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Ranison Ice Cream & Candy

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706 16th St S, La Crosse, WI 54601-4901
608-782-1987
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10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • 16
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Wonderful ice cream

This is a little neighborhood store that features home-made ice cream and candies, along with retro candies. Their ice cream is fabulous - I think better than the Pearl. I have had the blueberry cheesecake (not too sweet) as well as blueberry swirl, one of their best sellers. Go there any... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
Nancy5940
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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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250 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I have the devil mint ice cream. The texture and consistency of the ice cream wasn't my preference and the mint flavor was almost too overpowering. The staff were very friendly. However, I would go to the Pearl over Ranison.

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Thank nursetraveler87
Onalaska, Wisconsin
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50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This is a little neighborhood store that features home-made ice cream and candies, along with retro candies. Their ice cream is fabulous - I think better than the Pearl. I have had the blueberry cheesecake (not too sweet) as well as blueberry swirl, one of their best sellers. Go there any afternoon/evening in the summer and it is packed with... More 

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Thank Nancy5940
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Perfect ice cream, great neighborhood location, nice people. Get the New York Vanilla! They also sell chocolates and candies.

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Thank David B
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I love this little place. The ice cream is delicious and I love the handmade chocolates and things! We love to stop in the evenings and head to the park a block away.

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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251 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

My wife and I argue about which is better, Ranisons or the Pearl. I think Ranisons has great ice cream. The have a unique decor of a small town ice cream shop (not the Mayberry 1950s style like the Pearl, but that of a real small town Wisconsin ice cream shop). It is much cheaper than the Pearl as well.... More 

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Thank Richard M
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I just stopped by and picked up a couple of pints of ice cream to take home. I opted for the caramel swirl and a cranberry. The first one I tried was the caramel swirl and the only problem was, no caramel and no swirl. It was just vanilla with minuscule globs of what I assumed were caramel. I couldn't... More 

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Thank Kurt B
La Crosse
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This place is a small town ice cream place. Its a bit of a throwback and boarder line dive. But that is part of the appeal. They make their own ice cream and its wonderful. Lots of fun flavors to try and they rotate them in and out. So you don't get bored. Make their own chocolates also. 1919 root... More 

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Thank waldo5310
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The ice cream flavors are unique and taste great! Some of our favorites are the Blue Moon and the Red Velvet. Ranison's also has really good candy. A neighborhood ice cream shop is a treasure and Ranison's is a rare find!

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Thank Lisa C
La Crosse, WI
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97 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

The store is small and full of nostalgic candy and sodas, which is interesting to look at when waiting in line for ice cream. As for the ice cream itself, it's average and really nothing too special.

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Thank jennelliott14
Appleton, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Ranison always has tons of flavor options; some that you'd have a difficult time finding anywhere else. The prices are amazing and you can get any combination in a shake or even half and half in a pint if you can't decide. The employees are friendly and kind, often helping children figure out what they can get with the change... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 706 16th St S, La Crosse, WI 54601-4901
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  La Crosse
  • Phone Number: 608-782-1987

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?