Why You Should Try Heyn’s Ice Cream in Iowa City

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Don’t get me wrong, we love Culver’s, but in this age of frozen custard we love to find an actual ice cream shop! The simplicity of the taste, the complexity of the flavors, and the explosion of taste on our tongues. Now, we aren’t talking about soft serve here – but simply darned good ice cream. Here is why Heyn’s Ice Cream is a Must Visit in Iowa City!

Heyn's Ice Cream is a Must Visit in Iowa City

Since 1989, Heyn’s Ice Cream has been a staple for the locals in Iowa City. Boasting over 40 flavors, all made with quality ingredients.

Heyn’s Ice Cream in Iowa City

Heyn’s premium ice cream is made with 14% buttermilk fat content, 4% more than the minimum needed. This means they create a denser, creamier, awesome-er ice cream just for us! I really think that is what makes for some of the best ice cream.

When you walk into their store for the first time, it is like stepping back into time. The old woodwork, handwritten chalkboards boasting their entire menu, and “soda jerks” behind the counter with a big smile on their faces.

It was difficult to pick our flavors, but samples were freely offered to taste flavors and see if we found our match for the day. We knew we would try the waffle cones as the smell taunted us from the moment we entered, and they often contain generous servings.

My Lemon Custard waffle cone

Oh, and did we mention they have gluten-free, vegan, and dairy-free options? I personally fell in love with this Lemon Custard that was light, refreshing and it totally hit the spot on a hot day. I think it is my personal favorite.

Miss Sarah took her flavor in a dish because she was still full of Mellow Mushroom pizza and thought she could save it. By adding a lid to it, it did keep up well overnight in our hotel fridge/freezer and she enjoyed it for breakfast!

Miss Sarah Looking at the options

Heyn’s Ice Cream Flavors

Honestly, I can’t list them all, but here were a few of the amazing ones we looked at that would treat your taste buds:

  • Monster Mash Ice Cream had Vanilla Ice Cream, Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter, and M&M’s
  • Cookie Dough had Vanilla Ice Cream, Cookie Dough, and Chocolate Chips
  • Blueberry Cheesecake had Cheesecake Ice Cream, Swirls of Blueberry, and Graham Cracker Crust
  • Cappuccino Chunk had Coffee Ice Cream, Coffee-Flavored Chocolate Chunks, and Mocha Swirl
  • Chocolate Covered Cherries had Cherry Ice Cream, Maraschino Cherries, and Chocolate Chunks
  • Black Raspberry Truffle had Black Raspberry Ice Cream and Raspberry Truffles
  • Kara’s Creation had Vanilla Ice Cream, Pralines, Oreos, and Swirls of Caramel

Don’t they all just sound amazing? I can only imagine getting banana splits with a variety of those fun flavors.

Heyn's Store

Heyn’s Prices

Compared to the world of frozen custard? These prices were beyond reasonable. Three bucks for a very generous serving of 14% butterfat-filled goodness.

This store is quaint, has friendly service, and has delicious treats – Heyn’s Ice Cream is a Must Visit in Iowa City!

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Heyn’s Ice Cream Hours

Open Monday thru Friday from 1 – 9 PM, and weekends from noon to 9. Why not get a half-gallon of your favorite flavor to tie you over until your next visit?

HeHeyn’s Ice Cream locations

You can find Heyn’s Ice Cream at 811 South 1st Avenue, Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-354-1981 and 25 Cherry Street, North Liberty, IA 52317, 319-665-2249.

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