Kansas City Ice Cream Guide

National Ice Cream Day is July 19th this year, and we are so lucky that here in the Kansas City Metro there are an abundance of locally owned ice cream shops where we can get our ice cream fix.

Here is a roundup of the Kansas City Mom Collective team’s favorite ice cream spots, and a little bit about what sets them all apart. Let us know your favorite!

  • Betty Rae’s Ice Cream: KCMO, Waldo and River Market locations. We love the creative flavors they offer (although nothing beats brown butter and toasted pecan for me!) You can place your order online and skip the line (and there is usually a line!) They also offer ice cream sandwiches and pies.
  • Dari-B Drive In: Excelsior Springs, MO. This place has small town charm and lots of nostalgia. You can get sundaes, shakes, malts, blizzards, frozen yogurt, floats—the options are endless! Only open March 1st – October 31st. Bring cash, rumor is that is all they take.
  • Fairway Creamery: Fairway, KS. They offer soft serve (and dip cones!), scooped ice cream in various flavors, and sundaes—sometimes even including one of their donuts! This is another business endeavor of KC’s own Christopher Elbow, so you know it’s great! I can’t decide which I like more, their donuts or their ice cream.
  • Foggi Ice Cream & Coffee: Mission, KS. This is a unique concept: ice cream made fresh in front of you using liquid nitrogen! Don’t forget to grab a punch card if you are going to be a frequent flier!
  • Glace Artisan Ice Cream: KCMO, Plaza Area. This is another Christopher Elbow business and many of the flavors include flakes of his amazing chocolate. Like his chocolates, you’ll find unique flavor combinations. My all time favorite Glace ice cream flavor is strawberry balsamic. Paired with a scoop of their dark chocolate ice cream and it is heaven on earth.
  • Ice Cream BAE KC: KCMO, Plaza. Located inside the Made in KC Marketplace. They offer creative and over the top milkshakes and macaron ice cream sandwiches. You can choose a signature combo like the “Not Your Average S’more” or create your own combination. If you want a fruity pebbles milkshake, you will find it here!
  • One More Scoop: Belton, MO. You’ll fine homemade ice cream and waffle cones (including CHOCOLATE waffle cones!) here. Try a donut ice cream sandwich or an ice cream pie while you are there.
  • Popculture Gourmet Popcorn & Ice Cream: Parkville, MO. Local ice cream options in the Northland are slim, and while Popculture doesn’t make their own ice cream, they do offer a variety of flavors for you to satisfy your craving and support a local business.
  • Poppy’s Ice Cream: Lee’s Summit, MO. Poppy’s is in adorable downtown Lee’s Summit and prepares their own unique flavors of ice cream and sorbet in house. If you’re lucky you may even spot their ice cream truck around town. Or you can reserve it for your own event!
  • Summer Salt Ice Cream Company: Prairie Village, KS. This ice cream shop just opened in June 2020, and it is a fantastic little spot. I enjoyed blackberry chip ice cream and my husband had strawberry rhubarb crisp. I like that they have more “grown up flavors” as my husband and I call them, but still lots of classics like mint chip and cookie dough.  You can go inside to order or use the convenient order window on their patio. They also have a freezer where you can buy pints of their ice cream to take home or even an ice cream cake!
  • Sweet Thang Cafe: Olathe, KS. Sweet Thang opened in 2019 in west Olathe. While they don’t make their own ice cream in house, they do offer 44 different flavors, as well as a variety of sandwiches so you can make it a meal. Follow their Facebook page to see what new flavors they add each week!
  • Sylas and Maddy’s: Olathe (and Lawrence), KS and can also found at select Daylight Donuts locations and Sweet Caroline’s. I grew up on Sylas and Maddy’s, and it remains one of our favorites. Both their ice cream and waffle cones are homemade (and I love the Whopper they put at the bottom of each waffle cone!). They recently expanded both their Olathe and Lawrence locations to provide more seating space and room for the long lines that can form on a hot summer day.
  • The Scoop: KCMO, Martin City. The Scoop is basically an ice cream stand (similar to a snow cone stand) in a parking lot in Martin City. They have about 10-12 flavors of their homemade ice cream available for $3 a scoop (or $5 for a double). I tried their chocolate brownie chunk, and it was delicious!  Make sure to join their Scoop Club where you will get text messages about new flavors and special deals!

If frozen custard or gelato are more your thing, check out these locally owned options!

Grab a spoon, Kansas City!

I'm Julia and I live in Olathe with my husband of 14 years, my 8 and 4 year old daughters, and a sweet old blind pug we call Boopers. I’m a social worker turned SAHM and love Dr. Pepper, thunderstorms, and talking to other adults. I hate coffee, diet culture, and washing dishes. I'll talk your ear off about the best local parks and which restaurants have wronged me by changing their long-standing menu items. I try to walk the line between knowing a lot of stuff and not being a know-it-all. Some days I'm better than others.