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309 W Kirby Ave, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820
+1 217-352-2273
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“frozen custard” (21 reviews)
“fudge” (18 reviews)
“banana split” (4 reviews)
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pmAll hours
309 W Kirby Ave, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely the best place to be on a hot summer evening. Lots of flavors, a drive through and of course picnic benches to sit on so the kids don't spill in the car

Thank Rosebud02
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really good ice cream treats at pretty hefty prices. You'll have to decide if the long lines are worth the wait. But if you ever go buy when there isn't a line, give it a try. Most locals adore the place.

Thank John F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I saw this place on the Big Ten Network as a place to get a good dessert. They were right, I had the peanut butter fudge shake. It was delightful but very expensive for the size I got.

Thank Princerman
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Stop by for a breeze. Enjoy a great treat. Just about all flavors are fantastic. The Cold fudge is off the charts. New ownership but little changed.

2  Thank Barry W
Reviewed 17 August 2017

The Custard Cup, as it is known by the locals, has been around as long as I can remember, and I am over sixty! The one in Champaign, the original being in Danville, Il., has been around for quite a long time it's self. Having...More

2  Thank Robert G
Reviewed 9 August 2017

A very friendly place with good service. The line moves quickly now with their new systems installed. A little pricey but the custard is to die for. My wife absolutely loves the lemon.

2  Thank David C
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

This place has some of the best ice cream I've had. You should try the Snowstorm Chocolate Chip Banana, it's my new favourite.

2  Thank Austin D
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

This is a great place with a family friendly atmosphere. Very good frozen custard with many flavors to choose from. I'd say the line outside the door was a good sign! Definitely worth checking out!!

1  Thank chipr68
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Craving something to cool us down, and wanted to get some Ice Cream/Custard. Looked for reviews, and Jarling's received high reviews. We gave it a shot, and happy we did. Special flavor was Georgia Peach, it was good with full of flavor. Also got vanilla...More

2  Thank GoButler99
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

We visited this place as someone else recommended this ice cream place. Old place but still very clean. The ownership changed from a family but they still have the same, delicious recipes. So many choices; all are so good. Price is very reasonable. Definitely worth...More

2  Thank tanveer08007
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USD 2 - USD 6
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
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Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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