Here are the top 5 in order of popularity (per a poll of our most trusted ice cream experts):

#1 – Cullens Ice Cream

Locations in Champlin and Coon Rapids

Family-local business

48 flavors of ice cream (including dairy-free and vegan options)

HUGE selection of candy! Our sources say, “it’ll take you back to your youth”! 

Glass-bottle sodas in flavors of today and yesteryear

Rotating selection of flavors of gourmet made-from-scratch popcorn

Cullens on the web

Cullens on Facebook

#2 – Sebastian Joe’s

Locations in Uptown and South Minneapolis

Independent and family-run

Also available in a variety of restaurants and cafes around town (To name just a few: Nadia Cakes, Daily Dose Cafe, JD Hoyt’s, Lord Fletcher’s)

Ever-changing flavor options hand-crafted daily

Hand-roasted and freshly brewed coffee

Baked-in-house pastries and treats from generations-old family recipes

Sebastian Joe’s on the web

Sebastian Joe’s on Facebook

#3 – Nelson’s Ice Cream

Locations in Stillwater and St. Paul

Family-owned and operated. Coming up on 100 years in operation!

Generous hand-scooped cones in dozens of flavors

Reliable resources say, “Get a small and you’ll still be full!”

Nelson’s Ice Cream on the web

Nelson’s Ice Cream on Facebook

#4 – Minnesota Nice Cream

Locations in NE Minneapolis and Stillwater and a traveling truck

Woman-owned business inspired by sweet childhood memories of summer

Creative and nostalgic soft-serve flavors

Bonus: There’s a brewery next door to quench your thirst!

Check out their Instagram page for their frozen works of edible art!

Minnesota Nice Cream on the web

Minnesota Nice Cream on Facebook

#5 – What’s the Scoop? 

Located in Buffalo

Family-owned and operated

Lots of flavors and allergy-friendly options, too

Cones, sundaes, shakes, floats, and hot dogs!

What’s the Scoop? on the web

What’s the Scoop? on Facebook

Honorable mentions (in no particular order):

#6 – Dairy Queen – Lots of local locations

Our experts say you can’t beat a Blizzard concoction or a classic soft-serve cone

#7 – Cup ‘n’ Cone in White Bear Lake

We have it on good authority that they also make great sandwiches!

#8 –  Milkjam Creamery in Minneapolis

#8b – Lil Jam, also in Minneapolis

#9 – Izzy’s Ice Cream – Minneapolis, St. Paul, Target Field, and in stores

Go with a waffle cone of Salted Caramel with an Izzy scoop of Mexican Chocolate. Trust us.

#10 – Grand Ole Creamery in Minneapolis and St. Paul

#11 – Crepe and Spoon in NE Minneapolis

Prefer vegan treats? Then this is your place!

#12 – Honey and Mackie’s in Plymouth

Get your salty-and-sweet fix ‘cause they also specialize in fries!

#13 – Adele’s Frozen Custard in Excelsior

#14 – La Michoacana Purepecha in Minneapolis

Traditional Mexican frozen treats and a variety of snacks. Also, tacos!

#15 – Sweet Science Ice Cream at Keg and Case Market in St. Paul

#16 – Cold Stone Creamery – Lots of local locations