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“I've always gotten the rocky road but I should really give the rest a chance” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Jarlings Custard Cup

Jarlings Custard Cup
309 W Kirby Ave, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820
+1 217-352-2273
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Ranked #1 of 7 Ice Cream in Champaign
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $2 - $6
Cuisines: American, Dessert, Ice Cream
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Dining options: Dessert, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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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“I've always gotten the rocky road but I should really give the rest a chance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2009

I've always gotten the rocky road but I should really give the rest a chance

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“Revived my memories from the 60's”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2009

Dairy Queen - yuk! Jarlings - perfect night out for some delicious treats! Freshly made frozen custard is being produced and the scoopers are running when the customers came through on this warm summer night! Nothing is perfect behind the counter but everything is just right for me! Just like the old days of REAL PEOPLE - REAL FOOD!

The workers here are very friendly and - believe it or not - they care about making something nice for the guests. Not because they were trained the franchise way - it's because it is a fun way to spend their summer with friends working and making a bit of money. Having worked for years in an old fashioned ice cream parlor - the spirit of these teenagers reminded me of - ME! What a joy in this technological world where personal everything seems mass produced with without meaning!

As to the custard - they have a whole bunch of items that can be mixed in to make your treat just for you. My son had a banana split snow storm and I had a turtle sundae. Each was made by a young man who took pride in his work. I gave him a dollar tip - he deserved more. GO FOR YOURSELF - WATCH AND ENJOY. MMMMMMMMM.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Delicious custard.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2009

Delicious custard.

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“Custadelicious! Just DON'T buy a gift card...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2008

Six wonderfully fresh made daily flavors, in this unique to the area custard shop, the history explains the UofI connection.

My biggest complaint is the gift certificates that expire. I am so disgusted, that I haven't been back. I had a gift cert. I bought in Nov. (bought more than $50 worth) for xmas gifts. The cert. expired on Jun 30 and we were there a week late. They would not honor it. Why would there be a expiration date to begin with (I didn't realize this) when the busines is CLOSED from late November to March????

This business should keep in mind that many patrons come from the vast surrounding areas and don't make it to this hard to reach location every trip. I highly recommend another small shop on North Neil Street!

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