Your guide to the best hidden gem ice cream shops around Dayton

Updated Aug 28, 2018
  • By Alex Perry
Staff Writer
Kate Harvey, 16, serves an ice cream cone during her shift at Twist Ice Cream Company Wednesday, May 31 on Bethany Road in Liberty Twp. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

The weather is finally hot enough for us to enjoy a frozen treat. 

If you’re anything like me, the family-owned dairy joints with decades of loyal patrons are always my go-to. There’s just something about those quaint shops with tried-and-true flavors and concoctions that have garnered decades of fans. Here’s a guide to treating yourself with the area’s most loved, best-kept secrets in frozen treats. 

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The Caramel Apple Delight Stuffed Snowball from Ducky's Snowballs & Ice Cream in Troy. This frozen treat includes sour apple snow filled with vanilla softserve ice cream and drizzled with caramel sauce. MICHELLE FONG/STAFF

🍦 Ducky’s Snowballs & Ice Cream 

WHERE: 100 W. Market St., Troy

WHY WE LOVE IT: Since 2015, Ducky’s has been a summertime beacon in Troy, serving up 16 flavors of Hershey’s ice cream, soft serve and snowballs (flavored shaved ice), which combine shaved ice with soft-serve ice cream. Looking for something super sweet? Try the stuffed snowball challenge (and send us photos). Oh, they also have Jim’s Donuts filled with ice cream. Yes, they sure do!

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HOURS: Mon.-Thurs. 3 to 9 p.m., Fri. 3 to 10 p.m., Sat. 2 to 10 p.m., Sun. 1 to 9 p.m.

INFO: Call 937-703-5463 | Facebook

Guests at Ducky's Snowballs & Ice Cream in Troy kick back and relax and enjoy a little treat inside the shop that was converted from an old BP gas station. There is seating indoors and outdoors plus a small game room. MICHELLE FONG/STAFF

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🍦Arrow Queen

WHERE: 431 N. Main St., New Carlisle

WHY WE LOVE IT: Tucked back on North Main Street in quaint New Carlisle, this spot has been serving ice cream, soft serve and concession-style food since 1970. From classics like banana split to zany new flavors (we’re looking at you, unicorn flavor!), there’s something for everyone. Their butcher shop hot dogs are a must try, too.

HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat. 12 to 9 p.m., Sun. 1 to 9 p.m.

INFO: Call 937-845-9979 | Facebook

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🍦Dairy Shed

WHERE: 55 Bellbrook Plaza, Bellbrook

WHY WE LOVE IT:  For over 40 years, this local favorite in the heart of Bellbrook has treated sweet teeth with their tasty frozen yogurt, shakes, malts and ice cream. They announce new yogurt flavors on Facebook regularly, so keep an eye out for something you want to try. 

HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun. 1 to 9 p.m.

INFO: Call 937-848-8234 | Facebook

🍦Jet Freeze

WHERE: 4014 E. Patterson Blvd., Beavercreek

WHY WE LOVE IT: A quick peek at the Facebook reviews will show you most patrons have been visiting this ice cream shop since they were a kid, so you know it must be good. Their soft serve is an absolute must-try, with unique flavors like blueberry and classics like chocolate.

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HOURS: Mon.-Sun. 12 to 9 p.m.

INFO: Call 937-848-8234 | Facebook

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🍦Kone Korner Ice Cream & Deli

The exterior dinning area at Kone Korner. BILL LACKEY/STAFF Photo: Bill Lackey

WHERE: 3709 St. Paris Pike, Springfield

WHY WE LOVE IT: This family-run spot has the best of both worlds: ice cream and sandwiches. From their Facebook page, you can see their cyclones, funnel cake fries and foot-long coneys are MUST tries.

HOURS: Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

INFO: Call 937-390-2663 | Facebook

Marilyn Stanley, the owner of the Kone Korner, makes a softserve ice cream cone. BILL LACKEY/STAFF Photo: Bill Lackey

🍦Lee Ann’s Dairy Delight

An employee makes a banana split for a customer at Lee Ann's Dairy Delight. Bill Lackey/Staff

WHERE: 619 E. High St., Springfield

WHY WE LOVE IT: Serving up frozen treats and made to order food, this spot beckons for summer nights. A few Facebook reviewers noted their banana splits are out of this world — and for the price, the menu delivers big time.

HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

INFO: Call 937-561-4475 | Facebook

🍦Airline Dairy Creme

WHERE: 224 N. Dixie Drive, Vandalia

WHY WE LOVE IT: Another staple in the summer, this spot has been around for ages. As one Facebook reviewer put it: “Soft pretzels and ice cream at the same place. What more do you need?’ Trust us, try the peanut butter shake.

HOURS: Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

INFO: 937-898-3100 | Facebook

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🍦The Dairy Station

WHERE: 704 N. Detroit St., Xenia

WHY WE LOVE IT: Conveniently located near the bike trail in Xenia, this stop has a ton of flavors and options to satisfy your taste for ice cream. There are plenty of gluten-free options including the Dole whip (which has glowing reviews online). Give their twisted soft serve cones a try, and you’ll soon see what the hype is about. 

HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun. 12 to 9 p.m.

INFO: Call 937-372-1100 | Facebook

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🍦Twist Ice Cream Company

Kate Harvey, 16,serves an ice cream cone during her shift at Twist Ice Cream Company Wednesday, May 31, 2017, on Bethany Road in Liberty Twp. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF Photo: Staff Writer

WHERE: 7813 Bethany Rd., Liberty Township

WHY WE LOVE IT: These guys don’t skimp on variety or flavor. Reviewers noted their caramel sundae and weekly flavors never fail. We’ve been told they also make animals out of their ice cream, which has us super intrigued. Insider’s tip: it’s cash only.

HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 3:30 to 9 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 12 to 9:30 p.m.

INFO: Call 513-777-7813 | Facebook

What’s your favorite ice cream shop? We’d love to know! Email contact@dayton.com.