Ice Cream Sundae! Tioga Drug & The Soda Shoppe, Tioga, North Dakota

Ice Cream Sundae! Tioga Drug & The Soda Shoppe, Tioga, North Dakota   (photo courtesy Facebook)

 

Best Places for Ice Cream!

Is it summer yet?   While recent weather may not have felt like summer, there’s over a month of summer left.  That means, ice cream!

And In The Beautiful Badlands…..

We surveyed twenty social media pages for recommendations to direct us to good ice cream.   The response was overwhelming!   Summer definitely = ice cream!   

So Many Flavors! You, Froyo & More, Dickinson, North Dakota

So Many Flavors!  Yum Froyo & More, Dickinson, North Dakota   (photo courtesy Facebook)

 

The Top Ten Best Places for Ice Cream Are…..

 

1. Dakota Drug Company, Stanley, North Dakota

Most people will agree that Dakota Drug Company has the most famous ice cream treat in the state!  Ever heard of Whirl-A-Whip? Think vintage blizzard!  The Whirl-A-Whip is a retro ice cream machine which was first manufactured in the 1930’s, and has quite a history.   Original machines are very rare, with only two most often cited:  this one in Stanley (they use hard ice cream, which was traditional) and one in Girard, Illinois (they begin with soft serve ice cream).    

Watch this video from KXnet.com:  The Only Known Original Whirla-Whip Machine is in North Dakota!

Also check out this interesting video: Destination Small Town Discovers Stanley, North Dakota Whirl-a-Whips!

Ice Cream Counter at Dakota Drug Company, Home of the Whirl-A-Whip! Stanley, North Dakota. (photo courtesy Facebook)

Ice Cream Counter at Dakota Drug Company, Home of the Whirl-A-Whip! Stanley, North Dakota.   (photo courtesy Facebook)

Whirl-A-Whip Flavors at Dakota Drug Company, Stanley, North Dakota

Whirl-A-Whip Flavors at Dakota Drug Company, Stanley, North Dakota   (photo courtesy Facebook)

Whirl-A-Whip! A Tradition at Dakota Drug, Stanley, North Dakota

Whirl-A-Whip! A Tradition at Dakota Drug Company, Stanley, North Dakota   (photo courtesy Facebook)

 

2. The Cold Stuff, Dickinson, North Dakota 

The Cold Stuff  is a food truck which sets up at various locations and events in the Dickinson area.   As the owners put it, ” Our ice cream is hard serve, super premium (extra creamy) ‘cold stuff’ from Wisconsin. Come check us out!”  The flavors are tremendously varied, and new ones continually rotate through!  Keep up with the latest flavors, and locations, by monitoring their Facebook page The Cold Stuff, or receive cell phone texts with updates by texting ‘thecoldstuff’ to 94253.  Their ice cream ROCKS!   Really!!

Assorted Flavors of Premium Ice Cream! The Cold Stuff, Dickinson, North Dakota

Assorted Flavors of Premium Ice Cream! The Cold Stuff, Dickinson, North Dakota   (photo courtesy Facebook)

Flavors to be found at The Cold Stuff, Dickinson, North Dakota

Flavors to be found at The Cold Stuff, Dickinson, North Dakota (photo courtesy Facebook)

Flavors Galore! The Cold Stuff, Dickinson, North Dakota

Flavors Galore! The Cold Stuff, Dickinson, North Dakota (photo courtesy Facebook)

A Sampling of Flavors! The Cold Stuff, Dickinson, North Dakota

A Sampling of Flavors! The Cold Stuff, Dickinson, North Dakota (photo courtesy Facebook)

Homemade Dairy Free Ice Cream! The Cold Stuff, Dickinson, North Dakota

Homemade Dairy Free Ice Cream! The Cold Stuff, Dickinson, North Dakota   (photo courtesy Facebook)

The Cold Stuff Ice Cream Truck, Dickinson, North Dakota

The Cold Stuff Ice Cream Truck, Dickinson, North Dakota   (photo courtesy Facebook)

 

3.  Nana Lil’s Cafe, Killdeer, North Dakota

Nana Lil’s Cafe in Killdeer, North Dakota, is a local legend, an integral part of the community.  Their own description on their Facebook page states: “Family friendly cafe with a breakfast menu till 10:45am daily with a variety of burgers, sandwiches, apps, fries, & ice cream. Game room & meeting room.”  Apparently their ice cream is one of their most sought after summer offerings!   Stop there for classic Blue Bunny flavors!

