15 Best Ice Cream Shops in Utah
Top home-made hard ice cream from all corners of Utah
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Siftey Reviews | Ice Cream Foodie
I ce cream season is in full swing with the summer heat. Looking for the best scoop around? Whether you’re in Park City, near Salt Lake, Ogden, Provo, or Southern Utah, the state has several from-scratch and award-winning parlors to choose from. To create this list, we surveyed over 1,000 Utah residents regarding 80+ ice cream shops. Next, local connoisseurs tasted and ranked over a dozen locations. The restaurants were judged based on the ice creams’ body and texture, flavor profiles, color, and presentation.
Super Premium Ice Cream
If you want the best, go super-premium! These creameries have an overrun of 25-50% and 15-18% butterfat content. Imagine less air, fewer ice crystals, and more calories per scoop. It’s a bit pricier, but you’ll get creamier, silkier, and richer dessert.
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6. Java Cow / I Love Moo
Known as the go-to spot for coffee on Park City Main, Java Cow has also been serving 20+ flavors of ice cream since 2003. Everything is created in house using quality ingredients, with many of them organic. They’re known for offering smooth, creamy old-fashioned-meets-hipster ice cream. Java Cow is on the pricey side. A single scoop of ice cream will run you around $6. $10 if you upgrade to one of their fancy fruity-pebble waffle cones, but wouldn’t you expect that in touristy Park City? Some of their most popular flavors include Honey Lavender, Matcha Green Tea, Blueberry Chip, Moonana (with organic banana chunks) or Sami Dee’s with Heath Bar, dark chocolate, and caramel. If you’re in Kimball Junction or Historic Main Street, stop by to sample a flavor or two!
Contributor: Brandon O.
Their ice cream is available on Park City Main as well as Kimball Junction, at ‘I Love Moo.’
5. Cannery Creamery
Expect super-premium ice cream with near-perfect body and texture. Cannery Creamery’s handmade ice cream is firm, smooth, velvety, and melts slowly. The colors were vibrant and beautiful. Their milk comes from a local source with 16% butterfat. Only natural ingredients are used to flavor and color their ice cream. The Cannery also uses a blend of fine and chunky mix-ins.
They offer 30+ daily flavors and monthly seasonal flavors. While most of the flavor profiles were spot on (cookie dough, caramel “mock”ioto, PB&J), some flavors like their pistachio were off. Other than the chopped pistachio nuts, the cream-base lacked nuttiness and tasted somewhat artificial. In general, we also felt that the six flavors we tried needed more mix-ins to compliment their advertising. All in all, the Cannery makes great ice cream and we can’t wait to return and enjoy dessert in their classic, vintage atmosphere!
Contributor: Brandon O.
4. Brooker’s Founding Flavors
Brooker’s 30+ flavors are uniquely named after the American founding fathers and made in-house. Their ice cream is dense, velvety, smooth, and melts slowly. It utilizes 16%+ butterfat from locally-sourced cream that’s hormone and antibiotic-free. Many of their mix-ins, like the almond brittle and cookie dough, are made in house but not blended evenly. Due to this, each bite brought a slightly different flavor. The ice cream is natural in color with the exception of their cotton candy or cookie monster options. Our favorite flavors were the Madagascar vanilla, new york cheesecake, and banana foster. ‘Give Me Chocolate or Give Me Death’ is their most popular flavor. It features dark chocolate, chocolate chip brownies, truffles, and ganache. No matter what you choose, expect rich gourmet flavors in this colonial-themed parlor!
Contributor: Brandon O.
Brooker’s has two locations: In Vineyard, UT by the Megaplex and in Provo, UT near the BYU campus.
3. Nil’s Swedish Creamery
It may be out of the way, but make sure to a stop anytime you are near the area! Their ice cream is created in small batches, using recipes from their Swedish heritage. Nil’s ice cream is firm, smooth, and velvety in texture. Mix-ins are plentiful and well balanced with a hefty amount of fine crumbs, swirled ribbons, and chunks.
The flavor profiles were spot on with the names. Their most popular flavors are the Cookie Butter, Oreo Mint, and seasonal pie ice creams. Their banana pie ice cream is the best I’ve ever had! It featured layers of buttery, flakey crust. The base tastes like vanilla pudding with banana chunks mixed in.
If you prefer something nostalgic, go for the ‘Circus Cookie.’ It had consistent flavor in each bite, with a mixture of cookie crumbs, chunks, and light sprinkles. Each component was perfectly balanced and the flavors took me back to memories of my childhood. Simply incredible ice cream!
