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Chill Out With Soft Serve at These Metro Detroit Stands

These shops are serving swirly frozen treats for carryout

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It has officially gone from snowing in May to being hot as hell, and while there is a pandemic going on, metro Detroit seasonal soft serve stands are still trying to safely serve their customers swirly frozen treats. Here’s where to throw on your mask, wash your hands, and purchase soft serve and custard with ample sprinkles and candy shells for carryout.

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1. Huddle Soft Serve

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2 John R St
Detroit, MI 48226
(586) 850-0205
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Huddle has transitioned from delivery to walk-up window service for the season. Drop by the downtown shop for chocolate and vanilla swirls and custard slushes. Huddle also has an ice cream truck available for social distancing, drive-thru parties.

a white walk-up window for Huddle with red and yellow signs and menus Huddle [Courtesy photo]

2. For the Love of Sugar

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100 Erskine St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 788-7111
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Brush Park’s decadent cake shop For the Love of Sugar is selling pints of custard ice cream to-go out of its storefront. Find flavors here like Oreo cookies and cream, strawberry shortcake, and vegan vanilla bean.

3. SheWolf Pastificio & Bar

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438 Selden St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 315-3992
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There’s no glass dish treatment for the swirly gelato at SheWolf right now, but customers can still purchase pints of the restaurant’s silky smooth gelato to-go. Pints of gluten-free chocolate, pistachio, and lemon-ricotta gelato are available for pickup. Email the restaurant to place an order.

4. Cold Truth

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4240 Cass Ave suite 100
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 680-1199
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Vegan soft serve favorite Cold Truth is open for curbside service at its pint-sized Cass Corridor shop from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Find flavors here like tart Michigan cherry, coconut, lavender, and sweet cream with optional toppings like dark chocolate drizzle and blue moon drizzle. Pick up cones, cups, pints, and even ice cream sandwiches. There’s also a pint-it-forward option for customers who wish to donate ice cream to first responders.

5. Bob Jo's Frozen Custard

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4071 Quarry Rd
Wyandotte, MI 48192
(734) 282-6818
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Bob Jo’s Frozen Custard is encouraging customers to keep social distance and wear a mask when waiting in line. Drop in daily starting at noon for cool and creamy flavors like coconut custard and blueberry frozen yogurt. Pints and quarts are also available.

6. Custard Hut

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25947 W Warren St
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
(313) 278-5577
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Instagram darling Custard Hut is known for its waffle custard sandwiches. Swirls of frozen custard in flavors like lemon and raspberry are squished between fresh waffles. Customers can dress up their dessert with toppings like fresh sliced strawberries, sprinkles, and fruity pebbles. The whole thing is dusted in powdered sugar and wrapped in tin foil. There are plenty of good old fashioned ice cream cones, too. The shop is open for carryout. Vegan options are often available but customers should call ahead to confirm.

7. Commonwealth Cafe

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300 Hamilton Row
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 792-9766
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Commonwealth in Birmingham is open for takeout with lots of vegan and allergy-safe soft serve from Ice Cream Plant available. Choose from flavors like matcha, coffee, vanilla, or chocolate offered in cones and pints. Call ahead to place an order.

8. Golden Cone Frozen Custard & Ice Cream

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207 W 4th St
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 607-9060
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Golden Cone is open for carryout and walk-up window service only. The downtown Royal Oak ice cream shop serves a variety of Guernsey ice cream flavors as well as chocolate and vanilla custard. The stand can also be counted on for a swirl of non-dairy Dole soft serve.

9. Erma's Original Frozen Custard

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2080 E 14 Mile Rd
Warren, MI 48092
(586) 275-2447
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This metro Detroit trio of custard stands is accepting orders. Call ahead to your chosen location between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and arrange a time for curbside pickup. No walkup orders are being accepted at this time and the shops are not accepting cash. The flavors rotate weekly and include options like Traverse City Cherry Chip, cake batter, and creamy caramel.

10. Wally's Frozen Custard

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22501 Harper Ave
St Clair Shores, MI 48080
(586) 552-5038
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This St. Clair Shores custard stand is open for drive-thru service daily until 9 p.m. Customers can order cones topped with towers of key lime pie frozen yogurt and vegan strawberry Dole Whip. Add sprinkles for extra pizazz.