Blue Bunny Ice Cream Flavors, Nana Lil's Cafe, Killdeer, North Dakota

Blue Bunny Ice Cream Flavors, Nana Lil’s Cafe, Killdeer, North Dakota.   (photo courtesy Facebook)

Nana Lil's Cafe, Killdeer, North Dakota

Nana Lil’s Cafe, Killdeer, North Dakota   (photo courtesy Facebook)

4. Larsen Service Drug & Soda Fountain, Watford City, North Dakota 

It was readily apparent that in the McKenzie County area that a huge draw for ice cream treats is Larsen Service Drug & Soda Fountain in Watford City!  The business has been vibrant in Watford City since 1952, and it’s family run.  You can find a huge variety of merchandise there, along with medical prescriptions and supplies, but it’s the old fashioned soda fountain which is the fun attraction.  Stop by for freshly brewed coffee every morning.   This is a MUST place to go for ice cream!

  1. Homemade Waffle Cones! Larsen Service Drug, Watford City, North Dakota

    Homemade Waffle Cones! Larsen Service Drug and Soda Fountain, Watford City, North Dakota   (photo courtesy Facebook)

    Orange Ice Cream Treat! Larsen Service Drug & Soda Fountain, Watford City, North Dakota

    Orange Ice Cream Treat! Larsen Service Drug & Soda Fountain, Watford City, North Dakota   (photo courtesy Facebook)

    A Homemade Wheat-Free Waffle Cone with Cookies and Cream Ice Cream,  Larsen Service Drug & Soda Fountain, Watford City, North Dakota

    A Homemade Wheat-Free Waffle Cone with Cookies and Cream Ice Cream, Larsen Service Drug & Soda Fountain, Watford City, North Dakota   (photo courtesy Facebook)


     

5. Nutt-N-Better, Sidney, Montana

Nutt-N Better was the most highly recommended ice cream shop in the Sidney, Montana area.   People answering the survey raved about the Blue Bunny Ice Cream products.   It’s ‘the go-to place’ on a hot summer day in the Sunrise City

Nutt-N-Better Ice Cream Shop, Sidney, Montana Photo from the Facebook page: Nutt-N Better Ice Cream Shop

Nutt-N-Better Ice Cream Shop, Sidney, Montana   (photo courtesy Facebook)

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream from Nutt-N Better, Sidney, Montana

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream from Nutt-N Better, Sidney, Montana (photo courtesy Facebook)

Double Chocolate Ice Cream from Nutt-N Better, Sidney, Montana

Double Chocolate Ice Cream from Nutt-N Better, Sidney, Montana (photo courtesy Facebook)

Ripe Strawberry Ice Cream from Nutt-N Better, Sidney, Montana

Ripe Strawberry Ice Cream from Nutt-N Better, Sidney, Montana. (photo courtesy Facebook)

 

6. Tioga Drug & The Soda Shoppe, Tioga, North Dakota 

The Soda Shoppe is a new addition (the return of an old tradition!) to Tioga Drug, founded in 1953 and still locally owned.  The Soda Shoppe opened July 1, 2019.  When you stop there, ask about their Soda Shoppe rewards program.   This cool retro hang out seems right out of the ’50’s!  