Contributor: Brandon O.
2. Wasatch Creamery
Searching for out of the ordinary ice cream? This is it! Kris, the “Ice Cream Lady” is a former Park City Chef that apprenticed in San Francisco. Now she’s making small-batch ice cream full of character! Her cult following flocks to flavors like Whiskey Cherry Chocolate, Brown Butter, and Salted Oreo. 18% butterfat makes up their base. Nothing is artificial and only the best ingredients are sourced. Their process creates smooth, dense, and creamy ice cream, with a photogenic velvety texture. The Whiskey Cherry is my favorite! You’ll get notes of fresh cherry swirls with a hint of whiskey, mixed with small chocolate chunks inside a rich vanilla base. She offers 40+ flavors in total, varying from herb-inspired concoctions (Basil Blackberry) to Spicy Chocolate and Caramel Pretzel. If you’re not adventurous, she offers classic strawberry, chocolate, and plain vanilla too. Be sure to seek them out if you haven’t already. They are one of my favorites in Utah!
Contributor: Brandon O.
Wasatch Creamery is currently only sold at select farmer’s markets, local events, Deer Valley Cafe, and a few restaurants across the Wasatch.
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1. Rockwell Ice Cream
Arguably, the best ice cream to be founded in Utah. Rockwell’s super-premium ice cream uses all-natural ingredients, never artificial flavorings, and is made fresh in house every single day. Rockwell uses 16% butterfat to create a creamy, dense, and literally dreamy ice cream. The owner grew up making homemade concoctions and continues to create new flavors often. Some of their unique regulars are Mint Chocolate and Honeycomb. Their use of fresh mint leaves, semi-sweet chocolate Stracciatella, and honeycomb bits elevate their flavors to the top. In addition, their other flavors continue to stand out with real coconut shreds (Toasted Coconut), cinnamon and cookie chunks (Snickerdoodle), and almond brittle (Rockwell Road). And each new flavor they come out with is a winner almost immediately– such as Banana Oreo, which needs to come back ASAP! 😉 If given the chance, make sure to taste The G.O.A.T., rich goat cheese base with blackberry, lemon jam swirls, and honey rosemary roasted almonds, that won best ice cream in America in 2019.
You can find Rockwell Ice Cream at their flagship location in Provo, Daybreak, and Sugarhouse. It can also be found at the Penguin Brothers and other select Utah restaurants.
Premium Ice Cream
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7. BYU Creamery
Though Utah State’s Blue Mint may be unbeatable, Brigham Young University’s Graham Canyon can fight back for sure. Graham cracker flavored ice cream, graham cracker swirl, and chocolate covered honeycomb. BYU’s ice cream is soft and milky and they do a fantastic job at delivering classic flavors with a flare. The twist of brownies or cookies in mint, or chocolate covered caramel cups in Earnestly Chocolate makes eating ice cream exciting again. BYU continues to improve and add on to their traditions. Have you tried some of their new flavors? Blue Goggles Ice Cream (blue mint ice cream, chocolate covered honeycomb, cookie dough pieces) or Fluffernutter (Vanilla ice cream, peanut butter swirl, graham cracker swirl, peanut butter cookie pieces, marshmallows).
In addition to the flagship store, BYU Creamery sells their ice cream to several other shops in the valley, like Scoops in West Jordan.
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6. Aggie Creamery
It’s hard to have an ice cream discussion with a biased party such as one who has attended a monumental school like Utah State University or BYU. Like rivals on the football field, they are most definitely rivals in dairy goods. Coming from a BYU grad myself, it’s hard for me to admit, but Utah State arguably does have the better ice cream of the two. Aggie Ice Cream does a good job at creating strong classic flavors with a creamy, dense texture that doesn’t melt too quickly. Their Blue Aggie Mint is radiant as well as delicious and most likely the best. Their heritage started long ago during the 1920s and have roots in other ice cream brands such as Casper’s (Fat Boy) and Farr’s.
In addition to the flagship store, Aggie Creamery sells their ice cream to several other restaurants in the valley, like Scoops in West Jordan and Heber Valley Milk & Cheese.
