Best Frozen Custard In Detroit

July 9, 2012 11:57 AM

Summer is officially here when the little custard stand opens up around the corner. Head to Erma’s, Bob Jo’s or Wally’s to satisfy your craving for custard.

Summer is officially here when the little ice cream stand opens up around the corner. Don’t get it confused though. This article is about frozen custard, not soft serve. Frozen custard usually contains egg, tastes more rich and has a little less sugar than a typical soft serve ice cream.
Erma's Frozen Custard


Erma’s Frozen Custard

6451 Auburn Rd
Shelby Township, MI 48317
(586) 254-3080

Erma’s has been serving up delicious treats since 1942. They offer weekly flavors including two custard flavors plus a non-dairy option called Erma’s Ice. Check the website for the schedule of flavors. The original location is just outside downtown Utica, Michigan. They’ve opened an additional location at 14 and Dequindre in Warren. Be aware that during peak hours you’ll probably have to wait in line. Try to visit during weekdays and before 5 p.m. for shorter wait times. Open April through October.

Frozen Custard Stand At Greenfield Village


Frozen Custard Stand At Greenfield Village

20900 Oakwood Boulevard
Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
(313) 271-1621

You’ll have to pay admission, but if you’re going anyway make sure you visit the custard stand inside the park. Find it located between the Sir John Bennett Sweet Shop and the Thomas Alva Edison Statue. They also offer floats and a Blizzard-like blended, candy-filled “igloo.”

Bob Jo’s Frozen Custard

4071 Fort St
Wyandotte, MI 48192
(734) 282-6818

What is it with ice cream stands being opened in the 1940’s? A gem of the Downriver area of Detroit. Fans will tell you that you have to get the chocolate. It’s the superior flavor and a cut above other ice cream shops’ version. Beware — cash only.

Wally's Frozen Custard


Wally’s Frozen Custard

20898 Harper Ave
Harper Woods, MI 48225
(313) 343-9059

Founded in 1947, it’s a local tradition in Harper Woods. The prices are reasonable. $3 will score you a large cone. They feature another Detroit classic, Sanders hot fudge. Keep the credit cards in your pocket — it’s cash only! Open year round.

Ritter's Frozen Custard


Ritter’s Frozen Custard

31227 8 Mile Rd
Livonia, MI 48152
(248) 476-4571

It’s a chain restaurant, but that’s not always a deal-breaker right?! Open year round. Founded by John Ritter, the first Ritter’s Frozen Custard opened in Indiana in 1989. Now there are locations all over the Midwest. The shop in Livonia is a favorite of locals.

Culvers Butterburgers & Frozen Custard


Culvers Butterburgers & Frozen Custard

6500 Newburgh Rd
Westland, MI 48185
(734) 595-1883

Fans vouch for the frozen custard, saying that it’s smooth, rich and just the right flavor. As the name indicates, you can also grab some hot food while you’re here, which isn’t something you can say about most frozen custard stands.

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