I remember when I was a child, my mom would make homemade ice cream. She would load up the canister, often experimenting with ingredients for a different type of ice cream every time. She would make chocolate cherry almond, peach, strawberry cheesecake, s’mores, or classic vanilla bean, but no matter what flavor we ended up with it was always great. I would sit outside and wait impatiently while listening to the electric motor, wondering how in the world rock salt and ice would help turn those ingredients into delicious ice cream.

Fast forward to today, I have realized that nothing would compare to my mother’s homemade ice cream, but that I wouldn’t mind trying out different places to further prove that theory! Are you just as ready as I am for an ice cream road trip? Here are some local shops that should make your itinerary!

Fairway Creamery

Located at 5938 Mission Road in Fairway, the creamery offers donuts and coffee, along with their homemade ice cream. From cones, shakes/malts, soft serve, sundaes, pints, and even gluten-free/vegan options, you’ll find something for you! With a variety of rotating ice cream, you can find flavors such as carrot cake, Madagascar vanilla, Guinness stout, and salted caramel! 

Fairway Creamery

Open 7:00 am - 10:00 pm Tuesday-Sunday Fun inventive flavors of donuts, coffee, ice cream, and soft serve are served in a family-friendly neighborhood environment. Our front door is just a stone’s throw from the Fairway City Pool and just a few minutes' drive from the Prairie Village Shops. And if you find yourself even further…

Sylas and Maddy’s

Sylas and Maddy's Homemade Ice Cream is a family own and-run business since opening in 1997! With a location in Lawrence and Olathe, they have been a favorite in the Kansas City area. Many of their extraordinary flavors have come from customers and they encourage you to share your ideas! The ice cream is made daily, so you know that it is always fresh and delicious. 

Daylight Coffee and Donuts

Sylas and Maddy's Homemade Ice Cream has been a Kansas City favorite since 1997. We first opened in Lawrence, followed by the second store…

School Creek Scoops 

Located in St. George, School Creek Scoops sells pints, quarts, and 4-pack samplers of their family’s recipe that is renowned for its velvety smooth texture. Enjoy flavors like banana cream pie, lemon, peach crisp, and brownie fudge! Available for daily pick-up in St. George and weekly pick-up in Wamego.  

School Creek Scoops

Open 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Friday Handcrafted ice cream made in small batches runs in a variety of delicious flavors. Available daily for pick-up near St. George and a weekly pickup location in Wamego. Available in pints, quarts, and 4-pack sampler bundles. Contact for bulk event sales.

Salted Creamery Ice Cream

Salted Creamery specializes in small-batch ice cream. You can find this delectable treat in retail grocery stores, including the historic Prairy Market & Deli in downtown Newton. They use locally sourced ingredients in their recipes making their ice cream as Kansan as can be! Enjoy some of their flavors like berry cheesecake, rhubarb crisp, key lime pie, and caramel butter pecan. I recommend checking out their website and finding a retailer to add to your dreamy, ice-creamy road trip!

Prairy Market & Deli

Located in one of Newton's downtown historical buildings, Prairie Harvest Market and Deli offers fresh food, hard-to-find products, or items for special diets. The largest selection of Kansas products in the area including elderberry concentrate, body care items, flours, meats, condiments and gifts. Also offer fresh produce…

Papa’s General Store

Although this entry does not have homemade ice cream, they are one of a kind with their extreme shakes, so I couldn’t help but share. With the extreme shakes, you get as much dessert topped on the glass as you will find in the glass. We’re talking about pieces of cheesecake or huge chewy brownies on top of your shake. If you’re in the mood, and of the proper age, ask about their adult shakes, as well!

Papa's General Store

Hand-dipped ice cream, gourmet espresso made with craft roast coffee, craaaaaaazy and delicious EXTREME shakes!

These are just a few of the many ice cream spots you’ll find across the state! If your sweet tooth is starting to ache, take a look and add a few more stops to your flavor-filled bucket list!

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