Ice Cream



  1. In Davis
  2. Outside of Davis
  3. Forms of ice cream
    1. Soft serve ice cream
    2. Packaged ice cream
    3. "Ice cream" campus vending machines
    4. Ice cream cakes
    5. Other
  4. Places you used to be able to get ice cream
  5. How to evaluate the quality of ice cream

If you are forced to weather the summer in Davis, then you're sure to need an ice cream from time to time (or you might try a gelato, frozen yogurt, frozen drink, or other dessert). And sure enough, there are a few places that would be happy to sate your craving.

Don't confuse this with I Scream.

In Davis

ice-cream3.jpggonna drip eventually

Outside of Davis

LeatherbysSundaes.jpgDavis has great homemade ice cream at the Davis Creamery, but why doesn't it have a sit-down restaurant where you can get a big drippy sundae like these from [sacramento]Leatherby's?

Forms of ice cream

Soft serve ice cream

Packaged ice cream

You can also buy larger quantities at local grocery stores (of course), or make your own!

"Ice cream" campus vending machines

See campus vending machines.

Ice cream cakes

With the demise of Ben & Jerry's and Cold Stone Creamery, the only places to get an ice cream cake in town seem to be Baskin Robbins or Save Mart (as you go through the doors, they are in a case immediately to your right). Fentons Creamery has them, but (except for a very large cake or two they keep on hand), you need to order a week ahead.


Places you used to be able to get ice cream

How to evaluate the quality of ice cream

Simply look at the ingredient list of the pure vanilla flavor of the particular brand. If it contains more ingredients than an old homemade recipe, or artificial flavors like vanillin, or shortening and vegetable oils, then you can do better elsewhere. 4-5 ingredients are enough: Milk/cream, sugar, egg yolk, real vanilla. Most brands (even expensive ones) will have around 9 ingredients. There are two brands that can live up to these high demands and they are available in Davis:


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2012-06-19 16:02:06   Perhaps one more addition to the "Ice cream used to be available from" section: According to the Davis Arch mural, there was an ice cream shop at (approximately) 715 2nd Street, in the building connected to the Anderson Bank Building (at the former Togo's and Bombay Dreams Restaurant location), next to what is now Tim Spencer Alley. Looks like it was called simply University Farm Ice Cream. This is all assuming the artist of the mural was in earnest of course, and wasn't just taking creative license... the hunt for photographic evidence is on! —OldDavis73

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