Want a guaranteed way to zoom up to favorite auntie or uncle status? Take those nieces and nephews out for ice cream or candy and let them get whatever they want. (Why won’t this work when you’re the parent taking them out??)

For our GRANDTASTIC AWARDS, parent’s voted for their favorite places to play and live life in greater Grand Rapids, including the best spots for sweat treats.

We hope you enjoy these family-favorite places for the best ice cream and candy shops in the area as much as we do.

Grand Rapids Ice Cream Lovers, Here’s Your List!

My three year old daughter has a keen eye for spotting ice cream signs. For all I know, she will learn to read just to memorize this helpful list!  

There’s no better way to end your perfect summer day or to transform an ordinary day than by stopping by a local ice cream shop. There’s plenty of time during these long, hot days for the family to come together for a cool summer treat.


Jersey Junction (East Grand Rapids)

More winners…

1- Jersey Junction (East Grand Rapids)

2- Captain Sundae (Holland)

3- Houseman’s Ice Cream (Byron Center)

4- Frosty Boy

5- Spoonlickers

6- Brink’s Ice Cream Express (Caledonia)

7- The Pump House

8- (TIE) Burlingame Dip and Dogs (Wyoming)

8- (TIE) Custard by the Dam (Rockford)

10- Hudsonville Ice Cream at Hudsonville Lanes

Candy Shops to Suit any Sweet Tooth

You can’t truly appreciate the phrase, “a kid in a candy shop” until you’ve taken your child to one. The twinkle in their eyes and smile on their face is worth it!


Holland Peanut Store

More winners…

1- Holland Peanut Store

2- Jersey Junction (East Grand Rapids)

3- (TIE) Cosmic Candy Company (Woodland Mall)

3- (TIE) Kilwins Chocolates and Ice Cream

5- Sweetland Candies (Plainfield)

6- Sweet Tooth of Rockford

7- Rocket Fizz

8- Albertus Koeze & Company – Gourmet Nuts

9- Krissy’s Kandies (Grand Haven)

10- Something Sweet (Allegan)

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Cosmic Candy is an old fashioned candy and popcorn store. We feature Pentwater Popcorn and tons of nostalgic candy and glass bottle soda from yesteryear. Come in and get “Lost in Taste.”

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