The Great Cincinnati Creamy Whip Road Trip

Is it truly summer in the Midwest without a trip to the local creamy whip?

Is it truly summer in the Midwest without a trip to the local creamy whip? Lucky for us, the Queen City’s home to almost too many to count. Pack up the kids, hit the road, and let us be your guide. Can you visit them all before the season ends?

Illustration by Emi Villavicencio

1. The Bold Face Dairy Bar

Feeling fancy? The Bold Face’s decadent namesake cone is topped with a 23 karat gold leaf. 801 Mt. Hope Ave., Suite B, East Price Hill

2. Cone Zone

Find such creative concoctions as “slush puppies” and fried ice cream sundaes at this soft serve spot (with a drive-through!) in the heart of the west side. 4101 Harrison Ave., Cheviot

3. Dairy Corner

Just a few minutes removed from the Little Miami bike trail, this east side classic offers a dizzying array of options, including several flavors of its classic dipped cones. 3501 Church St., Newtown

4. Don’s Creamy Whip

This family-owned walk-up has been serving up soft serve and backyard summer classics since 1976. 1522 Market St., Reading

5. Flub’s Dari-ette

This Butler County favorite’s claim to fame, a vanilla whip swirled with specialty toppings known as the Cyclone, comes in 44 creative varieties. 981 Eaton Ave., Hamilton

6. General Custer’s Golf & Gulp

Soft serve and all-you-can-play mini golf? Sounds like you’ve got date night in the bag. 3325 Westbourne Dr., Western Hills

7. Loveland Dairy Whip

You’re almost guaranteed to catch the mobile version (a.k.a. the miniLDW) of this Loveland favorite traversing the east-side festival circuit this summer. 611 W. Loveland Ave., Loveland

8. Mt. Washington Creamy Whip

This retro-quirky, family-owned neighborhood staple sticks to the classics. Did we mention it doubles as a bakery? 2069 Beechmont Ave., Mt. Washington

9. Norwood Delite Creamy Whip

Fans of this neighborhood favorite swear its blueberry cone could give Kings Island’s iconic blue ice cream a run for its money. We’ll let you be the judge. 4490 Forest Ave., Norwood

10. Putz’s Creamy Whip

The Cincinnati summer staple swears by the magic of its 67-year-old Electro-Freeze soft serve machine. 2673 Putz Pl., Westwood

11. Sharky’s Eats & Treats

Those south of the river can just follow the roof-mounted shark to this classic summer concession-stand-slash-creamy-whip. 9924 Alexandria Pke., Alexandria

12. Sprinkles Creamy Whip

With 21 flavors of soft serve, this west side creamy whip sticks to the basics. Looking to branch out? Four words: doughnut ice cream sandwich. You can thank us later. 500 N. Miami Ave., Cleves

13. Tucker’s Whippy Dip

The kid-favorite animal cones make this Mason creamy whip a summer destination for families from all around. 127 E. Main St., Mason

14. Walker Bros. Ice Cream

This sunny slice of summer, tucked neatly into Montgomery’s Heritage District, boasts plenty of shaded outdoor seating and creative treats. 9425 Montgomery Rd., Montgomery

15. Zip Dip

Just follow the neon lights to this iconic window-serve parlor, which has been serving up frozen classics since 1950. 4050 Drew Ave., Bridgetown North

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