Send in the heavy artillery, meaning a spoon and your appetite, because you will need it. These Detroit-area ice cream shops are where sundaes can be found any day of the week. So stack your scoops, pile the toppings high and don’t forget the cherry on top.
2461 Russell St.
Detroit, MI 48207
From the Apple Pie a la mode sundae to the Double Decker, Mootown’s creations will have you asking for mooore. Choose from 18 flavors of ice cream, and build your own sundae, then douse your creation with toppings like fudge brownies or snickers. Mootown also has banana splits sprinkled with four to 10 toppings, including bananas, of course. Vegans will love the Eastern Market – a non-dairy sorbet with fresh fruit puree. The Walking Sundae is a waffle cone with ice cream, fudge, whipped cream and a cherry. This combo sees to it that you can stroll the avenue and not miss a beat eating that sundae, taking multitasking to a whole other level. Take a trip to the ocean without leaving the city; the Seaside Sundae features seaside caramel ice cream topped with a pralines, vinegar salted pecans and sea salt.
22965 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
Treat Dreams has a roster of ever-changing and unexpected flavor combinations that you will have to see to believe. Specialty sundaes are available on a limited-batch basis; previous options have included a Pure Michigan sundae, Bread Pudding sundae, a Salted Caramel Crunch sundae and a Cream Puff sundae. Treat Dreams also has the lock on sauces. Drench your triple-scoop sundae with flavors that are constantly evolving, like chocolate beer for the brewmasters, a bourbon caramel or a bacon and raspberry that will delight any foodie. This pretty much is the stuff dreams are made of.
10300 Conant St.
Hamtramck, MI 48212
Heavy on the nostalgia, this ice cream stand has all of the makings of a seriously good old fashioned sundae, complete with all the fixins. Where else can you order a triple decker that features a gigantic ice cream cone as part of the building? Kitchy-cool architectural elements aside, this is the place to be on hot summer days, you know, the ones that blend into warm summer nights. While you’re here, definitely grab a banana split with all of the trappings, then slide on over to one of the picnic tables located only steps away.READ MORE: Detroit Family Seeking Justice 1 Year After 21-Year-Old Man Shot, Killed
Easy Like Sundae
172 W. 9 Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220
This is a fro-yo joint like no other. First of all, any place named after a Commodores song has to be good. Then there’s the ice cream. Step right up, folks, and choose from over 60 carnival colors of candy and tasty toppings galore. The create-your-own concept has reached new heights. Now you can pile whatever toppings you desire in whatever combination you crave. It’s like dispensing a technicolor sugar rush into a cup. Bits of cookie crumbles, check. Gummy bears, yes please. Salty snacks, done. Fresh fruit, they got it. Kids will love creating a towering masterpiece they designed themselves, including kooky candy eyeballs. And don’t forget to slather your creation with hot fudge, caramel or strawberry.
Ray’s Ice Cream
4233 Coolidge Highway
Royal Oak, MI 48073
Ray’s Ice Cream is a throwback-style ice cream parlor that makes homemade ice cream. Ray’s recently teamed up with another local fave, Just Topped, to provide another level of yum: cupcakes and ice cream together as one! Ray’s Ice Cream uses toppings from Just Topped, plus a whole slew of standard toppings that taste anything but. With over 40 flavors of ice cream to choose from, the combinations are only limited by your imagination.
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