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1. Huddle Soft Serve

2 John R St, Detroit, MI 48226
a white walk-up window for Huddle with red and yellow signs and menus Huddle [Courtesy photo]

Huddle has transitioned from delivery to walk-up window service for the season. Drop by the downtown shop for chocolate and vanilla swirls and custard slushes. Huddle also has an ice cream truck available for social distancing, drive-thru parties.

2 John R St
Detroit, MI 48226

2. For the Love of Sugar

100 Erskine St, Detroit, MI 48201

Brush Park’s decadent cake shop For the Love of Sugar is selling pints of custard ice cream to-go out of its storefront. Find flavors here like Oreo cookies and cream, strawberry shortcake, and vegan vanilla bean.

100 Erskine St
Detroit, MI 48201

3. SheWolf Pastificio & Bar

438 Selden St, Detroit, MI 48201

There’s no glass dish treatment for the swirly gelato at SheWolf right now, but customers can still purchase pints of the restaurant’s silky smooth gelato to-go. Pints of gluten-free chocolate, pistachio, and lemon-ricotta gelato are available for pickup. Email the restaurant to place an order.

438 Selden St
Detroit, MI 48201

4. Cold Truth

4240 Cass Ave suite 100, Detroit, MI 48207

Vegan soft serve favorite Cold Truth is open for curbside service at its pint-sized Cass Corridor shop from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Find flavors here like tart Michigan cherry, coconut, lavender, and sweet cream with optional toppings like dark chocolate drizzle and blue moon drizzle. Pick up cones, cups, pints, and even ice cream sandwiches. There’s also a pint-it-forward option for customers who wish to donate ice cream to first responders.

4240 Cass Ave suite 100
Detroit, MI 48207

5. Bob Jo's Frozen Custard

4071 Quarry Rd, Wyandotte, MI 48192

Bob Jo’s Frozen Custard is encouraging customers to keep social distance and wear a mask when waiting in line. Drop in daily starting at noon for cool and creamy flavors like coconut custard and blueberry frozen yogurt. Pints and quarts are also available.

4071 Quarry Rd
Wyandotte, MI 48192

6. Custard Hut

25947 W Warren St, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

Instagram darling Custard Hut is known for its waffle custard sandwiches. Swirls of frozen custard in flavors like lemon and raspberry are squished between fresh waffles. Customers can dress up their dessert with toppings like fresh sliced strawberries, sprinkles, and fruity pebbles. The whole thing is dusted in powdered sugar and wrapped in tin foil. There are plenty of good old fashioned ice cream cones, too. The shop is open for carryout. Vegan options are often available but customers should call ahead to confirm.

25947 W Warren St
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

7. Commonwealth Cafe

300 Hamilton Row, Birmingham, MI 48009

Commonwealth in Birmingham is open for takeout with lots of vegan and allergy-safe soft serve from Ice Cream Plant available. Choose from flavors like matcha, coffee, vanilla, or chocolate offered in cones and pints. Call ahead to place an order.

300 Hamilton Row
Birmingham, MI 48009

8. Golden Cone Frozen Custard & Ice Cream

207 W 4th St, Royal Oak, MI 48067

Golden Cone is open for carryout and walk-up window service only. The downtown Royal Oak ice cream shop serves a variety of Guernsey ice cream flavors as well as chocolate and vanilla custard. The stand can also be counted on for a swirl of non-dairy Dole soft serve.

207 W 4th St
Royal Oak, MI 48067

9. Erma's Original Frozen Custard

2080 E 14 Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48092

This metro Detroit trio of custard stands is accepting orders. Call ahead to your chosen location between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and arrange a time for curbside pickup. No walkup orders are being accepted at this time and the shops are not accepting cash. The flavors rotate weekly and include options like Traverse City Cherry Chip, cake batter, and creamy caramel.

2080 E 14 Mile Rd
Warren, MI 48092

10. Wally's Frozen Custard

22501 Harper Ave, St Clair Shores, MI 48080

This St. Clair Shores custard stand is open for drive-thru service daily until 9 p.m. Customers can order cones topped with towers of key lime pie frozen yogurt and vegan strawberry Dole Whip. Add sprinkles for extra pizazz.

22501 Harper Ave
St Clair Shores, MI 48080

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