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Velvet Ice Cream in Utica is one of 15 stops along the brand new Ohio Ice Cream Trail. / Image courtesy of Velvet Ice Cream // Published: 8.22.18

The Ohio Ice Cream Trail Is The Sweetest Excuse To Explore Your State

They say you can't buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream. And when you take a journey on the brand new Ohio Ice Cream Trail, happiness inevitably follows.

Tourism Ohio's newest food-themed trail highlights 15 of the best ice cream shops, parlors, stands, and drive-throughs the state has to offer. Two local favorites landed on the list: Graeter's and Aglamesis Brothers.

While Graeter's signature black raspberry chocolate chip ice cream and Aglamesis' flavorful Italian ices keep sweet-toothed Cincinnatian's happy at home, there are plenty of other scoops, soft serves, milkshakes, and sundaes to discover beyond throughout the rest of Ohio.

From Cincinnati up to Cleveland and Youngstown out to Celina, here's the scoop on the stops along the trail:

  1. Graeter's (Hyde Park)
  2. Aglamesis Brothers (Oakley)
  3. Whit's Frozen Custard (Athens)
  4. Young's Jersey Dairy (Yellow Springs)
  5. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams (Columbus)
  6. Johnson's Real Ice Cream (Bexley)
  7. Tom's Ice Cream Bowl (Zanesville)
  8. Velvet Ice Cream (Utica)
  9. Hartzler Family Dairy (Wooster)
  10. Handel's (Youngstown)
  11. Sweet Moses Soda Fountain and Treat Shop (Cleveland)
  12. Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream (Cleveland)
  13. Toft Dairy (Sandusky)
  14. Dietsch Brothers (Findlay)
  15. Lake City Creamery (Celina)

No matter which flavor you seek, you'll find it along the trail. But unless you've had them before, you may be delightfully surprised by the following creative concoctions offered by several of the trail's participating parlors.

  • Lake Erie Cookie Island Monster
    by Toft Dairy (Sandusky)
    Blue cake batter ice cream mixed with chocolate cookies and cream, chocolate chips, and cookie dough pieces
  • Elvis
    by Handel's (Youngstown)
    Banana ice cream with peanut butter ripple

  • Cow Pie Sundae
    by Hartzler Family Dairy (Wooster)
    A brownie topped with homemade vanilla custard and hot fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry

  • Riesling Poached Pear
    by Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams (Columbus)
    A rich pear sorbet with notes of riesling wine

Another great part of the trail is its emphasis on Ohio's rich ice cream-making heritage. Graeter's is celebrating its 148th year of business, and Aglamesis Brothers has been around since 1908. Both are still family-owned and operated, as are many other shops on the list. Toft Dairy in Sandusky claims the title of "Oldest Dairy in Ohio," and Tom's Ice Cream Bowl has been a Zanesville tradition for more than 60 years.

That's a long history of home-grown happiness. After you've made a dentist appointment for a little post-trail checkup, check out this handy interactive map and get started on your sweet adventure.

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To learn more about each location on the trail, visit Tourism Ohio's website.