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Find Your New Favorite Ice Cream Shop: Cen Cali Life's Fresno-Area Guide

Jul 18, 2016 03:25PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Ampersand Ice Cream selection. Photo courtesy of Ampersand Ice Cream.

National Ice Cream Day was June 17th this year, but that doesn't mean the celebrations need to end! There are plenty of local spots that work with a passion for creating the perfect scoop of ice cream. 

We've compiled a list of ice creameries that are sure to entice, as well as a few flavor recommendations from the owners. Bon appetit! 

Ampersand Ice Cream


1940 N Echo Ave
Fresno, CA 93704

About: "Where Great Ice Cream & Community Meet." Ampersand was created by husband and wife team Jeff and Amelia Bennett. Like every future Ice Cream Parlour owners, they love Ice Cream, as well as some Fresno. They are a state-certified dairy plant and pasteurize all of their own bases. This allows them to build all of their flavors from the ground up using the best local products available. Ampersand uses Top O' The Morn Farm for all of their dairy products, and either make in house or source all of their mix-ins locally. 

Most Popular Flavors: Our most popular flavors is Whiskey Caramel Swirl & Honeycomb! As far as unique flavors, those are typically specials that come and go. Right now we have a Honey Roasted Blueberry, Black Pepper Plum and our Grizzly Jack, a play on cracker jacks in support of our local triple A baseball team the Fresno Grizzlies. Grizzly Jack is butter popcorn ice cream with a molasses caramel swirl and pralined almonds. 

For more information about Ampersand, you can visit their website

CREAM Ice Cream Parlor


FRESNO, CA 93710

CREAM provides freshly baked cookies and super-premium ice cream in Fresno, CA. CREAM believes this is no greater childhood memory exists than delicious cold ice cream and out-of-the-oven cookies. So why change that as an adult? One taste of our cookies matched with the cool bite of ice cream will make you swoon. And when you see the myriad of custom combinations available you’re sure to ask, “Are other desserts even trying? Founded in Berkeley, California CREAM was recently named one of "27 Ice Cream Shops You Need To Visit Before You Die," by Buzzfeed. 

Top Recommended Flavors & Combinations:
Chocolate Chip Cookies with French Vanilla Ice Cream
Snickerdoodle Cookies with Salted Carmel Ice Cream
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies with Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

For more information about CREAM, visit their website 

Jeb’s Swedish Creamery

Photo courtesy of the Jeb's
Swedish Creamy Yelp page.

(559) 897-4487

382 W Sierra Ave
Kingsburg, CA 93631

About: According to Celestine V. on Yelp, "Every day, I wake up and convince myself that today's the day I'll start that diet. However, Jeb's Swedish Creamery put that dream to rest this afternoon as I walked in and was bombarded by pink decor, a friendly manager, and that cold, unmistakable smell of an ice-cream shop. The first step to a five-star review? The manager gladly let me taste every single flavor. I'm not sure if this made it easier or harder to decide, but it did lead me to get a cup with a scoop of strawberry and a scoop of olallieberry."

If you're looking for a little bit of a savory option after your treat, Jeb's also serves classic American dishes such as burgers, hot dogs, and pizza. 

For more information about Jeb's, you can visit their Yelp page here

Scoops, Soups & More

(559) 299-9606

Old Town Clovis
433 Pollasky Avenue.
Clovis CA. 93612

About: Scoops, Soups & More has one of the largest selection of flavors of ice cream (over 35). Most of these flavors are Fresno State Ice Cream. Scoops, Soups & More is just “the place to be” if you are strolling the sidewalks of Old Town Clovis during a farmers market or Big Hat Days, or if you’re just looking for that perfect taste of something sweet!

For more information about Scoops, you can visit their website

Superior Dairy

Superior Dairy. Photo courtesy of the Superior Dairy Facebook page.

(559) 582-0481

325 N Douty St
Hanford, CA 93230

About: Parlor serving hearty scoops of homemade ice cream, banana splits, sundaes & sandwiches since 1929. For a vintage feel and large portions, you'll want to take the journey and try out Superior Dairy. 

Most Popular Flavors: For a variety of recommendations, visit their Yelp page to see what flavors over 303 people are talking about. 

What's your favorite Ice Cream shop? Let us know by contacting us