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“Favorite Local Custard Place” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jarling's

Jarling's
Ranked #1 of 11 Dessert in Champaign
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $6
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, 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.
Saint Louis, Missouri
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59 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Favorite Local Custard Place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

Jarling's is a local favorite, so there's usually a crowd, but the servers get people through quickly and efficiently. The seating is outdoors under the glow of their storefront lights, so you can enjoy a melty cone and not worry so much about the mess. A great place to go on a warm summer night

  • Visited June 2013
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Urbana, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“favourite with locals”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

This place is very old time. You order at the window and wait for your ice cream. There can be three windows open at a time so the lobby can get pretty full at times They have allergen info if you need it and recently non dairy items added. A large variety of flavours.

pick up a punch card and you get a free snowstorm after the 9th purchase. They are not open all year so check before you go and stock up.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Evanston, Illinois
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357 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Refreshing on a warm fall day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2013

The place has an old-school atmosphere. You read the menu on the wall, place the order by the window and then eat the custard at the outdoor patio. The custard is creamy and delicious. This is a good place to bring back childhood memories of having a frozen dessert on a sunny day.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Anne S
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Montrose, Colorado
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Yummy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

We now live in Colorado and everytime we come back we have to come several times over the weekend to Jarlings. Only made it twice this weekend but when I come back for class reunions with our daughters we come 3 or 4 times in ONE weekend!!

Visited September 2013
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Ottawa, Illinois
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28 reviews
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“Remember this custard from my childhood!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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