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Jarlings Custard Cup

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American, Dessert, Ice Cream
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309 W Kirby Ave, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820
+1 217-352-2273
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3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Takeout, Dessert
Description: Custard Cup was first started in 1949. It was originally opened by George...
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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Good for:
Outdoor seating

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  • 55
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fun place to visit with friends

Awesome place with great custard. Hurry to enjoy this year since we heard it is for sale after this season.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Tazwetzel
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Champaign, Illinois
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  • Outdoor seating
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Lake Zurich, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

The staff were great, and the custard was good. The only public restroom is across the street at the grocery store.

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Champaign, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Awesome place with great custard. Hurry to enjoy this year since we heard it is for sale after this season.

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

This place is nothing short of original. Run by mostly local teenagers and college kids, it is (and always has been) a lively, fun, flavorful common ground for families and friends of all ages. Champaign wouldn't be complete without this staple. Don't miss out!

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Urbana, Illinois
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The food is great and a service to match. A family tradition for the summer months. Great outside atmosphere.

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Illinois City, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We stop at Jarlings Custard Cup whenever we are in town and there's always a line. Don't let that turn you off - it means it's worth the wait! And it sooo is. The custard is so good and there a ton of different flavors and options (cone, cup, "snowstorm", etc.). The cold fudge is to-die-for. Don't miss Jarlings if... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Similar to a popular ice cream chain, this custard shop has a large variety of custard and frozen creations with a large number of mixins available. There's usually a fast-moving line out the door. On my last visit I saw a couple who must like the place quite a bit, because they stopped by immediately after their wedding reception still... More 

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Winthrop Harbor, Illinois, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

already got the punch card to start eating there as much as possible. Yummy concotions and friendly servers. Will be back.

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Oakwood,Illinois
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49 reviews 49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Old school frozen custard in more flavors than I can recall. Lemon is a favorite of my family and chocolate is always a hit. Pumpkin is offered in the Fall. Green River soda is another favorite. There are always lines here but it's worth the wait.

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Champaign, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This place is often very busy, which is testament to the tastiness of the custard. They have a huge variety of flavors for their snowstorms. Mixing berries and chunks of the plethora of ingredients into each of the individual servings is what makes this place a real treat, unlike other establishments that just use syrup. I've visited many times and... More 

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Champaign, Illinois
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This this is your typical custard style café. The custard seems homemade and is very good. Sometimes the way can be a little long, but it is always well worth the wait. Give it a try for sure!

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 6
  • Cuisine: American, Dessert, Ice Cream

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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