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309 W Kirby Ave, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820
+1 217-352-2273
12:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped for a quick ice cream because the weather was unseasonably warm. The staff was very helpful. I had the cold fudge (which is listed as their specialty) and marshmallow sundae. Very delicious!

1 Thank Kathy F
Chesterfield, Missouri
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254 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Several of us ordered different flavors of snowstorms. It was great to see all the choices. We all left happy. There is a small seating area inside for bad weather.

1 Thank joe-chicago-23
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered the Jr. Cement mixers: Twix flavor and also a coffee Oreo cookie flavor. The 'Jr.' Is 12-oz.! It was BIG! Both flavors were yummy. The service was fast and friendly. Our bill was just under $8. We were able to sit in the side room on a bench while we ate. I bet the summertime this place is... More 

2 Thank SmokeyBlueTulle
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is strictly a custard shop. But it's the best custard I've ever tasted. They have special flavors periodically and make delicious custard shakes. They have updated their equipment and payment procedure to make the long lines shorter in peak season.

2 Thank Linda R
Dubuque, IIA
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

When I'm backing C-U always want to experience Jarling's Orange and Lemon Custard - Yum Yum. - It is a true treat.

2 Thank Susan T
Lafayette, Indiana
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Yum! Stopped in for a single scoop of custard to satisfy my sweet tooth. I was visiting from out of town and this was my first visit. The staff was very helpful and super excited to introduce me to all of their different flavors. I had so many great samples (cappuccino, pumpkin pie)! Great customer service and great custard.

1 Thank mmccandl
Peoria, Illinois
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86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

I learned about Jarling's the same way I learned about Papa Del's,..through the Big Ten Network show, Campus Eats. I love the story behind this local legendary ice cream shop. I have never seen so many ice cream, malt, shake, sundae or cake options all under one roof. After debating between a classic sundae or a snowstorm(which is a mix... More 

1 Thank Fai M
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

I first discovered Jarlings in Danville on North Vermillion in the 1970's when I started spending every Thursday calling on clients there. It is a homemade (prepared in small batches)frozen custard. My favorite is still the original refreshing lemon custard. I am so happy that this place was recently purchased by a local consortium which includes past basketball and football... More 

1 Thank newarknancy
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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14 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

I went to Jarling's because all of my friends recommended it. The ice cream is good but for me it is not worth the wait. We stayed in line for around 30 minutes to get our cup. Also the choices are kind of limited for those who love fruit flavors such as mango for example.

Thank drahmeh
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Came in to have some of the classic Jarlings custard, thought I'd give the weekly flavor (Mango.. or was it Cinnamon Spice?) a try. Cashier was a bit rude in letting us know that they didn't have any, because the flavor of the week was something else entirely. I tried to let her know that all the digital displays were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$6
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 309 W Kirby Ave, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Champaign-Urbana  >  Champaign
  • Phone Number: +1 217-352-2273
Custard Cup was first started in 1949. It was originally opened by George and Helen Potter at 2507 N. Vermilion St. in Danville, IL. There they started selling the Custard that Mr. Potter had developed a recipe for. Business started slow, and it was not uncommon to see George and Helen sitting out back playing cards while they waited for customers to come in. The Potter’s also created our signature Cold Fudge, to solve the problem of Custard melting when hot fudge was put on it. They owned the business for 20 years and then decided that they were ready to retire. The Potter’s had no children, so they sold “The Cup” to the Wilmer and Dorotha Jarling in 1969.Mr. and Mrs. Jarling watched as the number of customers grew, after school, after church on Sundays, and on the weekends it started turning into “the place” to go on a weekend night for a treat. As it grew, the Jarling’s made some changes to the business, such as adding cash registers and an extra two windows in 1980.Another change the Jarling’s made to the business was expanding the menu. Originally only three flavors of custard were available; Vanilla, Chocolate, and Lemon. Strawberry was added, and later so was Orange. They sold the classic soda shop favorites like Sundaes, Old Fashioned Sodas, Shakes and Malts. Also other menu items began to develop, such as Banana Splits, and Custard Sandwiches.Wilmer and Dorotha Jarling retired in the early 1980’s to have time to enjoy hobbies and travel. After a two year battle with cancer, Dorotha Jarling passed away in 1995. Wilmer Jarling passed on in 2002 at age 85. The Danville Custard Cup is now owned by their children; Doug Jarling, Larry Jarling, Nancy Smart, and grandchild Rodney Smart. On April 28, 1983 Jarling’s Custard Cup opened its doors at 309 W. Kirby Ave. in Champaign. It was opened by Doug and Christy Jarling, who had worked and helped to manage the Danville store for several years. The Champaign location featured the same products as the Danville store, as well as new creations like frozen pies, and The Snowstorm. In 1993, Doug and Christy Jarling purchased the secret recipe from Wilmer and Dorotha. Since then both locations have continued to change their menus slightly, keeping the favorite treats and working to add new creations from what they've heard from their customers.

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