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Top 5 Places for a Frozen Treat

We asked and you screamed for ice cream! We sent out a poll to our social audience asking “Where’s the best place to get a frozen treat in the Elgin area”. Shortly after our poll went live the votes started to roll in; who doesn’t love ice cream? We received over 500 votes over the course of 48 hours, and have compiled them all. And the results are in! Keep reading to see our list of the top 5 places to get a frozen treat in the Elgin area.

 

#5 La Gran Michoacana

1350 East Chicago St., Elgin IL

(224) 281-4189

Pictured: Strawberry Milkshake

La Gran Michoacana is popular for their large variety of frozen treat options like, ice cream, popsicles, fresh smoothies, juices, milkshakes and more. If you’re in the mood for a frozen treat and don’t quite know what you want, La Gran Michoacana is the place to go!

Staff Recommendation: The Strawberries and Cream Popsicle

 

 

#4 Andy’s Frozen Custard

1150 South Randall Rd, Elgin IL

(224) 339-8484

Andy’s Frozen Custard has been a local favorite for many folks all over the county since the 1980s. In just 2018 they opened their 66th location right here in Elgin and our residents have been loving it ever since! Sporting that classic ice cream shop vibe, it’s a great place to go after dinner for a summer dessert. Plus their drive-thru window makes it easy to grab a delicious treat on the go.

Staff Recommendation: The BootDaddy

 

 

#3 Fanny’s Thai Rolled Ice Cream

7 North State St., Elgin IL

(224) 227-7866

 

Pictured: Giant Green (Left) Oreo’s Secret (Right)

Looking to experience ice cream in a new way? If you haven’t been to Fanny’s you have to go! Healthy ice cream made with fresh fruits or cookies on a below 10 degree frozen machine right in front of you. Rolled, and covered in goodies, it’s hard to go only once. Especially when they also serve milkshakes, smoothies, bubble tea, hot tea and coffee. It’s a great place to stop any time of the year!

Staff Recommendation: Monkey Business

 

 

#2 Van’s Frozen Custard and Burgers

16 East Main St., East Dundee IL

(847) 836-8267

Pictured: Muddy Buddy

Van’s Frozen Custard and Burgers is highly recommended throughout our community. Numerous voters mentioned that they’ve been going to Van’s for years and that it’s their go-to place for a family night out! What makes Van’s stand out on this list is that they are not strictly dessert oriented. While their custard is the reason they’ve rank so highly on this list, we wouldn’t be doing them any justice is we didn’t mention their food as well. It’s a one stop for families because there’s dinner and great dessert all in one place. They’re also located near downtown West Dundee where you can eat your custard while enjoying the scenic river walk along the Fox River.

Staff Recommendation: Chocolate Marshmallow Shake

 

 

#1 The Milk House

230 Reinking Rd, Pingree Grove IL

(224) 530-3951

Pictured: Triple Berry Sorbet in a Waffle Cone

To say The Milk House is a fan favorite would be a complete understatement. They have taken our top spot after raking in 65% of our total votes. Many even said they drive very far out of their way just to stop by! So what is it that makes The Milk House so special? We listened to our voters, and here’s why…

What our Voters Love about The Milk House

  • The ice cream always tastes delicious
  • Their ingredients are incredibly fresh and homemade
  • The homemade waffle cones are “to die for”
  • The staff is incredibly friendly
  • Their ingredients are locally sourced and support local farmers and businesses
  • They are always mixing things up. New and unique flavors and flavor combinations hit the freezer very frequently. Their Movie Night ice cream for example, combines the buttery salty taste of popcorn and the chocolaty flavors of candy snacks all rolled up together. And now it’s a hit!
  • They’re open year round and decorate their separate sitting area beautifully for Christmas and the kids love it. Also this separate sitting area is heated, so you can comfortably enjoy their ice cream no matter how cold it is outside.

Staff Recommendations: Triple Strawberry or Movie Night in a Waffle Cone

 

 

You heard it here!

The top 5 places to get a frozen treat in the Elgin area! And just in time, the heat of summer is coming and cooling off never tasted so good.

Did you not see your favorite place on our list? Follow us on Facebook to see the next time we put out a vote!

 

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