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“Remember this custard from my childhood!”
Review of Jarling's

Jarling's
Ranked #1 of 12 Dessert in Champaign
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $6
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating
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.
Reviewed September 3, 2013

I remember visiting my uncle and going to Jarlings Custard Cup as a child. I'm an adult now and it was just as delicious as I remember! I got the Banana Cream Pie Snowstorm and it tasted better than a blizzard from dairy queen! My other family members got Root beer floats and they said that they tasted delicious as well.

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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Always a delicious summer treat when we go down to visit family in Champaign. No matter what you choose, you can't go wrong with many delicious made-to-order frozen custard treats. It's a popular place, and even with 3 lines, be prepared for a wait. But it's well worth it!

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Reviewed August 11, 2013

This place was excellent. The cold fudge sundae was amazing and my friends had shakes that were very good as well. highly suggest you check this place out.

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Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

Had a lot of custard and this is probably the best. Our server seemed overworked and wish they had bathrooms, but great eats!

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Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

The custard is rich, creamy, and delicious, with the best being their cold fudge sundae. Wish it were more reasonably priced, especially when you have a whole family to treat. Most of the seating is outside on picnic tables. Seems like they could renovate a little and make the atmosphere more attractive, but the custard is the real draw, and people go there, even though the place is quite outdated. Just an FYI...it is closed in the winter.

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