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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 270 Restaurants in Champaign
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $2 - $6
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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English first
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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8 reviews 8 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
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

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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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Stand in a long line to get your ice cream, then eat it in the parking lot. The ice cream is good, but maybe not quite that good.

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Lanark, Illinois
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Busy, but the custard is worth it! Quick service. Not much inside seating if it's chilly. More outdoor seating, but it was cool that night.

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Dallas, Texas
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We arrived at 10:01pm Saturday night to find the lighted ice cream was dark. Wow - the place was closed! We begged the guy cleaning outside to let us get some custard, as we were only visiting for the weekend. Nope. Came back Sunday after a picnic with friends, daughter needed to use the restroom. Nope, no restroom. So we... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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195 reviews 195 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Jarling's Custard Cup is always quite popular with a significant line, but it moves along. There is flavor of the week and some permanent flavors. We had the lemon and cinnamon (rotating flavor) custards. They were all right but not at the caliber of the frozen custard of Wisconsin. Perhaps the Snowstorms (like Dairy Queen Blizzards) might be tastier. If... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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605 reviews 605 reviews
340 restaurant reviews
400 helpful votes 400 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

You know something is wrong when TripAdvisor lists Jarling's Custard Cup as the No. 1 restaurant in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. It is the home of the University of Illinois. When I was attending the U. of I., Steak 'n Shake, Root's, Waffle House and a couple of all-night diners were the restaurants of choice. You get the message. Jarling's, founded by... More 

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Champaign, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great places to take your date, or family. Its A landmark here in Champaign,Il. Love the Lemon custard, its the best. Hate when winter comes then they close and have to wait with anticipation for it to open again...When you are here you must stop...Hope to see you there.

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Villa Grove, Illinois
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Not open all year round but when they are there they have long lines. Drive through takes awhile also. The lemon is to die for, my favorite. Not good since its close to my work. Out door seating is picnic tables.

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Additional Information about Jarlings Custard Cup

Address: 309 W Kirby Ave, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820
Phone Number: +1 217-352-2273
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Champaign-Urbana  >  Champaign
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 2 - 6
Cuisine: American, Dessert, Ice Cream

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