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Local Ice Cream Shops in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill

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The Raleigh area of North Carolina is home to a number of unique, local businesses that make ice cream and other similar frozen treats. With long, hot summers here, cooling off with locally-made ice cream in Raleigh is a great option. Try a new spot each week or stick to your favorite.

1. Locopops

Locopops is a local chain of shops specializing in handcrafted frozen pops made in the shop. Up to 20 flavors are available in the shops at one time. Pops are either dairy-based or dairy-free. Some are permanent flavors that are always available, while others make only temporary appearances on the menu. Flavors range from the unusual blends (apple pie, plum black pepper, jasmine green tea, rosemary pear and elderberry lavender) to more traditional frozen treats (chocolate peppermint, cookies and cream, chocolate brownie and strawberries and cream).

2604A Hillsborough Road, Durham. Open 1-7 p.m.
231 S. Elliot Road, Chapel Hill. Open 1-7 p.m.
1908 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Open 1-7 p.m.

2. Goodberry's Creamery

Goodberry’s Creamery is well known to most Raleigh dwellers. The business, which has multiple locations throughout the Triangle, (and one in Australia of all places!) makes semi-soft frozen custard that starts with fresh heavy cream, whole milk, natural cane sugar and eggs. The ingredients are then blended and cooked before flavors are added. Custard is made fresh every hour, where patrons can get either chocolate or vanilla along with an additional flavor-of-the-day choice. Goodberry’s is known for its Carolina Concretes, which are a blend of your choice of fruit, nuts or candy flavors and custard. The ingredients are blended and it’s served upside down to show its thickness.

2421 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh.
9700 Strickland Road, Raleigh.
13260 Strickland Road, Raleigh.
2042 Clark Ave., Raleigh.
1146 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. 2325 Davis Drive, Cary.
1407 Garner Station Blvd., Garner.
11736 Retail Drive, Wake Forest.
3906 North Roxboro Road, Durham.

3. Fresh

Fresh is a relative newcomer on the local ice cream scene in Raleigh. All ice cream is made with hormone and antibiotic-free milk from local farmers and made fresh in the store. Fresh-baked waffle cones are also a specialty of the shop. Flavors include cocoa bean chocolate, fresh strawberry, coconut crunch, double chocolate brownie batter, white mint chip, NY strawberry swirl cheesecake, butter pecan, banana pudding, cupcake batter, Carolina crunch, cookie dough, cookies and cream, Georgia peach, soft cream vanilla and chocolate, wild berry sorbet, coffee and chocolate chip. A variety of sundae choices are also served and those enjoying the ice cream can dine outside after ordering at the window. While the store is open year-round, hours vary by month, so check the business website.

6033 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh.

4. Howling Cow Ice Cream - NCSU

Anyone familiar with North Carolina State University has likely heard of Howling Cow Ice Cream, which is made on campus at the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Science’s Dairy Processing Lab. The ice cream is made from fresh milk and cream from a farm in Raleigh. Hand-scooped cups and cones are available at two locations on campus. Anyone can purchase it – no student status required! Flavors include vanilla, chocolate chip mint, cookie dough and strawberry.

Talley Student Center Emporium C-Store, Main Campus, Raleigh. Hours: M-F 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday noon to 9 p.m.
Creamery Shop in D.H. Library, Main Campus, Raleigh. Hours: Monday to Thursday noon to 1 a.m.; Friday noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

5. La Monarca Michoacana

La Monarca Michoacana makes 36 flavors of homemade ice cream and 32 flavors of popsicles, using all-natural fruit. All items served are authentic Mexican-style. Dairy and non-dairy pops are available. Flavor options include mango chili, tamarind, blackberry and pistachio. The business is family-run with friendly employees who make an effort to answer questions despite being non-native English speakers.

2000 Avondale Drive Ste. P, Durham.
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