Aiken Ice Cream

Ice Cream Parlor
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Detached objectivity has never been a Roadfood priority. When we like a place, enthusiasm takes over and we become fans more than critics. That’s why there are no indifferent or negative reviews at Roadfood.com. If a restaurant doesn’t generate positive excitement, we forget about it, searching instead for one we can love.

… all of which is Part 1 of an apologia for saying that I love Aiken Ice Cream. Part 2 is that Aiken Ice Cream is a family business. My family business. There is no way I can judge it with detachment or objectivity.

I will say that during months of the taste-testing process prior to its opening in August, 2018, I became a merciless critic: of rum raisin that wasn’t rummy enough, of cookies & cream that didn’t have enough cookies, of chocolate that was too sweet or not sweet enough, and of hot fudge sauce that didn’t flow just right atop an ice cream sundae. But now that everything’s perfected – yes, perfected! – I can step back and be the ardent fan I am of restaurants that win my heart.

Rather than offer my extremely biased opinion about what makes each and every flavor so great (YOU must be the judge of that), here are some facts:

* This ice cream is made on premises in small batches – not trucked in from somewhere else.

* It is made from scratch, not using a ready-to-freeze “ice cream mix” that so many ice cream parlors import.

* Whenever available, ingredients are local: local peaches, blueberries, and strawberries, local pecans, cream from South Carolina cows.

* It is low-overrun ice cream, meaning it is not pumped full of air. A pint of Aiken Ice Cream weighs more than a pint of other “premium” brands.

* Need I mention that it is fresh, made throughout the week, without such commonly used preservatives as propylene glycol, glycerin, sodium carboxyl methylcellulose, monoglyceride, diglyceride, disodium phosphate, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, polysorbate 80, and dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate?

Please stop in. If you are a Roadfood regular and I happen to be loitering about, I will buy you a cone. (Yes, I pay for every scoop I eat, every day.)

What to Eat
Aiken Ice Cream, Chocolate Ice Cream
Chocolate Ice Cream
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Chocolate is thick and fudgy.
Aiken Ice Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream
Vanilla Ice Cream
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Vanilla is ethereal, but not bashful.
Aiken Ice Cream, Rum Raisin Ice Cream
Rum Raisin Ice Cream
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Golden raisins are sopped with dark rum.
Aiken Ice Cream, Cookies ‘n’ Cream Ice Cream
Cookies ‘n’ Cream Ice Cream
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Massive Oreo reefs crowd cookies 'n' cream.
Aiken Ice Cream, Molasses Gingersnap Ice Cream
Molasses Gingersnap Ice Cream
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Scooping molasses-gingersnap
Aiken Ice Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
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Mint ice cream boasts jumbo chocolate chips.
Aiken Ice Cream, Strawberry Ice Cream
Strawberry Ice Cream
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Fresh strawberry ice cream drizzled with hot fudge
Aiken Ice Cream, Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream
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For breakfast: Cinnamon Toast Crunch ice cream. Why not?
Aiken Ice Cream, Ice Cream Sandwich
Ice Cream Sandwich
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Chewy chocolate cookies hold vanilla ice cream
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday12pm - 8pm
Monday2pm - 9pm
Tuesday2pm - 9pm
Wednesday2pm - 9pm
Thursday2pm - 9pm
Friday2pm - 9pm
Saturday11am - 9pm
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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