Top 5 Quintessential Indiana Ice Cream Shops

Whether it’s a simple vanilla shake at Ivanhoe’s or a Moose Horn from The Chocolate Moose, these treasured ice-cream haunts stand the test of time.
The Chocolate Moose in Bloomington

Mrs. Curl Ice Cream Shop and Outdoor Café – Greenwood

This local shop, voted the best small-town place to get ice cream in our unofficial poll, has been around for more than 40 years. Serving both food and frozen treats, Mrs. Curl brings in loyal customers for nine months out of the year. 259 S. Meridian St., Greenwood, 317-882-1031

Try this: Flavor Burst: Pick one or two flavors, like peanut butter and cheesecake, made with chocolate or vanilla ice cream

Fan Favorite: Fruity Pebble Razzle (their version of a blizzard)

The Chocolate Moose – Bloomington

This longstanding Bloomington favorite opened in 1933, and is known to have long lines that are worth the wait. The Chocolate Moose offers your choice of homemade ice cream, soft serve, frozen yogurt, and homemade vegan ice cream. 401 S. Walnut St., Bloomington, 812-333-0475

Try this: Moose Horn, a frozen banana dipped in chocolate with your choice of nuts or not

Fan Favorite: Their homemade flavors like Grasshopper, which is mint Oreo

Ivanhoe’s – Upland

Ivanhoe’s is famous for one thing – offering 100 shakes and 100 sundaes on their menu. Located in Upland off I-69, Ivanhoe’s is the perfect place to stop by, although it may take you a while to choose your flavor. 979 S. Main St., Upland, 765-998-7261

Try this: S’more Shake or Sundae: includes vanilla soft serve, Hershey chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers

Fan Favorite: Strawberry Shortcake Sundae

Ivanhoes in Upland


Zaharakos – Columbus

Known for its soda fountain, Zaharakos serves traditional ice cream sundaes as well as floats and ice cream sodas. Check out the museum while you’re there—it showcases a collection of old-fashioned soda fountains and other machinery. 329 Washington St., Columbus, 812-378-1900

Try this: The Big “Z” Sundae: five scoops of ice cream with three toppings of your choice

Fan Favorite: Ice Cream Float with old-fashioned soda, like orange, vanilla, or red raspberry

Zaharakos in Columbus

Jimmie’s Dairy Bar – Pendleton

Check out Jimmie’s Dairy Bar for its food and ice-cream treats. The Pendleton establishment is known for its BBQ and sloppy Joe sandwiches, and  everyone raves about the tangerine soft-serve ice cream. 7065 S. State Rd. 67, Pendleton, 765-778-3800

Try this: Root Beer Shake: it’s like a float, but better

Fan Favorite: The tangerine soft serve

Jimmie's Dairy Bar in Pendleton


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