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4 nearby spots to try all the flavors of ice cream this summer
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La Mejor de Michoacán makes a wide variety of homemade ice cream including, clockwise from top left, bubble gum, cookies and cream, coffee and lemon. - photo by CHELSEY ABERCROMBIE

There’s a lot of flavor in Hall County, especially when it comes to ice cream. You’ve probably tried some of these spots, but we bet you haven’t tried all their flavors. So get out there. It’s summer!

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Clermont's Mountain Fresh Creamery offers flavors like orange cream .
Mountain Fresh Creamery

6615 Cleveland Highway, Clermont

The family-owned farm at Mountain Fresh Creamery began in 2000. The family is “dedicated to providing a wholesome, all-natural product fresh from their farm to your family,” according to their website.

One of those products is ice cream, which comes in several flavors, including vanilla, cotton candy and strawberry. They offer a special flavor every week released on Friday.

Their shop also offers milkshakes, and the farm itself sells bottle whole milk, lowfat milk, chocolate milk and buttermilk.

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Jaemor Farms takes fresh peaches and mixes them with their homemade ice cream.
Jaemor Farms

5340 Cornelia Highway, Alto

Jaemor Farms is another family-owned operation, which alongside other products offers soft-served ice cream using homegrown fruit.

They’ve actually been using milk from Mountain Fresh Creamery in their ice cream for years, according to Judah Echols, one of the owners of the farm.

“We specialize in our peach and strawberry, and both of those are made with our homegrown peaches and homegrown strawberries,” he said. “And then we carry a Dole Whip pineapple, and then vanilla.”

And while they don’t have a big selection, Judah said customers keep coming back.

“I think the main reason is that we do use our homegrown fruit in the peach and the strawberry,” he said. 

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Ice Cream at La Mejor De Michoacan at 405 Atlanta Highway comes in many flavors.
La Mejor De Michoacan

405 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville

La Mejor De Michoacan has been offering ice cream and other snacks for over 15 years.

“We make everything every day. It’s like little snacks from Mexico for the most part,” store manager Edgar Medrano said.

The shop has a wide variety of ice cream flavors, including creamy and water-based options, and popsicles in those flavors, too. Flavors include everything from tropical fruits to traditional American varieties like cookies ‘n’ cream.

“We even sell some that are covered in chocolate with peanuts,” he said.

The store also sells fruit salads, juices, corn on the cob and “chamoyadas,” which contain shaved ice and some chilli powder.

The company now has three locations in Gainesville as well as another store in Norcross.

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Downtown Drafts features King of Pops ice cream in a variety of flavors.
Downtown Drafts

115 Bradford St. NE, Gainesville

There’s more than one reason to walk into Downtown Drafts.

Did you know you can get a King of Pops treat in Gainesville? There’s a cooler inside this downtown growlers location with a selection of the famous Atlanta popsicles. 

Most of the popsicles have between three and five ingredients, but over the years the shop has made almost 500 flavors, including chocolate sea salt, raspberry rosewater and strawberries and cream.

When possible, the shop relies on local farms for ingredients and even started its own farm, King of Crops.

Downtown Drafts also carries the dog-friendly King of Pups frozen treats for your four-legged friend.

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