Yarnell’s is our state-wide ice cream. Period. Other states (looking at you, Texas) have Blue Bell or another proprietary brand, but this one’s ours. You’ll find Yarnell’s in every Walmart, Kroger, CV’s, Harp’s, Hay’s, Piggly Wiggly and Food Giant border-to-border. It’s on the menu with our favorite desserts and in many places as our favorite desserts, and it’s a signature Arkansas favorite.
Loblolly Creamery falls into this category, with organic and locally produced creations from local ingredients that can hinge on the unexpected. Honey green tea or Rock Town Bourbon Pecan? You betcha.
Burton’s Custom Creamery is this for soft-serve fans in Fayetteville, with dipped soft serve creations such as the Salty Dog, the Elton John, the Michael Jackson and the Death By Caramel (vanilla ice cream covered in caramel corn). By making their own soft serve and coating them with unusual toppings, Burton’s really stands out.
There are also purveyors of other delights mistaken for simple ice cream. For instance, frozen custard is available at different franchise operations such as Shake’s in Little Rock and Conway and Andy’s Frozen Custard in Jonesboro. Frozen yogurt is the domain of TCBY, once known as This Country’s Best Yogurt, a nationwide operation started in Little Rock in the 1980s.
So what’s the big difference between each of these items?
Even with all these categories, there are still some ice cream desserts that fall outside the norm. Want to know the craziest ones in the state? Check out these eight creations.
Need a primer on all the great ice cream parlors, soda fountains, dairy bars and such around Arkansas? Click through to this list of 63 or so of the state’s best places to get ice cream treats.