This is the best ice cream shop in Illinois, according to Yelp – NBC Chicago

If you’re looking for a sign to go ahead and order dessert, here it is.

In honor of National Ice Cream Day coming up Sunday, Yelp released its 2022 list of the best ice cream shops in North America, which includes “everything from brownies to fudges and buttery pecans to salted caramel, marshmallow and peanut butter mashups”.

In order to rank the best ice cream parlors, Yelp says it “identified businesses in the ice cream category, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including total volume and review ratings between April 21, 2021 and April 21, 2021. April 2022.”

Each business was also required to have a passing health score by May 12, 2022.

The store that won the title of best ice cream shop in Illinois is not your traditional place. Instead, it’s one that specializes in vegan ice cream.

“We make high-quality artisan vegan desserts, homemade toppings and gluten-free waffle cones. All of our chocolate is free of child/slave labor and we use no palm oil,” says Vaca’s Creamery, located at 1436 Blackhawk St.. in Chicago.

“This is a hidden gem,” reads a Yelp review. “Completely vegan and totally delicious. Order at the street counters. Prompt service. Great recommendations. Creamy ice cream. And great toppings. Highly recommend the Candy Bar Sundae.”

Here is the full list of shops.

And just for good (gentle?) measure, according to a market research firm Main datathe most popular ice cream flavors in Illinois are:

  1. rocky path
  2. Coconut
  3. cookie dough
  4. Chocolate
  5. cookies and cream

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