Updated July 2022
At Berks County Eats, we love dessert. But we especially love ice cream. Through nearly a decade of blogs, we’ve had our fair share of sundaes, shakes and scoops. There’s a lot of great places to get ice cream, but we want to give a special shoutout to 10 of the best ice cream shops in Berks County.
Kwik Shoppe Drive-In – Shomakersville
Kwik Shoppe is an old-fashioned place with good, quick meals and plenty of creamy treats to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Longacre’s Modern Dairy – Barto
Longacre’s Modern Dairy is one of my favorite stops in eastern Berks County. I find their ice cream to be creamier and richer than average. And they always have way too many flavors to choose from.
Lori’s Candy Station – Robesonia
Full disclosure: Lori is my mother. That doesn’t change the fact that Lori’s Candy Station has some of the best ice cream in Berks County. I’m partial to the milkshakes – especially the off-the-menu chocolate covered strawberry shake (strawberry and death by chocolate ice cream).
Nesting Box – Kempton
Just outside Kempton, near the Lehigh County line, is one of the premier cow-to-cone creameries in Pennsylvania: the Nesting Box. Every flavor is a winner at this gem of a farmers market and creamery.
Plum Creek Farm Market – Bernville
Plum Creek is one of the few places around that makes their own soft serve ice cream. They offer a range of seasonal soft serve flavors – including root beer, peach, lemon, and more – but I prefer vanilla with a slice of homemade pie.
Pop’s Malt Shoppe – Kutztown
There’s a lot to love at Pop’s Malt Shoppe, Kutztown’s retro-inspired ice cream parlor. While they serve a full menu at lunch and dinner, it’s all about the ice cream for us. Pop’s has some of the biggest and best sundaes around, and of course you can always get a malt.
Schell’s and Schell’s Dairy Swirl – Temple
Schell’s Dairy Swirl has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember. I love the Twisters (their version of the Blizzard). Across the parking lot at Schell’s, my go-to drink with my hamburger BBQ is the raspberry milkshake – Schell’s is one of the only places I have ever found raspberry soft-serve shakes (and it’s so good).
Scoupe DeVille – Birdsboro
For another dose of nostalgia head on over to Scoupe DeVille in Birdsboro. On the outside, it looks like a garage; on the inside, it’s a 50s diner – and they are serving up delicious ice cream creations.
Sweet Ride Ice Cream Shop – West Reading
Sweet Ride has the feel of an old-school ice cream parlor. And while you’ll find old favorites like shakes and malts, they also have inventive treats like Girl Scout Cookie parfaits (in season) and ice cream tacos.
Way-Har Farms – Bernville
If you find yourself in the vicinity of Bernville, heading north toward I-78, check out Way-Har Farms, a farmers market and creamery that has been serving the community for decades.
Did we miss your favorite? Is there a new ice cream place we need to check out? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!