I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! From the ice cream we churn by hand at home to the familiar song of the neighborhood ice cream truck, it’s no secret that Arkansans have a passion for this sweet frozen treat. With so many options it can be hard to find the perfect scoop of ice creamy goodness, but naturally we’re here to help you avoid that (ice cream) headache…just check out the ten best ice cream parlors in Arkansas!
This Siloam Springs-based business was born out of a passion for ice cream and orphans. Pure Joy Ice Cream began in 2011 as a foreign-adoption fundraiser and today has grown to include shelf-space in local stores as well as its first brick and mortar ice cream shop, the Pure Joy Scoop Shop on North Broadway Street. Pure Joy sources fresh ingredients from local farmers and producers, creating delicious ice cream with bold and natural flavors.
Since 2003, Scoops has been keeping it simple with their small batches of ice cream that are slow-churned daily. Scoops Ice Cream is a Hot Springs hotspot for waffle cones paired with popular flavors like cotton candy and pralines & cream. One stop at Scoops and you’ll see why they are simply one of the best ice cream parlors in the Natural State.
With locations in Little Rock, Hot Springs, and Conway, The Purple Cow Restaurant has been painting Central Arkansas purple since 1989. While folks love its classic décor and nostalgic atmosphere, The Purple Cow is best known for its iconic purple vanilla ice cream. This old-fashioned (and purple!) diner and soda fountain is a fantastic family favorite, exclusively dipping Yarnell’s Premium Ice Cream, a Searcy-based family ice cream brand.
This magical ice cream is made in Little Rock. The community-minded Loblolly Creamery has a priority of making green and healthy choices, using local ingredients whenever possible. With signature flavors like salted caramel and Little Rock-y Road, it’s no surprise that Loblolly Creamery Ice Cream Bar is one of Central Arkansas’ favorite ice cream parlors and social gathering places.
They’re serving up happiness one scoop at a time at The Spring Dipper. Seasoned ice cream maker Neil McWilliams began this sweet ice cream adventure after moving to Mammoth Springs in 2004. The Spring Dipper is old-fashioned goodness that’s been remade for the modern world and Neil’s love of ice cream shows up in a rainbow of flavors ranging from Blue Moon to pistachio.
The Sparks Café Soda Fountain at the Walmart Museum is a tribute to Sam Walton’s love of ice cream—butter pecan being his favorite flavor. Walton, of course, was the founder of the world-famous business giant known as Walmart. The servers at this old-fashioned soda fountain on Bentonville’s historic Square proudly serve Yarnell’s Premium Ice Cream, a family ice cream brand made in Searcy.
Uncle Louie G’s Gourmet Italian Ices and Ice Cream are so good that they’ll make you feel like a kid again! This frozen franchise started back in 1959 in Brooklyn, New York, and has many great locations today, including this one in Fort Smith. In addition to serving New York-based Sabrett hot dogs & hot sausages, Uncle Louie G’s features over 60 delicious flavors of ice creams, customizes ice cream cakes, and offers catering services.
Okay, so, it’s really Italian gelato, sorbetto, and soft serve frozen yogurt, but Freddo’s Frozen Treats is “the koolest place in town!” This “very specialty” store, located at The City Mall in Russellville, is open seven days a week and is the River Valley’s only source of bulk Jelly Belly. With flavors like pineapple upside down cake and European extra brut chocolate, your taste buds will thank you for a trip to Freddo’s.
You’ll find originality in every bite at this ice cream shop, where the ice cream is always made fresh and in store. It may be an international franchise, but MaggieMoo’s has been hand-crafting its ice cream in small batches that start with dairy from local farms since 1983. MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream & Treatery, located on North College, is an ice cream experience you don’t want to miss.
The Ultimate Ice Cream Experience starts right here with the ultimate ice cream in flavors like sweet cream, cake batter, and mint. Using its signature process, Cold Stone Creamery customizes your ice cream creations on frozen granite slab countertops. In addition to this popular Little Rock location, Cold Stone Creamery can also be found in Fayetteville and Rogers.