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Which is your favorite, ice cream, frozen custard or frozen yogurt?  What is the difference?

Ice Cream food labeled “ice cream” should have at least 20 percent milk solids and 10 percent milk fat by weight. Premium brands are fattier, typically 14 to 18 percent. Both milk and cream are used. Sweeteners account for another 15 percent or so.

Frozen custard is thicker, has a creamier texture and a smoother consistency than ice cream.   A touch of egg yolk is what distinguishes frozen custard from commercial ice cream.

Frozen yogurt blends yogurt (milk fermented with yogurt cultures) with an ice cream base of milk, cream and sweetener.

All three are delicious.  Wouldn’t some good cold tasty ice cream, frozen custard or frozen yogurt be good right about now?  Listed below are the best places to get your fill of these summertime desert treats in Northwest Arkansas.


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Ice Cream

1119 N Walton Blvd, Bentonville, AR
(479) 273-7913

There are 110 reasons to love Braum’s ice cream.  From their premium ice cream to their delicious sherbet, Braum’s has an ice cream treat to please every member of your group.

Spark Cafe’ Soda Fountain
105 N Main St, Bentonville, AR 72712
(479) 273-1329

Spark Cafe’ Soda Fountain located on the Downtown Square is and old-fashioned soda fountain where you can enjoy delicious ice cream and frozen yogurt in the atmosphere of yesteryear.  The kids will enjoy the stools and adults can enjoy either a booth, or weather permitting a patio table.  Sparks may be the only soda fountain in NWA where you can treat the entire family for under ten bucks.

Yum Yo’s
700 SE Walton Blvd, Bentonville, AR 72712
(479) 254-9866

Choose from 21 flavors of frozen yogurt, and countless topping combinations.  Containing live and active cultures, Yum Yo’s yogurt is good for you.

Bella Vista

DQ Grill and Chill
1 Riordan Rd, Bella Vista, AR
(479) 855-2362

Especially known for its ice cream cakes, shakes, burgers and blizzards, this DQ has a full range of DQ menu items to satisfy everyone’s hunger pangs.  Special events are welcome.

Eureka Springs

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

Hand-dipped ice cream, low-fat yogurt, and sugar-free ice cream, malts, shakes, banana splits, floats, old fashion sodas, fresh squeezed lemonade plus hot dogs, chili dogs and nachos are served.  Great atmosphere and exceptional service.



Frozen Custard

Andy’s Frozen
1513 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 582-9404

“Andy’s makes it fun to be a kid for a while” Featuring Frozen Custard and exceptional service, Andy’s with a five star rating is the place to go for a fun-filled outing.

Burton’s Comfort Creamery
372 W Dickson St, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701

A soft Ice Cream food truck and ice cream parlor featuring delicious combinations of ice cream toppings served in the buddy system, a cone system that catches all your drippings and keeps your hands clean.

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

Boasts the best frozen yogurt around town.  The yogurt contains active and live cultures and is not only delicious, but it is also good for you.

Maggie Moo’s
3155 College Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72703
(479) 521-8898

Ice cream chain known for its wide range of mix-in ingredients, and cupcakes.  Offers catering for your parties and has knowledgeable staff.

Shake’s Frozen Custard
2797 N College Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72703
(479) 444-9777

Shake’s Frozen Custard is a unique, vibrant frozen custard experience.  Catering is one of their specialties.  Concretes, super-premium frozen custard, a variety of toppings, classic sundaes, and cakes are on the menu too.


Dairy Queen
119 S Bloomington, Lowell, AR 72745
(479) 770-0808

Especially known for its ice cream cakes, shakes, burgers and blizzards, this DQ has a full range of DQ menu items to satisfy everyone’s hunger pangs. Special events are welcome.


Freddy’s Frozen Custard
4507 W Walnut, Rogers, AR 72756
(479) 903-7197

Try them once, you’ll be back.  Terrific steakburgers, delightful crisp fries, frozen custard, exceptional sundaes, bundt cake sundaes, a huge array of toppings, concretes, kid’s meals, dogs.  Take the kids and have a family good time.  Try the Turtle for a taste treat delight.

The Short Stop
18440 Marshall St, Garfield, AR 72732
(479) 359-1303

Located near Pea Ridge Military Park and close to Beaver Lake, The Short Stop is a major stopping place going to and coming from the lake.  Known for their giant ice cream cones and grill fare.

Siloam Springs

Barnett’s Dairyette
111 W Tulsa Street, Siloam Springs, AR 72761
(479) 524-3211

Customers love this place.  It has been in business in excess of 50 years.  Has terrific ice cream, shakes, cones, burgers and fries.

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Frozen Yogurt

Cherry Berry (Frozen Yogurt)
200 Progress Ave, Siloam Springs AR 72761
(479) 373-6311

A self-service yogurt bar featuring a large variety of frozen yogurt flavors delicious toppings. Customers say the staff is friendly and awesome.


Tropical Smoothie Cafe
7022 W Sunset, Ste. 1, Springdale, AR 72762
(479) 361-9999

Featuring classic, superfood, supercharged and indulgent smoothies.  Good and good for you.  Also have supplements and fresh add-ins.  Catering and nutritional information are available.  Have a guilt free delicious smoothie every time.