Tioga Drug & The Soda Shoppe, Tioga, North Dakota

The Soda Shoppe at Tioga Drug, Tioga, North Dakota.  (photo courtesy Facebook)

Soda Shoppe Sundaes, Tioga Drug & The Soda Shoppe, Tioga, North Dakota

Soda Shoppe Sundaes, Tioga Drug & The Soda Shoppe, Tioga, North Dakota (photo courtesy Facebook)

Scooping These Flavors! Tioga Drug & The Soda Shoppe, Tioga, North Dakota

Scooping These Flavors! Tioga Drug & The Soda Shoppe, Tioga, North Dakota. (photo courtesy Facebook)

Ice Cream Specialties, Tioga Drug & The Soda Shoppe, Tioga, North Dakota

Ice Cream Specialties, Tioga Drug & The Soda Shoppe, Tioga, North Dakota (photo courtesy Facebook)

 

7. Long X Trading Post Visitor Center, Watford City, North Dakota 

While the Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County and the Long X Trading Post Visitor Center  in Watford City are well known for their extensive display of artifacts and art, some miss the genuine hospitality of the place.  And the ice cream!   This is our favorite place for ice cream in the area!   Not only is the ice cream delicious, but the people working there are gracious and knowledgable. They’ll become your friends!  Go to this inviting building for a generous (big!) ice cream cone!   

Ice Cream at the Long X Trading Post Visitor Center/Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County, Watford City, North Dakota

Ice Cream at the Long X Trading Post Visitor Center/Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County, Watford City, North Dakota

Ice Cream, Books, and Gift Items at the Long X Trading Post Visitor Center/Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County, Watford City, North Dakota

Ice Cream, Books, and Gift Items at the Long X Trading Post Visitor Center/Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County, Watford City, North Dakota

Long X Trading Post Visitor Center/Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County.  Watford City, North Dakota

Long X Trading Post Visitor Center/Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County. Watford City, North Dakota.   (photo courtesy Facebook)

8. Yum Froyo & More, Dickinson, North Dakota 

Yum Froyo & More is a frozen yogurt shop which is locally owned.   It’s a kid friendly space which offers frozen yogurt, soft serve ice cream, pizza, drinks, and more.   Of special note is that Dairy Free options are available!

Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream, Yum Froyo & More, Dickinson, North Dakota

Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream, Yum Froyo & More, Dickinson, North Dakota (photo courtesy Facebook)

So Many Flavors! You, Froyo & More, Dickinson, North Dakota

So Many Flavors!  Yum Froyo & More, Dickinson, North Dakota (photo courtesy Facebook)

Dairy Free Options at YUM Froyo & More, Dickinson, North Dakota

Dairy Free Options at Yum Froyo & More, Dickinson, North Dakota (photo courtesy Facebook)

 

9. Dairy Queen, Dickinson, North Dakota 

What could be more classic for a summer ice cream treat than Dairy Queen!  The Dairy Queen in Dickinson received very high praise, and every time we’ve stopped there the lines have been sizable. And the service was good!  Dairy Queens are also located in Killdeer, Williston, and Sidney.

Dairy Queen! Dickinson, Killdeer, Williston, Sidney

Dairy Queen! Dickinson, Killdeer, Williston, Sidney.      (logo courtesy Facebook)

 

10. The Cup & Cake, Belfield, North Dakota

The Cup & Cake in Belfield was formerly known as The Cup.  Now under new ownership, it is located to the back of Main Street Boutique.  You’ll find specialty coffees, teas, lemonades, bakery items and wonderful ice cream!   Renovations are in progress.  We’re excited about this new enterprise! 

The Cup and Cake in Belfield, North Dakota

The Cup and Cake in Belfield, North Dakota (photo courtesy Facebook)

The Cup & Cake at Main Street Boutique, Belfield, North Dakota

The Cup & Cake at Main Street Boutique under renovation, Belfield, North Dakota.   (photo courtesy Facebook)

 

And There’s More!

While the ten ice cream destinations listed above received the most recommendations, many others followed closely.   Here’s the rest of the results! 

 

Where’s Your Favorite Ice Cream Place? 

There are many more places for good ice cream in western North Dakota and eastern Montana.   Where do you go for an ice cream treat?   

We recently hiked on a hot summer day, and ice cream would have been the perfect cool down.   Check out our afternoon adventure here:  Chimney Butte Gave Us More Than We Anticipated!

And on the subject of cooling off, this little known historic railway tunnel in North Dakota (the only one!) is very cool!  Literally!   Read about it here:  Do You Dare Explore This Dark, Curved Tunnel?!

Ideas for us?   If you’ve suggestions of sights we should see, places we should explore, people we should meet, let us know!  Email us at: beautifulbadlandsnd@gmail.com

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