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If you’re looking for the best ice cream in Chattanooga TN, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a list of the top ice cream shops in town, based on our own personal experiences and reviews from locals.
Whether you’re in the mood for classic vanilla or something more adventurous like salted caramel with bacon bits, we’ve got you covered with our guide to the best ice cream in the Chattanooga area!
These are all locally owned ice cream shops. You can also find chains such as Ben and Jerry’s, Cold Stone Creamery, Marble Slab, Dairy Queen, Baskin Robbins and more in the area if you like these types of ice cream shops.
But today we are shining the spotlight on locally owned shops or small chains that have fantastic ice cream and treats!
For each shop, we’ll tell you what types of treats are on the menu, allergen information for those like us who are dealing with food allergies (we have a dairy free kiddo), where to find it, what we recommend and a link to their website to check out the rest of the menu.
Clumpies Ice Cream Co.
Opened in 1999 by the son of a third generation candy maker, this ice cream shop makes small batches by hand with fresh ingredients. They use fresh milk and cream that they pasteurize themselves. They then add house-made cookies, cakes, jams sauces and more, as well as partner with other local small businesses to bring coffee, whiskey, local fresh fruit and more to their ice cream.
On the Menu: Lots of delicious small-batch ice cream flavors, including a ton of classic flavors as well as seasonal flavors that come and go. They also have gourmet popsicles.
Allergen Options: Many flavors are gluten free and they also have dairy free sorbet and a few flavors of dairy free ice cream.
Northshore: 26 Frazier Ave, Chattanooga
Southside: 1401 Market St, Chattanooga
St. Elmo: 3917 St. Elmo Ave, Chattanooga
Also trucks and carts – you can check their food truck schedule on the website
Our Recommendations: Our kiddos who aren’t dairy free really love the Firecracker, which is tutti frutti ice cream with pop rocks! My dairy free kid loves the sorbet and the hubs and I enjoy pistachio and cookie dough. They had dairy free coconut macaroon when we went – it was great!
The Ice Cream Show
Fully customize your ice cream at the Ice Cream Show. Stop by for some custom blended frozen yogurt or ice cream on the spot!
On the Menu: Coffee, hot chocolate, and custom-blended ice cream or yogurt. Also fruit smoothies and sorbets.
Allergen Options: They have dairy free ice cream available.
Location: 105 Walnut St, Chattanooga
Our Recommendations: I love to mix their vanilla ice cream with peanut butter cups, the hubs is a big fan of vanilla with cheesecake and the kids have tried everything from bownies and oreos to green mint and black cherry. It’s all delicious!
Milk and Honey
This homemade gelato is straight out of an ice cream lover’s dreams! You may remember this place from our list of the best coffee in Chattanooga, and it also makes the list for best ice cream.
On the Menu: Espresso, amazing coffee, loose leaf tea, juice, baked goods, salads, sandwiches, pastries and their famous gelato
Allergen Options: They have a lot of vegan options, as well as dairy free sorbet and gluten free items
Location: 135 N Market St, Chattanooga
Our Recommendations: I adore the pina colada, which is seasonal, and the birthday cake, which is available year round. The kids and hubs adore the pistachio, sorbets (for my dairy free kiddo), and s’mores, another seasonal flavor.
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
Bruster’s is a bit more of a chain than the other ice cream shops on this list, but it made the grade just because the ice cream is so good! They make the ice cream and waffle cones right in the store, which not every chain does, making them stand out among the other chain ice cream parlors.
On the Menu: Premium ice cream in a wide variety of flavors, sherbets/ices, sorbets, freezes, sundaes, and also cakes and pies.
Allergen Options: They have dairy free ice cream as well as no sugar added/fat free versions.
Location: 1406 Jenkins Rd, Chattanooga
Our Recommendations: The kids love the dino sundae with a sugar cookie or the dirt sundae with gummy worms. Mom and Dad prefer wedding cake and sea salt caramel.
8F Ice Cream
Have you tried rolled ice cream yet? If not, you’re in for a real treat! This is one of our favorite types of ice cream, and 8F (8 degrees Fahrenheit) doesn’t disappoint!
On the Menu: Rolled ice cream, bubble tea, milkshakes and flavors of regular ice cream.
Allergen Options: The fruit green tea and slushies are great for those who are dairy free or gluten free
Location: 5546 TN-153 Suite 106, Hixon
Our Recommendations: I’m a huge fan of the pina colada rolled ice cream, my hubs loves the cookies & cream milkshake, and the kids like the minions rolled ice cream.
There are so many delicious ice cream shops in Chattanooga for the ultimate ice cream experience, and we hope you enjoy trying them all! We sure enjoy visiting and checking out all the great places to have ice cream in this amazing city.
If you’re looking for an ice cream shop that serves a slice of edible cookie dough, we recommend trying Downtown Dough. This is a great place to satisfy your cookie dough AND ice cream cravings. Learn more about Downtown Dough here. They have your favorite flavors of cookie dough and some great ice cream.
So, whether you are looking for a chain ice cream shop or a one-of-a-kind treat, you’re sure to find it in town!