Do you remember those old Bugs Bunny cartoons, when he smells something delicious and he just floats happily through the air until he reaches the fragrance’s point of origin? Yeah, that’s what it feels like when you walk into Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream. The smell of ice cream and waffle cones that drifts through the air is absolutely heavenly.
While in nursing school, Kelly worked part-time scooping ice cream. When she and her husband, Scott, moved to here from upstate New York they discovered that Orlando was missing a homemade ice cream shop. They started making some for themselves and they haven’t looked back. Kelly told me that they “never imagined that [their] hobby would turn into what [they] have today.”
Before becoming the local favorite they are today, you could spot their signature pink-and-white ice cream truck popping up at local farmer’s markets. People began to take notice and their truck could only hold so much love and success. That’s when they knew it was time for something bigger.
They have two locations here in town. Their first location is in the Audubon District on Corrine – which opened on National Ice Cream Day in 2015. (The star-shaped sprinkles were aligned and the ice cream gods were smiling upon Orlando that day, for sure.) Their second is between Lancaster Park and the Hourglass District on Ferncreek. To give you an idea of how well loved this ice cream is, Kelly’s opened their second location in October of 2017 – just two years later!
It’s no surprise to anyone who walks through those doors why they are so beloved. Their staff is always smiling and welcoming and then you taste the ice cream… the place is like heaven on earth. With over 100 recipes of ice creams (and sorbets) rotating throughout the year, you are sure to find your own personal favorite. Fun fact: Kelly’s favorite flavor is Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie. Aaaaand if you were really curious, my favorite is Cake Batter n’ Sprinkles. 😜