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A unique ice cream shop with a crafty name. In good ole downtown Bountiful, the owners of Blacksmith have created a hand-crafted ice cream using premium ice cream base, fresh fruits, and pure mix-ins. Blacksmith is a rolled ice cream parlor which means they instantly freeze their base each morning, scrape it off and then display the flavors throughout the day. Rolled ice cream is not particularly the preferred way to make ice cream as the texture is typically more flaky and less creamy, however, due to it being on display for a while, the texture comes together. Their ice cream is soft upon arrival to your hands. Their most popular flavor is the vibrantly-colored Fresh Raspberry. The sweetness comes from the raspberries being mixed in during the freezing process. Thus, I highly recommend hitting them up at the end of July thru August during raspberry season. Other notable flavors are Banana Nutella and Chocolate sporting a deep rich flavor. Also: their Cookies n’ Cream is one of the best I’ve ever had! Don’t forget to stop by throughout the year to taste their seasonal flavors like Fresh Peach and Pumpkin.
4. Handel’s Ice Cream
Handel’s entered Utah with a bang and made their presence known quickly amongst our rich ice cream culture. Their ice cream is silky and abundantly creamy, though melts fairly quickly. Their enormous parlor feel comes from Ohio walk-up stands where they originated, hence, don’t be surprised to find little to no seating space inside. With over 30+ flavors and unlimited samples, everyone is bound to find a flavor to suffice their sweet tooth. As a matter of fact, it may be impossible to pinpoint just one favorite because all their flavors are that good. Monkey Business and Blueberry Cobbler are the most unique and mesmerizing flavors on the menu. Monkey Business is a banana batter ice cream with ripples of caramel and large, soft brownies and Blueberry Cobbler is a velvety vanilla ice cream swirled with real blueberries and flaky pie crust. Other popular and equally delicious flavors are Coconut Caramel Delight, Oree-Dough, Banana Cream Pie, and Blackberry Chunk.
Handels offers multiple Utah locations from Cottonwood Height to St. George. My go to location is in Sandy.
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3. The Creamery
Out of the way, but definitely not out of mind, this hidden gem is meticulously located along I-15 to draw your attention and beckon you in! Especially when you’re road-tripping through Southern Utah, this is a MUST-stop. This quaint little dairy serves up cheeses, farm-fresh goodies, and classic comfort foods alongside their pure dairy ice creams. It is soft, pillowy, and toothsome; and scoops beautifully into a waffle cone. Their fun flavors range from a Bourbon Pecan and Lemon Bar to I’m Your Huckleberry and Coconut Castaway. My particular favorite was Brownie S’more. Give me those chunks of soft homemade brownie and smooth marshmallow swirl any day! Note: make sure to put it in your GPS if you want to stop. If you wait to see it, you will have missed the exit.
2. Rowley’s Red Barn
If you’re looking to get out of the city, take a drive to the countryside! Nestled in the small orchard town of Santaquin, you’ll find Rowley’s Red Barn (they also have a St. George outpost). In addition to offering fresh seasonal fruit, they also churn their own ice cream, daily. Each scoop exhibits great color. Eating it across multiple visits, we’ve found the texture to be both creamy and sticky, exhibiting a dough-like consistency. They are most famous for their chunky nut and fresh fruit-flavored ice creams. The “Cookie Monster” is also a crowd favorite. Rowley’s packs cookie dough, crushed chocolate chip cookies, and Oreos in. So good! Among the other flavors, the Maple Nut, Caramel Cashew, Peaches N’ Cream, and Cherry Cheesecake are amongst my favorite!
Contributor: Brandon O.
1. Bow Tie Creamery
You’ll be hard-pressed to find another ice cream shop like this in Utah! They take their ice cream seriously. What impressed us most is the specificity of their flavors, presentation of their desserts, and their comfortable vintage meets modern vibe. The six flavors that we tried matched their titles exactly! Their blueberry lemon cake batter was a perfect blend of cake batter, fresh berries, and lemon zest. The ice cream was smooth, velvety, and fluffy. I expect premium ice cream to be firm. Despite this, the warmness of the owners, staff, and their incredible flavors will make me a lifelong customer. Once they get the density right, this will arguably be the best ice cream in the whole state!
- In addition to dairy offerings, they also offer coconut, fruit, and soda based frozen vegan desserts. The piña colada vegan ice cream was outstanding! Although the pineapple didn’t come through, the coconut flavor was creamy, with great texture. It had everything that you would expect from great, normal ice cream.
Contributor: Brandon O.
* IMPORTANT! Allergy options presented are based on speaking with the restaurant and/or online research. The actual food prepared in any of the listed restaurants may contain the following ingredients: milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, and tree nuts. If you have a food allergy, please notify your server before consuming any food and be aware of cross-contamination. Thank you.