It has been said, and aptly so, “Without ice cream there would be darkness and chaos.” – Don Kardong

We’re happy to report that for many reasons all is well in the City of Fayetteville, not the least of which is the profusion of great spots to satisfy your sweet tooth with something spectacularly cold and delicious. We haven’t been able to pick a favorite, but are so very content to keep the quest alive. Here are some must-tries when nothing will do but sweet, creamy perfection topped with your heart’s delight:

Andy’s Frozen Custard – Serving frozen custard for more than three decades from locations that offer drive-through and walk-up service, Andy’s knows more than a thing or two about treats. Warm weather wouldn’t be the same without Andy’s Ozark Turtle or the James Brownie Funky Jackhammer, but don’t overlook seasonal specials like the Strawberry Shortcake Sundae, the Pumpkin Pie Concrete or the “Words Can’t Describe It” Apple Pie Sundae.
1523 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard

Burton’s Creamery – 2014 was a good year because it ushered in Burton’s Creamery to serve insanely rich, premium soft serve ice cream. From its early beginnings in the Schulertown Food Truck Court on Dickson Street, people began lining up for the impossibly perfect 10% butterfat frozen sweet cream. Served in little waffle cones, various options involve gooey sauces and creative toppings like crunch sweet cereals, cookies, pretzels, candies and more.
Two locations: 372 W Dickson Street (food truck) and 3939 N Steele Boulevard (store)

Cold Stone Creamery – Cold Stone is all about the customization concept and the options are beyond tantalizing with their selection of ice cream, custom cakes and and shakes. The only limitation is your imagination. One over-the-top delight to check out, especially if you’re willing to share, is the Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cups six-pack: chocolate cups filled with layers of peanut butter sauce and chocolate ice cream, topped with fudge ganache, a pinch of sea salt and a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
160 E Joyce Boulevard, Suite 109

Kream Snack Bar – Bring your stretchy pants, because if you opt for one of Kream’s doughnut ice cream sandwiches, you may well need the extra room around the waist. One Facebook reviewer gushes, “After snapping back into reality from the multi-textured sugar high, I decided to get back in line for another round.” Not a doughnut person? Go for a cone of epic proportions (because dessert first) and chase it with any number of gourmet hot dog or pizza options. Open late night, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
329 N West Avenue

Marble Slab Creamery – There’s something very Zen about watching your hand-crafted, small batch ice cream get smeared on a frozen stone, then covered and artfully blended with any of 65 different toppings. Plus, there’s made-to-order cakes, signature sundaes and smoothies, oh my! The ice cream flavor selection alone is divine—from banana rum and eggnog to pink grapefruit and piña colada. Let your sugar fix seriously run wild.
3155 N College Avenue, #100A

Shake’s Frozen Custard – The folks at Shake’s know ice cream is more than a dessert, it’s about making memories with special people and old-fashioned customer service. A Fayetteville summer ritual involves a run through the Shake’s drive-through to procure an exquisite concrete (we humbly suggest cappuccino Heath Bar or strawberry fudge brownie) or a classic sundae (check out The Bopper or the Heavenly Angel.) Just see if you can make it more than a few blocks before devouring every perfect bite.
2797 N College Avenue

Smudgies Dessert Lab – We’re totally inclined to agree with the Smudgies assertion, “Life is short. Eat all of your favorite sweets at the same time, combined into one insane, delicious creation. Dessert shouldn’t have any boundaries.” Since we can’t argue with that philosophy, we recommend any and all of the available options: the Smudgie, the Sludgie, the (S)milkshake and the Softie. You’ll laugh at the fun menu names, but will find yourself getting dead serious about the sweet perfection you’ll receive.
241 N College Avenue

Three Crazy Berries – YOU’RE crazy if you don’t get by this friendly little treat parlor for a loaded cup of frozen yogurt, and that’s all we’ve got to say about that. Twelve rotating flavors of yogurt, eight sauces and sixty toppings…we’re looking at you. If you’ve never had fruity popping Boba pearls on your frozen concoction, thankfully Three Crazy Berries can help you experience one of life’s great pleasures. Create your own and pay by the weight. There are no wrong answers here.
1826 N Crossover Road, Suite 1

Yum Yo’s Frozen Treats – We all know shopping can work up quite an appetite, but those doing a bit of retail therapy at the Northwest Arkansas Mall are in luck. Yum Yo’s is conveniently located in the mall food court and they’ve got plenty of ways to put a smile any face. Look for 21 flavors of ice cream, frozen yogurt and gelato—and they’ve even got wonderfully refreshing Dole Whips. Feeling tired from carrying all of the spoils of your retail therapy victory? Consider the Red Bull Power Slush!
4201 N Shiloh Drive

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