You don’t have to wait for Sunday to enjoy a great ice cream sundae this summer in Wisconsin! The joy of a delicious ice cream sundae is shared by kids, adults, and ice cream fanatics alike. Madison, Wisconsin is the dairy state’s capitol, and is home to a variety of ice cream scoop shops, venues, and vendors that compete for the best ice cream sundae in town. Other top choices include locations in Milwaukee
and small-town Verona. Choose from specialty, gourmet, simple, or homemade treats and you’ll take part in one of America’s favorite dessert experiences.
The biggest ice cream sundae ever made was 12 feet high and made with 4,667 gallons of ice cream and 7,000 pounds of toppings. It was made in Anaheim, California in 1985, and spurred the excitement of the masses. Although your serving may not be quite this large, a monstrous sundae (or two) is still possible in Wisconsin. Whether your tastes gear towards hot fudge, caramel, butterscotch, or a classic brownie sundae, you won’t be short of places to find them.
Here are nine of the best places to find an ice cream sundae in Wisconsin:
1. Hubbard Avenue Diner
7445 Hubbard Avenue
The Hubbard Avenue Diner is one of Middleton’s most frequented restaurants for great burgers, and classic desserts and pies. The bakery case will knock your socks off as soon as you enter, but you can hop up to the bar area for one of the best ice cream sundaes in town! Choose from giant three scoop sundaes including: Hot Fudge Brownie, Strawberry Shortcake, Grasshopper, or the Rocky Road.
2. Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano
601 Junction Raod, Madison, WI
This Italian spin on the ice cream sundae is definitely a treat! The delicious fried crepe is filled with your choice of Chocolate-chocolate chip, spumoni or vanilla Italian ice cream or raspberry sorbet, then topped with a homemade raspberry, chocolate, and white chocolate sauce.
3. Ella’s Deli
2902 E Washington Ave
This kosher deli will not only catch your eye with the nostalgic carousel outside, but is a treat for all ages. One special feature is the Grilled Pound Cake Hot Fudge Sundae; the name says it all!
3131 S. 27th
Milwaukee, WI 53215
Leon’s is a perfect example of the days of yesterday, complete with the 50’s nostalgic flair and a featured Super Sundae. The fresh custard and ice cream, along with classic toppings such as butterscotch and caramel (with cherries!) is a worthwhile trip and experience. The simple sundaes are served in a plastic cup, and available in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, or butter pecan.
5. Michael’s Frozen Custard
407 W Verona Ave
Verona, WI 53593
Located in various spots throughout the Madison area, this locally owned chain offers deliciously fresh frozen custard in your typical flavors. Turn these into a sundae, and your creation will be one to remember with choices of a Banana Split, Hot Fudge Brownie, or their specialty Viva Las Vegas Sundae! Made with Vanilla custard, topped with it with sliced bananas, peanut butter sauce, and chocolate syrup!
6. Maggie Moos Ice Cream & Treatery
601 Junction Rd
Madison, WI 53717
This recent acquisition to Madison’s West Side is a tribute to the Dairy State. The menu features an assortment of frozen treats, but their ice cream sundae is worth a visit. Choose from hot fudge or caramel, with your choice of favorite ice cream flavors. The portion sizes and topping selections are just right!
7. Old Chicago
7202 Mineral Point Rd
This pub and brewery offers a diverse menu, but their desserts are one of a kind. A spinoff off of an ice cream sundae, Old Chicago offers a giant baked homemade cookie topped with fresh vanilla ice cream. Turn it into a true sundae by requesting chocolate, strawberry, or caramel sauce!
8. Ben & Jerry’s Downtown Madison
224 State Street
Madison, WI 53703 US
Whatever your favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavor, the scoopers are more than willing to turn it into your favorite sundae! Each sundae features two or three scoops, whipped cream, your favorite sauce, and other topping selections.
9. Belt’s Soft Serve
2140 Division Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
This old-fashioned, trailer-style roadstop is one of the best ice cream offerings around. Traditional soft serve in cones or cups is the specialty, but sundae offerings offer everything from fresh cookie dough, brownie sundaes, and a specialty Chocolate Thunder Flurry!