July is National Ice Cream Month and to celebrate, we asked our employees to give us their favorite local ice cream shops. The competition was serious, and seriously delicious, because in our South State communities we have so many ice cream parlors to choose from. Here’s our list of choice places to stop for a cool treat.
Calabash Creamery – Calabash, NC
You can find this family-run creamery by looking for Scoop and Dip, the two cow mascots that stand out front. The winner of multiple awards, Calabash Creamery uses high quality cream and fresh ingredients to create their frozen creations. If you’re feeling extra hungry, ask about the Kitchen Sink Challenge that includes 24 scoops (one of every flavor) topped with one serving of each of the 20 toppings available, whipped cream and 12 cherries. If you finish in less than an hour, you win the challenge and get the sundae for free.
Sweet Cream – Columbia, SC
Sweet Cream delivers the perfect mix of classic flavors with enough of a twist to keep you coming back for more. This ice cream is created from local ingredients and made in small batches so every bite is packed with flavor. Don’t forget to get a frozen treat for your dog where one dollar of each treat sold goes to Columbia animal rescues.
Dairy Land – Walterboro, SC
When a company has been serving homemade soft serve ice cream since 1949, it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing. This local favorite isn’t just serving great ice cream, but the burgers and fries also received honorable mentions.
Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop – Charlotte, NC
Not only is the ice cream delicious, the milkshakes get special recognition for being extra special. Take a step back in time and enjoy classic southern entrees and desserts with a side of nostalgia atmosphere. If the weather is nice, take your dessert to the porch for the full effect of summertime in the south.
Leopold’s Ice Cream – Savannah, GA
Leopold’s is just one more historic stop for your trip to Savannah. Opened in 1919, the business is still in the family and serving visitors using many of the original fixtures from the first store. The desserts are as classic as the history. The menu includes banana splits, hot fudge sundaes, floats and malts.
Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream & Sandwich Cafe – Charleston, SC
Ye Old Fashioned is a staple for locals in Charleston. Opened in 1972, this shop is not only famous for its ice cream and milk shakes, but the burgers, BLT and chef salads are at the top of the list of things to try. Lucky for us, there are six locations in Charleston to give us our ice cream fix.
Spill the Beans – Greenville, SC
Get a great view of downtown Greenville while you sip a smooth coffee drink of your choice and sample some of the best ice cream in the Upstate. Or save time and get them together in an espresso milkshake. You can also design your own blended ice cream drink with dozens of options.
Hilton Head Ice Cream Company – Hilton Head Island, SC
For Hilton Head locals, there’s really one option for quality ice cream on the island. When you walk in, it’s obvious you aren’t at your typical ice cream parlor. Pirate décor, out-of-the-box flavors like Superman ice cream and Cookie monster ice cream and cookies baked daily make this shop one of a kind.
Painter’s Homemade Ice Cream – North Myrtle Beach, SC
Painter’s has been a staple in the North Myrtle Beach community since 1952 and if the crowds are any indication, it will be here for a lot longer. An extensive list of flavors, friendly service and loyal crowds are reasons to try it, enjoying a scoop of decadent homemade ice cream at a reasonable price is why you’ll keep going back.
Fender’s Diner – Cornelia, GA
Classic American style mixed with rock ‘n’ roll, fun atmosphere and amazing fare is what you get at Fender’s Diner. Take a seat at the counter or one of the booths and order your choice of the fresh milkshakes, floats or sundaes.