Here’s the Scoop on the Best Spots to Celebrate National Ice Cream Day

Tasty treats from Dairy Palace: The peanut butter and nilla wafer sundae; owner Joyce Parker; vanilla soft serve ice cream with chocolate and rainbow sprinkles

With National Ice Cream Day quickly approaching on July 21, here’s the scoop on the area’s best and most unique ice cream shops.

Dairy Palace
2 Jay Dr, New Castle, DE 19720 *cash only*

Soft serve fans will melt over Dairy Palace. It’s a family-owned institution serving up the area’s best soft serve since 1956.

With hundreds of options like chocolate-covered pretzel sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes and fruity pebbles dipped cones, there are no limits to your creativity. Not an ice cream fan? Dairy Palace also offers the best hot dogs in town.

Christa Cooper posted tagged Woodside Creamery on Facebook with this adorable pic taken last week

Woodside Farm Creamery
1310 Little Baltimore Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707 *cash only*

Long-time Hockessin favorite, Woodside Farm Creamery has been serving farm to cone ice cream since 1998, but the family has been farming the property for over 200 years. With that kind of commitment, there’s no doubt their sweet treats are top-notch.


Flavors include Bacon, Butter Brickle, Peanut Butter & Jelly (our favorite!) and Dirt.

On July 21, head to the creamery for a National Ice Cream Day celebration including new flavor tests, meet and greets with the cows and behind the scenes tours.

Ice cream enthusiasts can also test their eating skills at the Ice Cream Eating Contest at 3:45 pm. Proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank of Delaware.

Soft serve ice cream with a peanut butter topping at Ice Cream Delight

Ice Cream Delight
1 Ice Cream Drive, Wilmington, DE 19810 *cash only*

What’s not to love about over 50 flavors of soft serve? Ice Cream Delight, owned by popular Italian restaurant V&M Bistro, brings everything you love about beach ice cream shops to North Wilmington – including the benches.

Soft serve flavors range from Watermelon to English Toffee, with everything else in between.

Cookie and pretzel cones, as well as peanut butter dips, are exciting additions. On July 21, enjoy free sprinkles at the shop all day.

Delicious ice cream served with a cone and a cookie at The Family Ice Cream

The Family Ice Cream
1716 W Gilpin Dr #2, Wilmington, DE 19805

Ever had a cotton candy ice cream burrito? If not, you can enjoy one at The Family Ice Cream.

It’s not your typical scoop shop, which offers frozen treats as well as cut fruit bowls and Mexican favorites like elote and loaded Doritos.

The banana ice cream comes with bits of caramelized banana and the coco chocolate almond is complete with coconut, slivered almonds and chocolate chips; both served with two delightful shortbread cookies. It’s an ice cream on the lighter side that is still packed with flavor.


UDairy Creamery on Market Street and at the Riverfront Market
1716 W Gilpin Dr #2, Wilmington, DE 19805

New to the Riverfront but a familiar friend, UDairy Creamery offers fresh ice cream “from the cow to the cone.” 

The raspberry cheesecake is our go-to pick with cheesecake ice cream, raspberry swirl and graham cracker crust. Other creative add-ins include lemon, ginger, Irish crème malted stout and cornbread.

UDairy Creamery now has an ice cream kiosk inside the Riverfront Market. A generous scoop of raspberry cheesecake ice cream from UDairy Creamery.

The ultra-creamy treats can now be found at the Riverfront Market Monday through Saturday from 11:30 – 3:30 pm — and seasonally through September 30th.

You can also find them in Newark, all over town in the “Moo Mobile” and on Market Street, which is open Sunday through Thursday 11 am – 8 pm and Friday and Saturday 11 am – 9 pm.

While the beloved student-run enterprise doesn’t have special plans for Sunday’s national celebration, UDairy Market Manager LeeAnne Ahamad says, “Every day is ice cream day at UDairy!”  She added that UDairy Creamery is currently offering a special inspired flavor – Port of Wilmington – at their Market Street location. 

The promotional flavor celebrates the Port of Wilmington as the number one banana port in North America as well as an entrance point for many other fruits. It is a fresh banana ice cream with peaches, apricots, bing cherries and a guava swirl.

Want to take it to go? Janssen’s Market and Capers & Lemons offer Columbus born artisanal Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams by the pint in the frozen section. Happy National Ice Cream Day!

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Fran Favoroso

Fran Favoroso

Fran Favoroso is a full-time program manager and part-time food blogger. Fran enjoys cooking, reading, traveling and trying new restaurants. She resides in Wilmington with her husband and two dogs, Lyla and Addie.