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309 W Kirby Ave, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820-7207
+1 217-352-2273
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“frozen custard” (25 reviews)
“fudge” (18 reviews)
“banana split” (5 reviews)
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12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
309 W Kirby Ave, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820-7207
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Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Jarling’s has been in Champaign long enough to earn the title “icon”, and it’s well deserved. In addition to the regular (very long) list of flavors, there is also the weekly special flavor. Service is always friendly, and even though it may seem like a...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank tmvaughn1
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

I love this place. Flavors by themselves or mixed in a concoction...it is all good. My favorite is lemon in a bowl.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank enufovus
Reviewed September 8, 2018

Good local frozen custard. Generous servings and wide menu for frozen custard ranging from simple frozen custard to Snowstorms (their version of the DQ Blizzard or Culver's Concrete Mix). Tasty and smooth - wouldn't say it's the best custard I've had, but is certainly quite...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank M M
Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

I’m not really a fan of ice cream. I might have the odd taste of Ben and Jerry’s but as the family took us out we opted for the Banana split. It was absolutely delicious. Best I’ve tasted. Happy customer from the UK.

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank ikadri123
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Lots of towns have their landmark ice cream shops, but we make it a practice to find the best local shops as we travel the world and have found none better than the Custard Cup. An opinion that is validated by the lines just about...More

Date of visit: June 2018
1  Thank IN_Travelers47906
Reviewed June 18, 2018

We love coming here for frozen custard. It is rich and smooth. Many flavors to choose from, toppings too, if you like. We enjoy sitting outside at the tables to eat and relax. Keep coming back year after year.

Date of visit: June 2018
2  Thank LWMiller
Reviewed June 1, 2018

Terrific. Retro. Really Nice People. And fantastic flavors and atmosphere. I got to buy everyone in my group cones and sundaes!

Date of visit: May 2018
2  Thank fogePortland_ME
Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

So, having an egg allergy, I wasn't sure that I would be able to get anything here to enjoy. However, after reading the website, and the generously supplied allergen facts, you actually find that even though it's called custard--there are NO EGGS! However, if you...More

Date of visit: April 2018
2  Thank queendork76
Reviewed April 12, 2018

I went there for the first time and had the vanilla custard in a bowl. It was like soft serve ice cream only a little better. There was a little bit of a wait as they make each order individually. It was a nice refresher...More

Date of visit: April 2018
1  Thank mjb6517
Reviewed April 3, 2018

Best custard I have had hands down, (though I haven't had a ton of it). It was delicious and the retro/original building was the best. I felt like I was traveling back in time to my childhood.

Date of visit: March 2018
2  Thank Seth H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
$2 - $6
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Families with children
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
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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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