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309 W Kirby Ave, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820
+1 217-352-2273
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“fudge” (17 reviews)
“banana split” (3 reviews)
Closes in 15 min
12:00 - 22:00All hours
309 W Kirby Ave, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820
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Reviewed 22 May 2016

My now-ex wife and I went to Jarling's many times while I went to law school in Champaign. I stop in here every once in a while when traveling in the area. The custard is really good. Seems a bit pricey, though. The dozens and...More

Thank TheHoff44
Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

Just stopped in to try this as I was on business in Champaign, IL. Tried cold fudge (their signature item) on a sundae with strawberries & pecans. Very good. Not spectacular, but they do a good job.

Thank STLMoose1205
Reviewed 15 May 2016

I stood in line for 20 minutes and watched two families cut in front of everyone because they knew someone. Ended up leaving out of frustration. The new owners need to take a course on process management or hire on someone who is an expert...More

Thank Ian Z
Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

You should definitely get ice cream here. Its the best. Get a snowstorm ❄. There's usually a line but it moves quickly. Plan on waiting about 20 min in line.

Thank Lindsey S
Reviewed 23 March 2016

We love this custard, it's the very best. We like it frozen and try to always have some in the freezer. On those hot summer nights, the lines are long, prepare to wait a while.

Thank illini61
Reviewed 16 November 2015

I found out I was allergic to custard as did my husband. Needless to say it gave both of us a bad reaction.

Thank Leah B
Reviewed 26 October 2015 via mobile

High price for mediocre quality. Random hours when open not necessarily as posted. Recommended for those who are more in love with nostalgia than quality.

Thank Toureasy
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Love this place....The cold fudge sundaes are incredible. A must visit when in Champaign. The new owners have continued the delicious tradition.

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 2 September 2015 via mobile

It can be crowded in the evening, but worth the wait!! Love their Tortoise Blizzard! It contains their famous cold fudge. Their fresh custard is made daily. In fact, you can see it being made throughout the day while waiting in line!

Thank CKleiss
Reviewed 1 September 2015

My wife loves the Custard Cup in Champaign, IL. This place is normally busy and you have to wait. Don't even try the drive thru on a busy night. Last night we went thru the drive thru and it took 55 min. to get to...More

Thank Kent M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$2 - US$6
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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
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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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