It's one of the most popular questions we get each summer: "Where can I find the best ice cream in Hamilton County?" To find out the answer, we asked our Facebook fans for their input. Without further ado, here's the scoop on frozen treats:
On the Square (Noblesville) and On the Water (Cicero)
Beat the heat and dine inside the Noblesville location and you’ll feel like you stepped back in time to an old-school ice cream parlor, serving up 36 flavors of hand dipped ice cream. Take your sweet treat to go and explore the historic (and photogenic) Noblesville square, lined with charming boutiques and antique shops. The Cicero location offers waterside views along Morse Reservoir.
Facebook fan Lisa G. says “We visit from Chicago, but when we come into town we go to Alexander’s on the Square…It’s not just the ice cream, though – it’s the atmosphere, location and most importantly the service. The women there is always so friendly and makes time to chat with us.”
Locals’ flavor recommendation: Cookie dough, cookies and cream, birthday cake, moose tracks and orange pineapple.
Bub's Burgers and Ice Cream
Bub’s was featured on Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food” for the Big Ugly one pound burger, but don’t forget the ice cream to put the cherry on top of your meal. Eat it in its purest form or mix it up, milkshake style.
Local’s flavor recommendation: blueberry waffle cone
The Old Custard Stand
We know this is technically custard, but when it comes to dessert, do the technicalities really matter? This family-owned business has served up scoops to Fishers frozen treat fanatics since 1998. All the menu items are made from family recipes. The Old Custard Stand earned sweet recognition as one of Indianapolis Monthly’s “Best Ice Creams” in 2014.
Locals’ flavor recommendation: Butter pecan
Carmel and Fishers
The Cincinnati favorite has crossed state lines and set up two shops in Hamilton County. The secret to the smooth, creamy dream in a cup or cone is the French pot process – Graeter’s ice cream is made in 2.5 gallon freezers, one gallon at a time. Don’t miss out on seasonal flavors.
Luis R. family photo
Locals’ flavor recommendation: Black raspberry chocolate chip, coconut chocolate chip and peach.
Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt
Carmel and Fishers
The sure sign of summer is a line around the block at either Handel’s location. The walk-up window is open year-round, but the busy season hits when the temperatures rise. Trust us when we say it’s worth the wait – ice cream is made on premise daily.
Locals’ flavor recommendation: graham central station, buckeye, chocolate pecan and banana cream
Fun fact: In a Twitter poll, our followers favored enjoying their ice cream in a cone (65%) vs. a cup (35%).
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