Aiken Ice Cream

Ice Cream Parlor
Worth driving from anywhere!
Michael Stern | August 03, 2018

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 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 partisan 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
Chocolate is thick and fudgy.
Aiken Ice Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream
Vanilla Ice Cream
Vanilla is ethereal, but not bashful.
Aiken Ice Cream, Rum Raisin Ice Cream
Rum Raisin Ice Cream
Golden raisins are sopped with dark rum.
Aiken Ice Cream, Cookies ‘n’ Cream Ice Cream
Cookies ‘n’ Cream Ice Cream
Massive Oreo reefs crowd cookies 'n' cream.
Aiken Ice Cream, Molasses Gingersnap Ice Cream
Molasses Gingersnap Ice Cream
Scooping molasses-gingersnap
Aiken Ice Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Mint ice cream boasts jumbo chocolate chips.
Aiken Ice Cream, Strawberry Ice Cream
Strawberry Ice Cream
Fresh strawberry ice cream drizzled with hot fudge
Aiken Ice Cream, Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream
For breakfast: Cinnamon Toast Crunch ice cream. Why not?
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday8am - 10pm
Monday6:30am - 10pm
Tuesday6:30am - 10pm
Wednesday6:30am - 10pm
Thursday6:30am - 10pm
Friday6:30am - 11pm
Saturday7am - 11pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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