Happy National Ice Cream Day! Favorite Ice Cream Places Around Columbia (+ Freebies!)

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You may not realize this but July is National Ice Cream month. A whole month to celebrate the cold drippy goodness that is ice cream! 

In an effort to bring you, our valued readers, a list of some of the best ice cream spots in our fair city, I made the HUGE sacrifice of testing out some places around town. It was rough, let me tell you. So rough. But my waistline and I muddled through just for you. 

So here it is.

Oh, and be sure to check the bottom of this post for places you can get free or great deals for National Ice Cream Day on July 19!

Sweet Cream Company

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First, let me just say that this place is so stinking cute! I love the setup. It’s a small quaint little shop on Main Street just a few steps away from the Nickelodeon. When I stepped into this shop and saw the ice cream flavors, I knew I was in for a real treat.

Sweet Cream Co. offers unique flavors like Earl Gray, Lemon Poppyseed, Cherry Coke, and Whiskey Pecan. They also have a variety of delicious sorbet flavors including honey lemon ginger and strawberry basil (with local strawberries from Cottle Farms!).

I sampled both Earl Gray and Lemon Poppyseed. Besides having the most amazingly rich flavors, it was also the creamiest, smoothest ice cream I have ever had! So, next time you’re on Main Street, be sure to stop at Sweet Cream Co. for an ice cream experience like none other!

**Note** Sweet Cream Co. sells pints of ice cream as well! You can take your favorite flavors home with you. 

The Baked Bear

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Located in Five Points, this magical ice cream store allows you to make a dream-worthy ice cream sandwich.

You can choose from a variety of cookie flavors or brownies (or you can even do one of each!) and then you choose your ice cream flavor. They also have toppings, if you want to add a little something extra. Then, it’s all put together in one large yummy sandwich. They’ll even warm the cookies up if you want.

Anyone else drooling right now? If you don’t want an ice cream sandwich, don’t worry, they’ve also got cones and brownie bowls. You can’t go wrong at The Baked Bear!

Sweet Pea’s Ice Cream and Cafe

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Sweet Pea’s is a cute little place tucked away in downtown Blythewood serving up some yummy goodness. They Proudly serve Hershey’s ice cream and offer a variety of super fun flavors your kids will love!

My son especially enjoyed the Crazy Cookie Dough flavor (colorful cookie dough ice cream!). Here you’ll also find fun ice cream inventions like ice cream nachos and the Awful Waffle (ice cream) Taco. Mmmmmmm!

As a bonus, Sweet Pea’s sells pints of Columbia born Epworth ice cream (all proceeds from pints go to support the Epworth Children’s Home). Not only do they serve up delicious ice cream, but Sweet Pea’s also offers a variety of café foods like sandwiches, wraps, hot dogs, and soft pretzels. 

Manny’s Shaved Ice

My youngest with his ice cream and my oldest with his shaved ice and Mexican Wagon Wheels. Something for everyone!

I saved this one for last because while they do offer ice cream, their specialty is actually shaved ice. But, shaved ice is also a delicious summertime treat, so I decided to include Manny’s on my list. Trust me. You’re gonna thank me.

Located in a small plaza on Augusta Road in West Columbia, Manny’s Shaved Ice offers 60 different shaved ice flavors. Flavors vary from Classic/Natural (cherry, bubble gum, strawberry, etc.) to Mixed (Mango Strawberry, Berry Lime, Pina Berry, etc.) to Creamy (Vanilla ‘n cream, Coconut, Chocolate, etc.) to Spicy (Mango Diablo, Chamoyada Tamarind, Pina Diablo, etc.). I tried the Guava Mango flavor. It was amazing! It even had small chunks of mango in it.

Manny’s also offers Frapps and Milkshakes (more ice cream!), plus a variety of traditional Hispanic snacks and treats (Flavored corn, Corn bowls, and Mexican Wagon Wheels). A crazy bonus to this place is that it’s super cheap! Shaved ice prices start at just $2 and go up to just $4. Manny’s is a place you MUST check out! 

Now that I’ve given you the low down on some outstanding ice cream joints around Columbia, let’s get to the deals for National Ice Cream Day (July 19).

National Ice Cream Day Free Deals (July 19)

Baskin-Robbins

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with a FREE SCOOP on orders $15+ through DoorDash – and enjoy a $0 delivery fee on orders $15+ all month long in July. Use promo code BASKINSCOOP on DoorDash.com or in the DoorDash app to redeem! Offer valid for one (1) free scoop of ice cream while supplies last. Valid through 7/19 at participating locations.

Burger King

Find several offers on the BK app including two Oreo cookie shakes for $5. Learn more at www.bk.com/offers.

Chicken Butt Donuts

Come for Donuts in the morning, but starting at noon, come get a FREE SCOOP on us, or indulge in the famous Chickenbutt Chiller, or a cool donut sundae! They close at 4 p.m., so don’t let time get away from you!

Cold Stone Creamery

If you sign up for My Cold Stone Club Rewards, you’ll get a coupon for a BOGO Creation. Through July 23, get a buy-one-get-one free Creation when you purchase a Creation online with a promo code. To get this deal, place an order online, log into your My Cold Stone Club Rewards account at check out and enter the code ICECREAM. 

DoorDash

The on-demand delivery company has several deals at convenience retailers through Sunday with code ICECREAM5OFF. Participating retailers include: CVS, Walgreens, 7-Eleven, Wawa, Casey’s, Hasty Market, Circle K, Everyday Essentials Corner Store, GetGo, Speedway, Market On Demand, Royal Farms, Holiday Stationstore, Fast Mart, ExtraMile, Fresh Thyme and Smart & Final. 

Fresh Market

The grocery store chain has select varieties of Graeter’s Ice Cream on sale for $4.99 and pints of Coolhaus are on sale for two for $8.

Insomnia Cookies

Get a buy-one-get-one free deal on the chain’s new Monster’wiches Sunday. The company said in a tweet that its Cookie’wich is buy-one-get-one free Saturday and Sunday.

Marble Slab Creamery

Download the Marble Slab app for some great deals and free ice cream! Once you sign up you’ll get a $5 reward after your first purchase. Earn one point for every $1 you spend and $5 off for every 50 points you earn. Enjoy sweet treats and rewards during special holidays, birthdays and more. 

Sonic 

Sonic is offering a half-priced Oreo Blast when you place your order through the app.

Whole Foods Market

Amazon Prime members get 35% off all ice cream and frozen treats through Tuesday at Whole Foods. Also look for rebates on the Ibotta app from Bubbies for its mochi ice cream and other brands.

Happy National Ice Cream Day! Where is your favorite place around town to grab this cold treat?

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