For These Top Local Ice Cream Shops
You know you want it. Everyone does. Especially on a hot, sunny summer day. Sweet, creamy, smooth, velvety, cold, crunchy, fruity, chocolatey—however you enjoy your ice cream, Lynchburg has plenty of outrageous options.
As a self-professed foodie who is always checking out new additions to the local restaurant scene (and who also happens to have a sweet tooth), I was asked by Lynchburg Living to pick my top five ice cream spots in town and highlight their top treats.
Check out my recommendations on the following pages—and be sure to visit these spots this summer!
The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar (pictured above)
Graves Mill Shopping Center, 18013 Forest Rd., Forest
The Scoop: This newest addition to the Lynchburg sweets scene is the store’s fifth location and is just as described—crazy! Touted as an “ultimate dessert destination,” their milkshake-filled mason jars are topped with indulgences such as Pop-Tarts, cake, fruit, doughnuts, maybe even a waffle—the choices are endless! But they don’t stop there. The menu hosts other artistic desserts, ice cream sandwiches, unique monthly specials, and even funnel cakes.
Creams of the Crop: Exclusive to the Lynchburg store, I recommend you try the Heart of Virginia Shake. This delectable delight begins with strawberry and cake batter ice cream with a red marshmallow swirl that was custom-designed for Lynchburg, Virginia. It boasts a vanilla frosted rim rolled in red candy hearts and then topped with a Virginia-shaped sugar cookie, crushed blue rock candy pieces, fresh strawberry, an apple slice and whipped topping. (Perfect for IG!)
4925 Boonsboro Rd., Lynchburg;
1016 Jefferson St., Ste. B, Lynchburg
The Scoop: MayLynn’s serves out sweets from a food truck at its founding location in the Boonsboro Shopping Center, where you will usually find a long line of folks ready to beat the heat with a few cold ones. If you prefer to head downtown, grab a shake and enjoy a stroll on the Bluffwalk. Also important to note: both locations serve up non-dairy options so there is nothing holding you back from enjoying some MayLynn’s.
Creams of the Crop: I personally love their Frozen Banana (a frozen banana dipped in chocolate and then rolled in either sprinkles or nuts) because I can get away with thinking it’s healthy-ish! My family also thinks the Peanut Butter Bliss is pretty decadent and delicious—and it’s one of the most popular items on the MayLynn’s menu! It’s what these guys call a “stacker”— chocolate ice cream, Reese’s Cups, peanut butter, and hot fudge are stacked into one tasty treat. The stackers come in all sorts of varieties and combinations, and you can even customize your own. (Don’t mind if I do!)
Outside the Cone
1305 Enterprise Dr., Lynchburg
The Scoop: If you have not been to this super special spot in Wyndhurst yet, what are you waiting for? The owners say their goal is to make the best ice cream in Virginia—and they do it by using only the freshest and finest ingredients and making many of their “mix-ins” in-house. You’ll also notice some very innovative flavors and flavor combinations. For example, the Bee My Honeycomb contains honeycomb they make in-house with a precise recipe they have developed. Bee My Honeycomb was named best new flavor of 2020 in a national contest sponsored by the North American Ice Cream Association.
Creams of the Crop: While flavors often sell out and change frequently, I love when we can catch “It’s All Greek to Me” on the Outside the Cone menu. They start with homemade baklava with layers of phyllo dough, chopped nuts, and honey from local Dry Branch Apiaries. Chunks of baklava and a sea salt Greek caramel swirl are then wrapped into their vanilla ice cream. (Drooling!)
21556 Timberlake Rd., Lynchburg
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The Scoop: At Mister Goodies, you get all the nostalgia of a carnival ice cream stand, without the price of admission. From the street, you can’t miss the huge ice cream cone on top of the building with bright lights showcasing ice cream, soda floats, cookie sandwiches, apple dumplings, banana splits, and much more. In addition, they offer lower-sugar and lower-calorie options. This year, Mister Goodies added homemade hard serve to the menu, something that was not available in the past.
Creams of the Crop: The aficionados behind Mister Goodies are so passionate about what they do—and Lynchburg Living readers definitely notice. Mister Goodies is a consistent winner in the Best Of Awards, even winning Gold for Best Frozen Dessert last year. With so many tasty menu items, it was hard to narrow down a favorite, but I just love the Strawberry Dole Whip. And believe it or not—it’s dairy- and gluten-free and vegan. The Dole Whip also comes in several other flavors such as mango, pineapple, and watermelon. (If you know, you know.)
174 Norfolk Ave., Lynchburg;
16129 Forest Rd., Forest
The Scoop: The great folks at Rookie’s started out in Forest and now have a second Lynchburg location off of Rivermont Avenue (conveniently located next to Rivermont Pizza—a match made in heaven, if I may say). With a selection of delicious handmade ice cream sandwiches in classic combinations such as chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream or sugar cookie with strawberry ice cream (my personal favorite), you really can’t go wrong. They also serve vegan and gluten-free options and tasty coffee if you’re in the mood for something warm.
Creams of the Crop: Not really feeling a sweet sandwich? You can always just enjoy Rookie’s traditional cookies paired with ice-cold milk. Or for something different, we like the Affogato al caffe from Rookie’s. I choose the Nutella ice cream as my base; it is then drowned in hot espresso, resulting in a magical amalgamation of sweet and bitter, cold and hot. (Trust me.)