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Jarlings Custard Cup

309 W Kirby Ave, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820
+1 217-352-2273
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Ranked #1 of 271 Restaurants in Champaign
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $2 - $6
Cuisines: American, Dessert, Ice Cream
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Late Night, Dessert
Description: 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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Roselle, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

The local hangout for cold treats to satisfy the taste buds. But it is VERY popular, expect long lines for these fresh-made treats, both inside and the drive-up.

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Greer, South Carolina
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75 reviews 75 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Lot of selections. Family oriented.Very busy. Don't expect to get in and out quickly. People seem to enjoy their time here. Place is packed inside, outside and drice thru. The custard to me is o.k.. It is good , but it does not stand out. I could not comprehend why all the fuss over this place. The only thing I... More

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Denver, Colorado
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

After being totally ignored for twenty minutes at Houlahans (adjacent to the I Hotel) on a slow Monday night trying to order a desert, we left and found Jarlings Custard. And, are we glad. It was a great way to spend a hot summer night in Champaign. My custard sunday was amazing. Highly recommend it if you're visiting campus, like... More

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Walnut Creek, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

I just had to review since I loved this place. Yeah, ice cream is good, but this place is super good. Only been there once, will stop back by next time I'm in town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Their lemon custard is divine! A creamy custard with notes of flavorful lemon . A worthwhile indulgence.

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Urbana, Illinois
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I take Jarlings for granted being a local but if you are just visiting the Champaign area and want some ice cream try Jarlings. They do not have hot fudge but the cold fudge is amazing and a favorite of mine. Prepare to wait the lines are usually long but move quickly. I recently discovered the Jarling's cakes and they... More

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Visited here with my daughter and her friends on a very busy summer Saturday night. After figuring out how the 3 lines to the windows worked, found out the wait was well worth the time it took. We all chose a different treat, and we each enjoyed our selection. Actually, standing in line gave us time to read the menu... More

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Bloomington, IN
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50 reviews 50 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I love custard of all kinds and, especially, frozen custard. I will go out of my way for a good custard treat. Fortunately, during my recent stay in Champaign, I did not have to travel far to find this gem. The Jarling Custard Cup was within walking distance of our hotel, but I didn't know about its fame until Friday... More

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94 reviews 94 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

It's a frosty treat that's like ice cream but... creamier? There are approximately two billion ways to make a "snowstorm" (just like a Dairy Queen blizzard). I was advised the lemon version was incredible, but when I ordered it, they were out of lemon. Curse you, Custard Gods! I went with a mint chocolate chip snowstorm and it was the... More

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Columbia, Missouri, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

The custard was very good but on a Friday night at 9:15 we waited almost half an hour. They have a really great selection of flavors. We would go back.

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