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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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309 W Kirby Ave, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

The custard is creamy and when mixed with your favorite flavor makes it incredible. I love the peanut butter snowstorm. I was disappointed since they changed the chunky peanut butter to creamy because I love to have a little crunch. Next time I will just...More

Thank Hunter H
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Jarling's is a gem of Champaign-Urbana. Every townie knows it and students pack into cars to visit. The picnic benches out front with the music playing are a great way to visit with friends and family while enjoying the wonderful weather. If you don't like...More

1  Thank biogirltraveling
Reviewed 28 March 2017

I had a caramel sundae with pecans and whipped cream. It was awesome! I was with 4 friends and everyone loved what they got. It's a must-stop place in Champaign.

1  Thank WestAtHeart
Reviewed 18 February 2017 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
Reviewed 12 February 2017 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
Reviewed 5 February 2017 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...More

1  Thank SmokeyBlueTulle
Reviewed 2 February 2017

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.

1  Thank Linda R
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.

1  Thank Susan T
Reviewed 15 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...More

1  Thank mmccandl
Reviewed 10 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...More

1  Thank Fai M
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
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
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
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12:00 - 22:00
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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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