When you walk into this sweet little shoppe, you experience all the joys of going to Grandma’s and Grandpa’s. In a brightly lit shop and with a variety of different choices, you are welcome to sit down and relax in Grandpa’s Homemade Premium Ice Cream Shoppe.
Grandpa’s is owned by the Simmons and they run it themselves along with some summer help. It is located in Fridley on East Moore Lake Drive north of 694, and when you walk in, you feel like you are being transported in time back to 1950. It’s a wonderful little shop.
All their ice cream is made in house by Grandpa himself in the kitchen behind the shop. When you walk in, you are greeted with a sign that reads, “Yes, we make it here.” Which is really funny since that was the first question I asked. I was so busy looking around and enjoying the atmosphere that I completely didn’t see the sign.
They have 32 flavors to choose from at each visit. However, it is a rotating menu. The ice cream is a light ice cream. Don’t get me wrong it’s made from cream with 14% butterfat, so it is in no way a diet ice cream. But if you like a light airy taste, Grandpa’s stands out that way.
Each flavor is carefully given it’s own name. Some of the flavors are named after others: mostly grandchildren like Megan’s Pop Rock Sprinkles or Brittany’s Brownie Sundae or Josh’s Cookies and Cream. Other flavors are named for special people in their lives like Sharon’s Maple Nut or Vonnie’s Gizmo.
Wini’s Lemon Sorbet was named in honor of a special lady named Wini. She had Alzheimer’s and couldn’t remember her family or her children, but she did remember Grandpa’s and the lemon sorbet. Every week, her family would bring her to Grandpa’s and they would enjoy the lemon sorbet together. Wini has since past, but in honor of her memory, the Simmons named it after her.
Some of my favorites are their Marshmallow and Josh’s Cookies and Cream My friend, Dacia, would be all over their Rocky Road since it has real marshmallows and not marshmallow creme.
You can get an ice cream cone with a mini scoop, a double mini scoop, a regular scoop, or a double scoop in a cone (cake, sugar, or waffle) or a dish. They will make you a sundae out of any flavor you choose or a malt or a shake. They have banana splits and other special sundaes available as well as smoothies, coffee, cookie, candy, and ice cream cakes.
The prices are comparable to other locally owned hand-dipped ice cream shoppes around town. It’s not inexpensive, but it’s not outrageously incomparably high either.
You know you have come to a special place when the owners will sit down and chat with you. And get to know your children, not bothered at all by their inquisitiveness. Grandma even offered my children some finger puppets to keep them occupied.
They have special events occasionally. This past Sunday, they had an event called the I Pledge Project. Any child who was 12 years old or under, could come in, say the pledge, and receive a free ice cream cone. Even my 4 year old was able to participate. Simple as that.
Yes, Grandpa’s is a place to enjoy with your family because it’s designed with families in mind.
1258 E. Moore Lake Drive, Fridley, MN 55432