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There is no better treat to share with your kids than ice cream, especially on a hot summer day! And when you are in Chattanooga, Tennessee, there is no better place to get ice cream than Clumpies Ice Cream Co. Keep reading to find out why it’s the best in the city!
The Story Behind Clumpies Ice Cream Co.
Clumpies Ice Cream Company first opened their doors in 1999. It was started by the son of a third generation candy maker. His mission was to give people incredible and unique ice cream in the city he loved.
He sold the company in 2013, but they still have the same goal in mind each and every day: serve people amazing ice cream and create lifelong memories that are so good they want to repeat the experience again and again.
You can tell the moment you walk in the door that this company cares about their customers and understands how ice cream can create special moments.
The Flavors on the Menu
Each batch of Clumpies Ice Cream is made by hand with love and the best ingredients. Their menu includes two lists of flavors: the Classics and the Featured Flavors.
The Classic flavors are their original ones that are fan favorites. These are available all year round. They include: vanilla bean, chocolate, strawberry, cookies n’ cream, pralines and cream, pistachio, chocolate chocolate chunk, butter pecan, mint chocolate chunk, and more.
The Featured Flavors menu is seasonal and changes periodically. Additionally, not all locations have all of the featured flavors available at all times.
The holiday seasonal menu includes choices like: black cherry sorbet, gingersnap, Mexican hot chocolate, spiked eggnog, white chocolate peppermint bark, and sugar plum sangria sorbet.
In the summer, the Featured Flavors includes summer classics like key lime pie, lemon berry cake, blueberry muffin, pineapple sorbet, and peach cobbler.
You can find the most up to date flavors available on their website.
Locations, and Hours
There are currently three locations of Clumpies Ice Cream around Chattanooga. In addition, they have a food truck that moves around the city. It also makes appearances at various community events. You can see the schedule of where the food truck will be on their website.
The Northshore store sits at 26 Frazier Avenue. This is the original and their flagship store. It is located just a block away from the Walnut Street Bridge. Their back door opens onto Coolidge Park. This makes it a perfect location to grab a cone and hang out in the park or walk along the bridge on a summer night!
The Northshore store is open Sundays through Thursdays from 12 pm until 9 pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, they are open from 12 pm until 10 pm.
The St. Elmo store is located at 3917 St. Elmo Avenue. It conveniently sits right next to the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway station. This makes it super easy to grab some ice cream while you wait or when you finish your ride on the historic incline railway.
The St. Elmo store is open everyday from 12 pm until 9 pm.
You can find the third, and newest, Clumpies Ice Cream Co. store at 1401 Market Street. This Southside location opened in 2018 in the historic Grand Hotel building. It sits near breweries, restaurants, and art galleries. This makes it easy to grab some ice cream for dessert after dinner or while admiring all the art!
The Southside store is open Sundays through Thursdays from 3 pm until 9 pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, they are open from 3 pm until 10 pm.
Why You Will Love Their Ice Cream
First of all, you will love eating Clumpies Ice Cream because it is made by hand with the best ingredients they can get their hands on. This means that it is of the highest quality.
Their ice cream is super flavorful because they don’t use artificial flavorings. They actually include bits of the ingredients to give your taste buds a party as soon as you taste it.
For instance, their key lime pie ice cream includes ground up graham crackers and little chunks of key limes. It tastes just like the pie!
The ice cream here is so creamy and smooth! It is just what you would expect from a great scoop of ice cream!
During our trip to Chattanooga, we ate at all 3 of the Clumpies Ice Cream store front locations. And at each one, there was a line out the door. This is always a good sign that you’ve made a great choice on where to go for your ice cream! At each location, the ice cream was delicious! I loved them all!
Clumpies Ice Cream Co. serves the best ice cream in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It has been a favorite of the locals since 1999, serving deliciously fresh ice cream in fun, seasonal flavors. You have to try it the next time you are in Chattanooga! Your kids will thank you for it! Enjoy!
And for help deciding where to stay and places to eat, see my reviews of Read House, Mellow Mushroom, Maple Street Biscuit Company, Puckett’s Grocery, and my list of the best places to eat in Chattanooga with kids.
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