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Ice Cream remains one of the top desserts in the country, and most people enjoy a dip or cone on a regular basis. When you’re craving ice cream, turn to the list below for the Top Ten ice cream specialty shops in the area:

You can’t go wrong with one of the favorite Northwest Arkansas Ice Cream shops listed below:


Spark Cafe’ Soda Fountain $
105 N Main St, (479) 273-1329

Located on the Downtown Square in Bentonville, Spark Cafe’ is part of The Walmart Museum experience. With its round bar stools, soda fountain, uniformed soda jerks, vinyl covered booths and 1960’s memorabilia, you’re transported back more than 50 years when an ice cream cone was a special treat. This is one place in NWA where the entire family can enjoy an ice cream concoction for under ten dollars.

The Happy Wagon $
801 SE 8th St, (479) 553-9258

Located in the 8th Street Market, the Happy Wagon offers amazing gelati in rotating flavors.  The White Peach is to-die-for, and so are all the other flavors. Take the kiddos over to experience a different type of frozen dessert.  They will love it! Service is friendly and quick. If there is a line, count on it to move along rapidly.


Burton’s Comfort Creamery $
372 W Dickson St

If you love soft ice cream cones, but hate the mess, you’re going to love Burton’s, a food truck  featuring the buddy system, a cone system that keeps your hands clean while you enjoy delicious combinations of ice cream toppings. Open Spring – Fall.

ice cream cones in northwest arkansasShake’s Frozen Custard
2797 N College Ave, (479) 444-9777 $

Shake’s serves super premium frozen custard made from only the highest quality ingredients. Their award-winning ice cream experience including their classic sundaes, cakes, concretes, and frozen custard will keep you coming back time after time. Need to have an event catered? They do catering too.

Smudgies Dessert Lab $
241 N College Ave #1, (479) 249-8716

Smudgies offers an endless variety of ice cream dessert treats. The options are limited only by your imagination. This is a great place to take the team for after the game treats, and it’s a super fun place to take the whole family too. The staff is clean and kind and good with children. You’re going to love this wonderful Fayetteville dessert establishment.


The Short Stop $
18440 Marshall St, (479) 359-1303

Known for their humongous ice cream cones and big fresh cooked and juicy burgers, The Short Stop is staffed by friendly folks who go out of their way to make your experience with them a winner. Located close to Beaver Lake, the gas station/grill is swamped in warm weather, but don’t let that stop you, the line inside moves quickly. Note:  Image at top of the page is courtesy of The Short Stop.


Andy’s Frozen Custard $
2205 W Walnut St, (479) 636-2639

Be prepared for a fun experience when you frequent Andy’s in Rogers. The staff is friendly and determined to make your experience with them a happy one. The frozen custard is uniquely different, and promises to have you returning again and again. For your convenience, open until 11:00

Susie Q Malt Shop $
612 N 2nd St, (479) 631-6258

If it is made with ice cream, Susie Q Malt Shop makes it including malts, sundaes, banana splits, ice cream cones, ice cream sodas, floats and freezes. They also make tasty burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and amazing Susie Q Fries. Great place to stop if you’re on your way to Beaver Lake. This is a drive up and go to the window to order place, and although it has been there for years, it still turns out some of the best food in all of NWA.

Siloam Springs

Barnett’s Dairyette $
111 W Tulsa Street, (479) 524-3211

Started in 1957, this place is a Siloam Springs institution. It specializes in delicious ice cream, old fashioned burgers, hand cut fries, cones, and hand mixed shakes. Some folks have been coming to Barnett’s for more than 50 years. It’s ice cream is just as delicious now as it was all those years ago.

Pure Joy Ice Cream $
108 N Broadway St, (479) 524-3221
This is naturally crafted, small batch ice cream and sorbet at its very best. Local ingredients like local peaches are used whenever possible, and the flavors are simply amazing.

Honorable Mention

Big Dipper $
2049 E Van Buren
Eureka Springs, AR 72632
(479) 253-5357

A great place to enjoy hand-dipped ice cream, sugar-free ice cream, malts, low-fat yogurt, banana splits, shakes, old fashioned sodas, fresh squeezed lemonade, chili dogs, hot dogs, and nachos. Known for their friendly, consistent service and ice cream parlor atmosphere

3 Crazy Berries (Frozen Yogurt) $
1826 N Crossover Road #1
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 287-4489

This frozen yogurt, some of the very best in NWA, contains active and live cultures, making it not only yummy, but good for you too. A popular family-friendly dessert place that not only offers high quality yogurt, but it also offers an iPad bar and a comfortable lounge. Your kids will beg to go back to 3 Crazy Berries.