The ding of bell above the door as you step in, the instant smell of waffle cone and fresh fruit for paletas overtake your senses as you walk up to the counter to gaze down at the multi-colored, multi-flavored ice cream options. Cone or cup? Sundae or milkshake? Whatever you choose, be sure your summer treats are Made in Tennessee.
Cool off from the summer heat with frozen treats from Mayfield Dairy. T.B. Mayfield Jr. purchased 45 Jersey cows in 1910 and began delivering milk to his neighbors in Athens, Tenn. The next generation picked up where he left off and in 1950 built the Southeast's most modern milk plant. Mayfield is one of the nation's leading dairies today. From fresh, cold milk to delicious ice cream flavors like Blueberry Cream Pie, Extreme Moose Tracks and Snickerdoodle, Mayfield continues to offer great selections for its customers. You can visit the factory 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Athens.
Travel to Chattanooga, hailed as Outside Magazine's "Best Town Ever," for a visit to Clumpies and a stroll downtown. Named one of the best ice cream shops in America for 2015 by Thrillist, Clumpies has been serving the public generous portions of frozen dairy since 1999. Savor the creamy flavors Firecracker, which is Tutti Frutti ice cream mixed with Pop-Rocks, French Silk, which includes extra fie chocolate flakes, and a Southern favorite, Pralines and Cream. If you want a stripped down version of ice cream, choose The Sweet Cream which has nothing but milk, sugar, and cream. The store is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Get your Wi-Fi and ice cream all in one place. Cream City in Cookeville serves its patrons 30 flavors (like Mocha Almond) that are hand-dipped and served by cup, cone, sundae, milkshake, sherbet freezes, and banana splits. Dairy-free options are plentiful as well. If you want a little kick to your treat, have a frozen frappe, iced coffee or lattee, Italian soda, or, for a healthy option, fresh smoothies.
Cool down with a stop at Las Paletas (traditional Mexican popsicles) for the refreshing flavored popsicles. They come in a variety of unique flavors like blackberry lime, chocolate banana, peaches and cream dipped in chocolate, and hot chocolate chili. Located in the 12th South district of Nashville, Tenn. it's a small establishment surrounded by boutiques, shops and other eateries. Each pop costs $2.50, so you can try multiple flavors and decide your favorite.
Follow your ice cream craving to La Michoacana in Memphis where the ice cream is good and the flavors are bursting. From Bailey's-flavored ice cream to cotton candy to paletas with fresh fruit, the shop is a popular stop for a beat-the-heat treat. The ice cream parlor has been a family-owned and operated business for more than 50 years, with many of its patrons returning for scoop after scoop.
In Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store in Casey Jones Village in Jackson, Tenn. there is a recreated 1890's Ice Cream Parlor & Fudge Shoppe. Hailed by USA Today as "One of the Top 50 Ice Cream Parlors in America," the parlor serves up delicious frozen treats like praline pecan, mint chocolate chip, vanilla and chocolate ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes, banana splits and more. Don't forget to buy some homemade, delicious fudge for the rest of your road trip.