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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” (4 reviews)
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12:00 - 22:00All hours
309 W Kirby Ave, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820
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Reviewed 9 June 2017

We had not been for a long time but decided a treat was in order. I ordered an old fashioned soda but had it made with chocolate custard and it tasted just like I remembered from my youth. Their variety is amazing and everything I...More

Thank jodyt821
Reviewed 30 May 2017

This place is great!!!! Fantastic custard and a great family atmosphere. Fantastic place to stop after dinner with the family.

1  Thank mcervini
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Best ice cream in town! Snowstorms rock!!!!!! Try banana split snow storm, or their seasonal flavors.

1  Thank Sana G
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Always a line, always get thru quick,always order the same thing, always good!!! Next time I will order the phosphates!

Thank Roy D
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

A friend who is a world traveler told me that Jarling's makes the best frozen custard in the world. I tried it, and I cannot dispute my friend's conclusion. I recommend the cold fudge sundae; cold fudge stays soft and does not melt the ice...More

1  Thank Jean K
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

Everything tastes amazing, but you might have to wait quite a long time to order... and little bit more to get it! Tip: try the waffle basket with vanilla and chocolate ice cream topped with fudge!

Thank thaislimafc
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

Since 1998 when we left college we've been going back about 4 times annually to U-C with a mandatory stop at Jarling's. For the first time ever, we were disappointed. The ice cream had lost its silky taste and tasted more like grocery frozen yogurt,...More

Thank Tony S
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Delicious ice cream and custard with friendly service!!! Great family outing! When we got there , the line was out the door but it seem to go by fast with their great quick service!

1  Thank Mena L
Reviewed 9 April 2017

The place you want to go to relax and enjoy custard whether just a cone or a sundae. The homemade taste is great. It is always busy and even after the Jarling family decided to sell it and retire it was taken over by a...More

Thank jodyt821
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
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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, Child-friendly, 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
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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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