Don’t forget the sprinkles when you visit Austin’s at The Market, Dairy Creme Corner, Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream, Howdy’s Dari-Owl, or Page’s Ice Cream of West Virginia.
A balanced diet is an ice cream in each hand, right? As summer approaches and the weather warms up, you’ll want to check these five tasty treats off your sundae bucket list. Enjoy your ice cream before it melts, and know that it’s always ice cream o’clock somewhere.
Dairy Creme Corner has been an ice cream lover’s paradise since 1987. Located in Fairmont and typically known for its leaning-tower-of-Pisa-esque cones, the Corner also makes mouthwatering—and foot-high—banana splits topped with all the goodies. Enormous scoops of ice cream are nestled between two halves of a banana, drizzled with chocolate syrup, piled with chunks of pineapple, and finished with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Talk about a-peel-ing. 187 Homewood Avenue, Fairmont, 304.366.6809, @dairycremecorner on Facebook
Life is sweeter at Page’s Ice Cream of West Virginia in Ridgeley. The large-and-in-charge yellow building will put a smile on your face before you even get a look at the menu. Try a specialty flavor like orange, strawberry, or mango Dole Whip—or a one-of-a-kind sundae, like the Cotton Candy Supreme. Delish. 3169 Frankfort Highway, Ridgeley, 304.738.2200, @pagesicecreamofwv on Facebook
Austin’s at The Market in Huntington boasts specialty ice cream flavors that you can add to the sundae of your choice. Try the Cinnamon Taco Sundae—a waffl e bowl with two scoops of cinnamon ice cream, honey drizzle, and all the toppings. If your tastes are more classic and refined, try Austin’s take on the all-American banana split. 809 Third Avenue, Huntington, 304.521.2580, @austinsatthemarket on Facebook
Celebrating 51 years of business this summer, Howdy’s Dari Owl in Follansbee is a classic stop for any ice cream afi cionado. The Dari Owl serves up homemade ice cream with a smile. Locals love this place, and you will, too. 101 Mahan Lane, Follansbee, 304.527.3802, @howdysdariowl on Facebook
Our hearts melt for Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream in Charleston—a multi-year winner in our Best of West Virginia contest. Try a traditional treat like a banana split, a hot fudge sundae, or a brownie sundae. And with more than 14 fl avors available at any time and a variety of specialty fl avors like passionfruit, cranlemon, candy bar explosion, and Girl Scout Samoa, there’s a fl avor for every palate. 225 Capitol Street, Charleston, 304.343.6488, ellensicecream.com, @ellenshomemadeicecream on Facebook
photographed by Carla Witt Ford