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Jarling's

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309 W Kirby Ave, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820-7207
+1 217-352-2273
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ownership has changed but not the quality of the custard! This is a popular place with the locals. Expect to wait just a few minutes.

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Thank LoloBonA
Indianapolis
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were visiting from out of state and saw this little custard shop. Stopped by and grabbed a couple snowstorms. They were delicious. The had so many toppings blended into them. The price was really cheap.

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Thank Derbster56
Champaign, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Smooth, creamy, frozen custard in a locally owned business. My chocolate custard was just perfect. It was a very hot day and the line was long, but it moved quickly.

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Thank TamuSabby
DeKalb, IL
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61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

Creamy and smooth frozen custard. Busy as usual, but worth the wait. Reasonably priced. Good size portions.

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Thank MarcJohnson
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Go. Get ice cream. Be happy. Smile. Get the cold fudge sundae. It's the best thing ever. New flavors each week.

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Thank supapfunk
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

You know the ice cream - or frozen custard - is really good when you see a place like this busy all of the time. I was visiting Champaign for business and could see them from my hotel window. I got bored one night and walked over - glad I did! Their frozen custard is smooth and rich without being... More 

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Thank Eric M
Tyler, Texas
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

I judge all other frozen custards on this place. It is the first place I ever had frozen custard and it is the best I have ever had. No summer trip to Illinois is complete without it.

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Thank 903amym05
Champaign, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

The lines are long, but expected. They have a great selection of custard. Jarling's is definitely a summer staple in town and is THE place to go for a cool treat.

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Thank sunnyj81
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Wow there were huge lines today but they are well staffed and it moved quickly. The custard was good but be warned it's extremely rich I'd definitely get a smaller size next time.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$2 - $6
Cuisine
American
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
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
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
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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