, and chocolate cone dip) and Dirt sundae (chocolate ice cream, chocolate syrup, Oreo and gummy worms).  Also included on their menu are slushes, lemon ices, milkshakes, floats, and malts.  Generals is also very close to a large park/playground that my kids love to play on while they eat their ice cream!

Twisty Treat

750 W Boundary St, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551

Hours 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Twisty Treat offers both soft serve ice cream and hand-dipped ice cream.  Their menu also includes sundaes, specialty sundaes, and deluxe sundaes.  Some of our favorites include the Caramel Waffle Delight, Rocky Road, Heavenly Brownie (homemade fudge brownie warmed with vanilla soft serve, hot fudge, hot caramel, whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry), and Buckeye.  Twisty Treat has parfaits as well, along with shakes, slushies, floats, and coffee coolers.  They also offer a drive-thru!

Mr. Freeze

627 W South Boundary St, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551

2031 N McCord Rd, Toledo, OH 43615

Hours 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM

Chances are- if you live in or near Perrysburg, you’ve heard of this place!  Mr. Freeze offers a wide variety of sundaes, along with super freezes, milkshakes, and slushes.  Some of our favorite sundaes include the Buckeye sundae (hot fudge, peanut butter, and mini buckeyes), S’mores sundae, Turtle, and White Mountain.  My kids love to get the Beetlejuice cooler (vanilla ice cream blended with Sprite and grape juice and topped with gummy worms).  They also offer a Bow Wow sundae for your furry family members.  Mr. Freeze has an onsite playground as well.  But make sure to bring cash- no credit cards accepted here!

O’Deer Diner

416 Louisiana Ave, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551

O’Deer Diner offers a large shaded patio for your ice cream enjoyment.  They serve coney dogs and shredded chicken sandwiches, in addition to many ice cream and sundae options.  Their sundaes include Emma’s PB&J sundae (ice cream topped with hot peanut butter, strawberry or wild cherry topping, whipped cream and a cherry), Elle’s S’mores sundae (ice cream topped with hot fudge, mallow cream, crushed graham crackers, whipped cream, and a cherry), and my favorite- the Buckeye sundae (ice cream topped with hot peanut butter, hot fudge, buckeye candies, whipped cream, and a cherry).  My kids love drawing with the sidewalk chalk they have outside!

Penguin Palace

2117 River Rd, Maumee, Ohio 43537

Hours 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Penguin Palace offers ice cream, shakes, sundaes, and tornados, along with coney dogs, soft pretzels, and bubble tea!  Some of their specialty sundaes include a Frozen sundae (for a limited time…includes blue raspberry ice cream, marshmallow sauce, and blue ice crystal sugar sprinkles), Turtle Sundae, and Maumee River Dirt Sundae (gummy worms and Oreos layered in chocolate ice cream).  Other favorites include the Barney Shake (grape slush, vanilla ice cream, and candy face) and the Dory Slush (blue raspberry slush, ice cream, and candy fish).  My littlest gave the gummy bears two thumbs up!

Freeze Daddy’s

https://freezedaddys.com/

8060 Monclova Rd, Monclova, Ohio 43542

Hours M-F: 2pm-9pm; Sat/Sun: 12pm-9pm

Freeze Daddy’s offers both soft serve and hard dip ice cream, along with shaved ice and milkshakes.  They also have bubble tea, freeze cappuccinos, and flurry pies.  Their flurry flavors include chocolate-covered cherry and hot fudge brownie, while their specialty sundaes include Bear Claw, Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Moose Tracks.  Food items for sale include soft pretzel sticks, coney dog, walking taco, and nachos and cheese.  They also have a playground on-site for the kiddos!

Rudy’s Dairy Depot

28572 Oregon Rd, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551

Hours 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Rudy’s offers rotating daily specials, along with everyday specials on their food items.  Menu options include onion rings, fried pickle spears, nachos, cheese-filled pretzels, and shredded chicken sandwiches.  Their ice cream options include soft-serve ice cream, sundaes, shakes, malts, cyclones, fresh fruit smoothies, and slushes. They also offer a drive-thru!

Sweet Retreat

1276 Michigan Ave, Waterville, Ohio 43566

Hours 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Sweet Retreat offers a lunch menu (served from 11am-5pm) including hot dogs, BBQ pork sandwiches, walking tacos, and hot pretzels.  Their specialty sundaes include White Mountain, Almond Joy, Strawberry Shortcake, and Hot Fudge Cake, while more traditional flavors (including hot caramel, butterscotch, and cherry) are also on the menu.  Sweet Retreat also has slushes, shakes, malts, and floats, along with ice cream sandwiches and frozen chocolate-dipped bananas.

Nedley’s Ice Cream & Coffee Cafe

200 E South Boundary St, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551

Hours 12:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Nedley’s offers more than 40 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream, along with soft-serve options.  They also make ice cream pies, cakes, cookies, and more.  Ice cream pies and cakes can be personalized for your special event too!  Nedley’s also has many coffee options, including lattes, espresso, and cafe americano.  Nedley’s has patio seating as well.

So, what’s your favorite spot to get ice cream?  And what’s your favorite thing to get?  Whatever it is- I hope you treat yourself this month…the temperature sure will be hot enough!

Enjoy!

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Sara was born and raised in the 419 and is a self-proclaimed hot mess momma. She met her husband Jim at BGSU (Ay Ziggy Zoomba!) and they currently live in Perrysburg. They have three kids: Paxton (10), Sawyer (7), and Delaney (4). Sara is a full-time school psychologist for Perrysburg Schools and an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo in the school psychology department. Sara is an avid distance runner and die-hard Pure Barre groupie. She loves coffee, wine, spending time with her kids, and spending time away from her kids. Sara loves sharing the messy, real-life side of being a busy, working momma and meeting other moms who thrive on being real with each other.

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