6 Kentucky-Made Ice Creams
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Ice cream may not be the first food you think of when you think Kentucky, but the state does have several yummy ice cream flavors. Here are 6 Kentucky made ice creams with decadent regional flavors to make you say, “yum!”
1. Chaney's Dairy Barn – Bowling Green
Rolling farmlands, Jersey cows and the best ice cream in Kentucky, according to USA Today, are all found at Chaney's Dairy Barn. Chaney's offers Summer Family Farm Tours on Fridays and Mondays during June and July at 1 p.m. The farm tour includes the hayride to the farm (weather permitting), a visit with a calf, a live milking demonstration, information about cows, dairy and farm life, plus a scoop of Chaney's Ice Cream in a cup.
2. Crank and Boom – Lexington
Toa Green launched this successful ice cream from the kitchen of her Lexington restaurant The Thai Orchid Café, and fashioned it after coconut ice cream sold by street vendors in Thailand. The result is a delicious ice cream treat with an array of savory regional flavors inspired from the surrounding Bluegrass region. There are 40 to 50 flavors that change seasonally including blackberry and honey bourbon. While you can find Crank and Boom ice cream for sale in several restaurants and retail locations, it’s worth a trip to the Crank and Boom Ice Cream Lounge located in the James Pepper Distillery property in Lexington.
3. Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen – Louisville
Since 1982, this family owned restaurant in Louisville has upheld a family tradition of serving fresh-churned ice cream. Thirty-two flavors of this tasty ice cream are served in 10 locations throughout the Louisville area. Flavors range from traditional favorites like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry to coconut and birthday cake. Don’t leave without trying the signature sundae series, such as the American Pride, a slice of homemade cherry pie layered with chocolate icing, chocolate chip cookie and two scoops of Blue Moon (Smurf) ice cream – topped, of course, with fresh whipped cream!
4. Riverplace Ice Cream Factory – Paducah
Step back in time in this beautifully restored building just steps away from the river in downtown Paducah. The Ice Cream Factory features premium ice cream made on site and mixed to order while you watch. Be sure and try local favorites like the 37 Flood which is made with peanut butter ice cream, caramel topping, snickers and chocolate drizzle, whipped cream and nuts – yum!
5. 4 Generations – Stanford
As the name implies, this family-owned business is multi-generational and has the motto “Forget your troubles, bring your family and have some darn good ice cream.” Made in house, ice cream flavors include Big Red Rumble, white chocolate ice cream with red velvet cake swirl and Wow Now Brownie, chocolate ice cream with brownies, chocolate chunks and fudge swirl.
6. The Comfy Cow – Louisville
With four retails locations in Louisville and a number of stores throughout Kentucky that sell this Kentucky made ice cream, The Comfy Cow is a favorite among locals. Homemade creations include flavors as uniquely Kentucky as Bourbon Ball, Simply Southern, Blackberry Mint Julep, Kentucky Bourbon Glazed Brownie, Secretariat and Bourbon Maple Walnut.