It’s no wonder why everyone screams for ice cream – it’s decadent, sweet, and satisfying! As Utah County continues to grow, so does its sweet tooth. New ice cream shops are popping up left and right, and everyone is grateful. While everyone has dived spoon-first into a half gallon of ice cream from the supermarket every now and again, there’s something really rewarding about going out for a gourmet scoop. And, when talking about ice cream, mediocre texture or flavor won’t do. Fortunately, Utah County has stepped up to the plate with some incredible from-scratch ice cream parlors. Whether out with the family, on a date, or just treating yourself to a scrumptious dessert, we have you covered with 6 local shops that are churning out the best ice cream in Utah County!
6. Rowley’s Red Barn
Situated in the tiny town of Santaquin is Rowley’s Red Barn – a family-owned produce farm that churns out homemade, fruity ice cream. Whether visiting the hot springs in South Utah County or driving home from a road trip and looking for a quick bite of some of the best ice cream in Utah County, Rowley’s is a good stop for a fruity treat. If you get anything when you go to Rowley’s, make sure that it’s the Peaches and Cream. Look forward to finding fresh, firm chunks of peach in the compote swirled throughout the vanilla ice cream. It’s the highlight of the entire scoop!
5. Last Course Dessert Studio (PERMANENTLY CLOSED)
The unique ice cream at Last Course is all about highlighting different flavor profiles. These complementary combinations are one of the best parts of eating at Last Course! Enjoy a scoop on its own or as a side with one of their delicious desserts. When scoping out the best ice cream in Utah County and looking for an original sweet and savory experience, be sure to try Last Course’s Rosemary & Honey, Strawberry Balsamic, and Maldon Salted Caramel. Creative seasonal flavors are also added to the menu every month, and their specialty flavors have been some of their tastiest (Pear & Bleu Cheese and Margarita are a few favorites)!
4. BYU Creamery on Ninth
When looking for a traditional, old-school ice cream shop, BYU Creamery serves up some of the best ice cream in Utah County. They have been open for over 60 years transforming our favorite classic desserts into buttery, rich ice cream. Anyone that has had one of BYU’s famous mint brownies (a gooey chocolate-lovers brownie with a layer of mild green mint and chocolate frosting) knows the Creamery’s Mint Brownie ice cream will be delicious. Graham Canyon is another local favorite that contains tons of chocolate covered graham cracker clusters in a salty, sweet graham cracker ice cream. Other must-tries include German Chocolate Crunch, Marionberry, and Rose’s Sneakerdoodle. Stop by during the late afternoon or early evening to miss the line and enjoy a few scoops with a friend or all alone!
3. Rockwell Old Fashioned Ice Cream
Rockwell Ice Cream has been a staple to the Provo dining scene ever since they opened their doors four years ago, and for good reason. The ice cream at Rockwell’s is classically slow-churned to produce a dense, creamy texture, and the flavors are incredibly indulgent! As the original specialty ice cream parlor in Utah County, Rockwell has built an impressive arsenal of menu favorites including Rockwell Road, Honeycomb, Biscoff, and Strawberry. They also add unique seasonal flavors regularly (Vanilla Lime Blackberry Habanero Jam, anyone?!). Out of all the delicious ice cream flavors here, don’t miss the Browned Butter Pecan – speckled with rich bits of browned butter and generous helpings of chewy pecans, every rich spoonful is the perfect balance of salty and sweet. Craving a really decadent dessert? Be sure to order the Roasted Banana Split. Caramelized bananas and Rockwell’s classic chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice creams are cradled in a bowl coated with caramel and hot fudge. If that isn’t enough to prove that Rockwell makes some of the best ice cream in Utah County, their ice cream is also sold at various local restaurants. Visit Penguin Brothers for the perfect ice cream sandwich, or try a life-changing Banana Cream Pie shake sold exclusively at Chedda Burger’s Lehi location.
2. Mora Iced Creamery (PERMANENTLY CLOSED)
Mora Iced Creamery serves the best ice cream in Utah County when it comes to thoughtfully constructed, gelato-like ice cream. Their unique Argentine ice creams boast an extreme depth of flavor – be prepared for the ice cream to taste exactly like what it claims to be! On top of powerful flavors, Mora is unmatched in terms of fresh ingredients. From their signature flavor, Mora (blackberry), to their Blueberry and Strawberry, you can actually taste and see the fresh fruit expertly churned into a smooth, bright ice cream. Nothing is artificially colored or flavored, and Mora also takes extra measures to freeze every individual flavor at a temperature best suited to its ingredients. Absolute must-tries are the Mora, Blueberry, and Dulce de Leche (one of the most delicious and richly flavored caramel ice creams out there). To satisfy a milkshake craving, order one made with Mora’s Dulce de Leche and Coconut ice creams. Just be prepared to crave it for weeks afterward!
1. Brooker’s Founding Flavors
If there is one ice cream shop in Utah County everyone needs to try, it’s Brooker’s Founding Flavors. Having only been open for a short time, it only takes one bite to see why they make the list as the best ice cream in Utah County. Their custard-like ice cream is churned from local, high butterfat cream and packed full of deliciously creative homemade mix-ins. From peanut butter cookies and French pastry to butter cake and beyond, there are plenty of indulgent scoops to choose from. All of their flavors are excellent, but be sure to try Roger Sherman’s Banana Foster Brittle – a rich caramelized banana ice cream swirled with white chocolate and bits of almond brittle. The satisfying crunch of the nutty brittle is the perfect salty complement to the sweet, caramelized banana! Other favorites include (but are not limited to) John Adams Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, Franklin’s Black Raspberry Republic, and James Madison’s Constitutional Crunch. The employees happily allow everyone to taste as many flavors as they’d like, so take advantage! Still having trouble deciding which ice cream to order? Don’t worry. This won’t be the last time you visit!