National Ice Cream Day is almost here! And before it fully arrives, here is a list of the top ice cream parlors in and around the Reading area so that you know exactly which one (or ones, if you’re anything like me) to visit when you celebrate National Ice Cream Day.
1. K & L Dairy (At the Fairgrounds Farmer’s Market)
Imagine a market full of home-cooked meals, candy, other sweet treats, fresh produce, and handmade items and you have the Fairgrounds Farmer’s Market. Deep within the Fairgrounds Farmer’s Market lays the hidden gem K&L Dairy. One scoop at K&L Dairy will cost you about $1.95, making it the cheapest option on our list. With around 24 flavors of hand-dipped ice-cream, if you haven’t already visited, what are you waiting for?
2. Pop’s Malt Shoppe (in Kutztown)
Have you ever wished that you could time travel? Enter Pop’s Malt Shoppe to finally make that dream a reality, as it is modeled after a classic 1950’s malt shop. Although you’ll have to drive a bit to reach this destination, one minute inside and it’ll be clear that it was worth the commute. Pop’s has also recently begun to offer vegan ice cream options. Be sure to try one of their humongous Extreme Shakes when stopping by Pop’s. It’s guaranteed to be extremely delicious!
3. Premise Maid (Breinigsville off U.S. 222)
If you love chocolate, be sure to give this Dutch chocolate paradise a try! As soon as you walk in, a chocolatey aroma hits you in the face and invites you to try one of their many delicious sweet treats. Enjoy your ice cream in their beautiful garden and patio area out back. Make sure to carve out some time when you visit Premise Maid, as there is almost always a line in the summertime.
4. Scoupe DeVille (in Birdboro)
If Pop’s Malt Shoppe doesn’t completely satisfy your need for all things nostalgic, then Scoupe Deville is sure to do so with its completely decked-out 1950’s interior. They also have vegan and dairy-free options available. Scoupe often hosts community events, like fundraisers and pet adoptions, that encapsulate the true essence of summer. Puppies and sundaes, what more could you ask for?
5. Oley Turnpike Dairy
Oley Dairy is the only destination on our list that has a zoo, with only $1 being charged per entry. They also have a giant backyard area with a few different climbing and playground structures. Basically, if you’ve ever wanted to climb into a wooden arc while pretending that the goats, monkeys, and peacocks around you are waiting to board before the flood gets you and your favorite hand-dipped ice cream cone, then Oley Turnpike Dairy is the place for you.
6. Sweet Ride (in West Reading)
With the biggest amount of options on the list (around 48 different flavors), Sweet Ride wants to make sure you try as many as you can. In order to make that a possibility, they offer up an extremely unique ice cream flight option. They also have vegan and dairy-free options available. For all your catering needs, Sweet Ride gives its customers the option of renting out an ice cream truck or bike for private events.
7. Lola’s Ice (at the Berkshire Mall)
Rolled ice cream is definitely trending right now, and that’s what Lola’s Ice is all about. It may be the only place in Reading where you can get fresh and authentic rolled ice cream. It is also the first place on our list to have authentic Latino flavors like Cajeta and Tajin. It is important to note that Lola’s Ice only has one serving size (a large), which will cost you $7.00 and comes with three free toppings.
8. Schell’s Dairy Swirl (on N 5th Street Highway in Temple)
What’s better than ice cream? Ice cream and mini-golf of course. Schell’s is the only parlor on the list that has a mini-golf course, and is guaranteed to result in family fun. They’ve been a community staple since 1952, and if you haven’t already been to Schell’s, have you ever really lived in Reading?