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309 W Kirby Ave, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820-7207
+1 217-352-2273
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Lafayette, Indiana
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yum! Stopped in for a single scoop of custard to satisfy my sweet tooth. I was visiting from out of town and this was my first visit. The staff was very helpful and super excited to introduce me to all of their different flavors. I had so many great samples (cappuccino, pumpkin pie)! Great customer service and great custard.

Peoria, Illinois
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103 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I learned about Jarling's the same way I learned about Papa Del's,..through the Big Ten Network show, Campus Eats. I love the story behind this local legendary ice cream shop. I have never seen so many ice cream, malt, shake, sundae or cake options all under one roof. After debating between a classic sundae or a snowstorm(which is a mix... More 

Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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82 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

I first discovered Jarlings in Danville on North Vermillion in the 1970's when I started spending every Thursday calling on clients there. It is a homemade (prepared in small batches)frozen custard. My favorite is still the original refreshing lemon custard. I am so happy that this place was recently purchased by a local consortium which includes past basketball and football... More 

Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

I went to Jarling's because all of my friends recommended it. The ice cream is good but for me it is not worth the wait. We stayed in line for around 30 minutes to get our cup. Also the choices are kind of limited for those who love fruit flavors such as mango for example.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

Came in to have some of the classic Jarlings custard, thought I'd give the weekly flavor (Mango.. or was it Cinnamon Spice?) a try. Cashier was a bit rude in letting us know that they didn't have any, because the flavor of the week was something else entirely. I tried to let her know that all the digital displays were... More 

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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Go here all of the time. It is a place only any local knows about. It is so popular, former Illinois coaches and alum now own the business. Doesn't get any better than this. Close to University of Illinois.

Los Angeles, California
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41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

you really missed Champaign. Always a line, always worth the wait...personal favorite, Hawaiin with cold chocolate...flavor can't be beat. Don't let the line stop you, moves fast enough, and gives you time to decide on one of the hundred or so flavors offered!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

If you're in Champaign or close by. Don't pass up a visit to Jarring! Best treat you could give yourself! Choose anything they have to offer....everything is DELISH! My favorite....the cold fudge sundae

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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

A classic in the U-C area. Huge menu of every dairy preparation; long lines so you have time to figure out your selection. Reasonable prices. No indoor seating; outdoor picnic tables, or a nice park to check out across the street.

Chicago, Illinois
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148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

A great throwback to a simpler time when every town had a place like the Custard Cup and summer evenings, and after the ballgame meant stopping in for a cone or a sundae. An easy walk from our hotel this was a great dessert and chance to sit outside and enjoy the cool late summer evening. Staff were pleasant and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$2 - $6
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 309 W Kirby Ave, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820-7207
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Champaign-Urbana  >  Champaign
  • Phone Number: +1 217-352-2273
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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