This started as just a simple question posed amongst the office staff. Admittedly there was an immediate answer from just about everyone – but then the qualifying questions started. Questions like…
Does that include Frozen Yogurt? What about Soft Serve? Gelato? Mochi? Vegan, Lactose Free? What about Boba? What about…
You get the idea. So for the sake of simplicity let’s center this around the traditional idea of Ice Cream and expand out from there. Wikipedia says that would be
Ice cream is a frozen dessert typically made from milk or cream that has been flavored with a sweetener, either sugar or an alternative, and a spice, such as cocoa or vanilla, or with fruit.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_cream
We’re going to steer clear of the national brands and focus on the local – they make the best ice cream anyway! But first, we’re going to answer the reason you are here with our collective top 6 list but then we also have a poll below where you can vote and influence the results.
OUR TOP SIX ICE CREAM PLACES IN FRESNO OR CLOVIS
When we started asking around at the office the first place just about everyone said was “Ampersand!” so we started prefacing the question with “Besides Ampersand…“- which speaks highly of this locally owned fav. We’ve included them in quite a few posts. Flavors change every month and they have 3 locations. Hours are Noon to 11 PM Daily. Years ago Kendra did a video interview for us when they were just an idea on Kickstarter!.
G’s Creamery is another local ice cream favorite. We wrote about them way back in 2016! “G’s Creamery Brings New Sweetness to Fresno” They specialize in handcrafted, small-batch ice cream made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Their menu features a wide variety of classic and unique flavors, as well as more adventurous options like mango and cardamom. In addition, they also offer Indian-inspired flavors such as Kulfi, a traditional Indian ice cream made with condensed milk and flavored with cardamom, pistachios, and saffron. They have two locations and hours vary based on the day of the week.
ROLL ME SOME
It’s another pretty simple concept but with a twist. Premium ice cream in fabulous flavors, hand crafted into rolls, then topped with a variety of toppings and sauces. You can create your own or pick from 20+ different recipes. Located in Old Town Clovis, their hours also vary by the day of the week. One of our office favorites!
THE HEAVENLY FREEZE
Locally owned. They specialize in handcrafted ice cream, italian ice, cookie sandwiches, and much more! Try their Heavenly Combo! Soft serve ice cream (vanilla or chocolate or swirl of both) on the bottom with your choice of italian ice in the middle and topped with soft serve again.
JAYS SPECIALTY ICE CREAM
We love this story! What started out as a project for a business class at CSU Fresno, quickly become a dream, and now a reality! After graduating from Fresno State in 2012, Janel Nunes and her family went to work on creating Fresno’s 1st Gourmet & Hand-Scooped Ice Cream truck. After years of hard work, they have have grown to have a Truck, Trailer & NOW even a Classic Push Cart! You probably remember when we interviewed them back in 2017 in 5 Things You Should Know About Jay’s Specialty Ice Cream. And YES, they still do their “Saucy Scoops”!
WONDERS ICE CREAM
Another rolled ice cream place that is locally owned. They have 32 pre built options but you can always have them make exactly what you want. We say you can’t go wrong with #21 (the Caramel Macchiato) but we hear nothing but good things about the others. Afterall, like their website says, “Life is better with ice cream“.
TAKE OUR ICE CREAM POLL!
Ok, so who did we miss? We know you have your favorites. Remember, we’re not looking for any of the ‘national brands’ but if you have a locall fav, write it in and we’ll include it in the poll.
It’s also not just about who has the best ice cream. We want to know so much more. Best to be careful with #4. Your answer might upset the rest of your family.