The battle for the best ice cream in Utah County is in the books. The people have spoken, and...drumroll please...Bruster’s Real Ice Cream in Provo came out on top. There were some crazy upsets along the way, but in the end, loyal fans and followers showed out and voted for their favorite shop. The bracket-style Instagram poll competition for the best ice cream in Utah County was surely a wild one.
How we ranked the Best Ice Cream in Utah County
The rankings above were determined using the percentage of votes they received. While there may be some disputations, this is what the people on Instagram voted for. Here’s how it all shook out:
We tried the blackberry (mora) and dulce de leche flavors. Both were excellent. Some of the creamiest and most flavorful ice cream we’ve ever had. You can tell they really put a lot of effort into their flavors. They use fresh, high-quality ingredients and don’t cut any corners in the ice cream making process.
This old-fashioned ice cream shop definitely has the wow factor. The ice cream is homemade, creamy, and delicious, while their homemade sauces (we liked the caramel and strawberry best) are what really make this place a must-try. The trick is finding a creation that combines your favorite flavors. We tried a few options and our favorites were James's Strawberry Shortcake and Celeste's Cookie Concoction.
Rockwell’s boasts that they never use artificial flavorings and that the ice cream is made fresh in house everyday, and we 100% believe them. The ice cream was fresh, creamy, and out-of-this-world delicious. With so many unique flavors, we are already excited to go back and try them all
Brooker’s Founding Flavors Ice Cream lives up to the hype. You don’t have to be a culinary expert to taste the difference that the high butterfat percentage gives. The ice cream is rich and creamy and it's clear they don't cut any corners when it comes to delivering the highest quality ice cream.
We tried the “Patrick Henry’s Give Me Chocolate or Give Me Death”, “Franklin’s Black Raspberry Republic, If You Can Keep It” and (because Hamilton recently came out on Disney+) “Alexander Hamilton’s Not Throwing Away My Scoop”. Every flavor left us wanting more! We even sampled some of the vegan options and were blown away by the taste!
4. BYU Creamery
There is a reason the BYU Creamery on 9th is a legend to any BYU grad or Provo native. The ice cream is amazing and there is a certain nostalgia factor that makes it taste even better. The flavors were distinct with a creamy texture. We tried Graham Canyon and it was incredible. They use 2-4% more butter fat than traditional ice cream.
Despite being rolled rather than scooped, their ice cream was delightfully creamy. Both the chocolate and vanilla had rich flavors that combined well with the mix-ins and toppings. We tried fruit mix-ins, both raspberries and bananas, and were very impressed. You can tell the fruit is fresh, which pairs well with the rich creamy ice cream. Overall, you know you’re eating ice cream made from high quality ingredients.
Although a new-comer to the Utah County ice cream scene, William’s Dairy Bar has already gained a huge following. The ice cream was very rich and you could just tell it's high quality. Gourmet for sure. Very smooth and incredibly tasty. We tried the peanut butter flavor and it tasted just like real peanut butter. They use real, high-quality non-artificial ingredients. Some of the best soft-serve we've ever tasted.
The CHAMPION! Not only is Bruster’s Real Ice Cream rich, smooth and creamy but they have tons of amazing offers that have earned them a loyal following. BYOB (bring your own banana) Thursday, free kid cones and free doggie sundaes are a few of our favorite offers Bruster’s dishes out. We tried the strawberry, graham canyon and banana split with zero complaints. The ice cream and waffle cones are made in the store daily and you can practically taste the freshness when you take your first bite.
Round by Round Recap of the Voting
Best Ice Cream in Utah County: First Round
There were four matchups in the first round, and all but one were neck-and-neck. Brooker’s suffered a narrow loss to Roll With It, and Bruster’s squeaked by Leatherby’s by only two percentage points. Meanwhile, William’s Dairy Bar posted a slim victory over Rockwell while BYU Creamery won in a landslide over Mora Iced Creamery.
Round 1 Results
Best ice cream in Utah County: Final Four
With heavy-hitters like Rockwell, Leatherby’s, and Brooker’s all bowing out in the first round, the Cinderella stories were only just beginning. The second round saw just as many upsets. Bruster’s squeaked by the Provo staple, Roll With It, and up-and-coming William’s Dairy Bar continued their improbable run with a stunning victory over BYU Creamery.
Final Four Results
Best ice cream in Utah County: Championship
The championship round saw Bruster’s beat William’s Dairy Bar by 6 percentage points. The new kids in town met in the title round, and Bruster’s is the new king of the hill in the Orem and Provo ice cream scene.
Think there were any shops we left out? We love controversy, so don’t hesitate to let us know. In the meantime, go grab a nice cold cone from one of these quality ice cream shops in Provo or Orem. In the end, the people spoke, and Bruster’s came out on top as the best ice cream in Utah County.