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309 W Kirby Ave, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820
+1 217-352-2273
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12:00 - 22:00
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Champaign, Illinois
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Everything tastes amazing, but you might have to wait quite a long time to order... and little bit more to get it! Tip: try the waffle basket with vanilla and chocolate ice cream topped with fudge!

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Thank thaislimafc
Chicago, Illinois
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Since 1998 when we left college we've been going back about 4 times annually to U-C with a mandatory stop at Jarling's. For the first time ever, we were disappointed. The ice cream had lost its silky taste and tasted more like grocery frozen yogurt, the ingredients had changed as well. I've always ordered Nut Parfait with almonds and strawberries.... More 

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Thank Tony S
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious ice cream and custard with friendly service!!! Great family outing! When we got there , the line was out the door but it seem to go by fast with their great quick service!

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1 Thank Mena L
Mahomet, Illinois
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216 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place you want to go to relax and enjoy custard whether just a cone or a sundae. The homemade taste is great. It is always busy and even after the Jarling family decided to sell it and retire it was taken over by a group and continues the same quality.

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Thank jodyt821
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103 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The custard is creamy and when mixed with your favorite flavor makes it incredible. I love the peanut butter snowstorm. I was disappointed since they changed the chunky peanut butter to creamy because I love to have a little crunch. Next time I will just have to add peanuts. Will definitely go again.

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Thank Hunter H
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Jarling's is a gem of Champaign-Urbana. Every townie knows it and students pack into cars to visit. The picnic benches out front with the music playing are a great way to visit with friends and family while enjoying the wonderful weather. If you don't like the outdoors, I recommend taking the drive through because the indoor area has no seating.... More 

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1 Thank biogirltraveling
Big Rock, Illinois
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44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a caramel sundae with pecans and whipped cream. It was awesome! I was with 4 friends and everyone loved what they got. It's a must-stop place in Champaign.

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1 Thank WestAtHeart
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped for a quick ice cream because the weather was unseasonably warm. The staff was very helpful. I had the cold fudge (which is listed as their specialty) and marshmallow sundae. Very delicious!

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1 Thank Kathy F
Chesterfield, Missouri
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264 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Several of us ordered different flavors of snowstorms. It was great to see all the choices. We all left happy. There is a small seating area inside for bad weather.

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1 Thank joe-chicago-23
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153 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

We ordered the Jr. Cement mixers: Twix flavor and also a coffee Oreo cookie flavor. The 'Jr.' Is 12-oz.! It was BIG! Both flavors were yummy. The service was fast and friendly. Our bill was just under $8. We were able to sit in the side room on a bench while we ate. I bet the summertime this place is... More 

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1 Thank SmokeyBlueTulle

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$6
Cuisine
American
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:00
Monday
12:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 309 W Kirby Ave, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Champaign-Urbana  >  Champaign
  • Phone Number: +1 217-352-2273
Description
Custard Cup was first started in 1949. It was originally opened by George and Helen Potter at 2507 N. Vermilion St. in Danville, IL. There they started selling the Custard that Mr. Potter had developed a recipe for. Business started slow, and it was not uncommon to see George and Helen sitting out back playing cards while they waited for customers to come in. The Potter’s also created our signature Cold Fudge, to solve the problem of Custard melting when hot fudge was put on it. They owned the business for 20 years and then decided that they were ready to retire. The Potter’s had no children, so they sold “The Cup” to the Wilmer and Dorotha Jarling in 1969.Mr. and Mrs. Jarling watched as the number of customers grew, after school, after church on Sundays, and on the weekends it started turning into “the place” to go on a weekend night for a treat. As it grew, the Jarling’s made some changes to the business, such as adding cash registers and an extra two windows in 1980.Another change the Jarling’s made to the business was expanding the menu. Originally only three flavors of custard were available; Vanilla, Chocolate, and Lemon. Strawberry was added, and later so was Orange. They sold the classic soda shop favorites like Sundaes, Old Fashioned Sodas, Shakes and Malts. Also other menu items began to develop, such as Banana Splits, and Custard Sandwiches.Wilmer and Dorotha Jarling retired in the early 1980’s to have time to enjoy hobbies and travel. After a two year battle with cancer, Dorotha Jarling passed away in 1995. Wilmer Jarling passed on in 2002 at age 85. The Danville Custard Cup is now owned by their children; Doug Jarling, Larry Jarling, Nancy Smart, and grandchild Rodney Smart. On April 28, 1983 Jarling’s Custard Cup opened its doors at 309 W. Kirby Ave. in Champaign. It was opened by Doug and Christy Jarling, who had worked and helped to manage the Danville store for several years. The Champaign location featured the same products as the Danville store, as well as new creations like frozen pies, and The Snowstorm. In 1993, Doug and Christy Jarling purchased the secret recipe from Wilmer and Dorotha. Since then both locations have continued to change their menus slightly, keeping the favorite treats and working to add new creations from what they've heard from their customers.

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