Treat Yourself, Memphis! It’s National Ice Cream Month

Posted by Holly Whitfield | July 19th 2020 17390 0

July has it going on when it comes to these arbitrary National Food Days. We’ve already passed National Barbecued Spareribs and National Fried Chicken Day, and we still have National Fortune Cookie Day (July 20) and National Tequila Day (July 24) to go.

I love these random holidays. They’re total gimmicks, but I also think they’re a fun excuse to treat yourself. July happens to be National Ice Cream Month and National Ice Cream Day 2020 is Sunday, July 19th.

Margie’s 901 is a local black-owned ice cream shop in downtown Memphis. Open 12-9 daily. Mask up or order from the apps.

Here are ten ways to celebrate this monthlong sweetened dairy holiday—nine places for ice cream in Memphis and the Mid-South.

Ed. Note: I recommend that you get your cold, creamy treats to-go, practice distancing, and wear masks (required most places).

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1. La Michoacana 

While La Michoacana serves all of the standard flavors of ice cream, the best things on the menu are the daily specials and unique desserts. There are a half-dozen locations in the Mid-South, and you can get everything to-go. Read more here.


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2. The Levee Creamery

This new coffee shop and homemade ice creamery in Collierville offers a fairly basic array of ice cream flavors, but with plenty of ways to enjoy them: in a cone or cup, with espresso in an affogato, in a milkshake with espresso, and or with a side of “cookie dough”. You can get coffee and ice cream to-go. The Highland Strip location is closed. Read more here.

3. Sweet Noshings Ice Cream

When you walk in Sweet Noshings in Overton Squre, you have several options. You can go for the candy jars, the gourmet popcorn, the pre-packaged candy and baked goods, or, of course, the ice cream. Read more here.


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4. Sweden Kream

Sweden Kream looks like it’s been open since man first realized that snow cones, milkshakes, and burgers are necessary to surviving summer in the South. Read more here.

Chocolate cherry shake, Sweden Kream, Memphis, Tenn.

5. Margie’s 901 Ice Cream

Need a scoop or two of delicious gourmet ice cream? Margie’s 901 downtown on South Main has you covered, from unique flavors with mix-ins, cookies, and custom ice cream cakes.


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6. Sweet Magnolia Gelato

I’m not going to split hairs about gelato v. ice cream, but I am going to recommend that you try the delicious ice cream adjacent treats from Sweet Magnolia Gelato, which is inside Puck Food Hall downtown on South Main. Read more about Puck Food Hall.

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7. Jerry’s Sno Cones: Supreme Sno Cones

When you order, ask for your snow cone “supreme” and you’ll get it layered with vanilla soft serve ice cream. It sounds kind of weird, but trust me – the soft serve takes the basic snow cone and transforms it into a local delicacy. Read more here.

8. Mister Softee Memphis

This locally-owned ice cream truck favorite can be found around town most Saturdays for all of your soft-serve needs. Think dipped cones, milkshakes, and sundaes.


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9. Area 51 Ice Cream

For ice cream that’s outta this world (I’m sorry) in unique and locally-sourced flavors, you can head to one of Area 51 Ice Cream’s two Mid-South locations. There’s one in Crosstown and one in Hernando, Mississippi. Read more.

Area 51 Ice Cream Two Scoops

10. Miccos Snocones & Shakes

This Germantown ice cream hot spot uses soft serve to create delicious sundaes, milkshakes, and stuffed snocones. If you’re really on the treat yourself train, splurge for the Chips Ahoy milkshake, topped with tiny cookies.


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What did we leave off the list? What are your favorite flavors to order at these spots? Let me know in the comments.

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  1. Jack Ryan says:

    Mama D;s @ 305 New Byhalia Road in Colliervile has a great selection of Italian Ice & Frozen Pops.  Check it out here. https://www.facebook.com/mymamads   

    It's awesome !!






  2. […] for their favorite Mid-South places to get ice cream (you can read all about what we came up with here). Several of you recommended two places in Hernando, so I had to check them out for […]

  3. James C. says:

    You forgot Chill Sweets & Treats in Collierville. Family owned and operated and their milkshake line up is ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️

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