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Here’s a cool guide to dairy-free and traditional ice cream stands in the metro-east

Walton’s Ice Cream serves dairy-free soft serve

Dairy-free ice cream is now available at Walton’s Ice Cream and More in Smithton.
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Dairy-free ice cream is now available at Walton’s Ice Cream and More in Smithton.

More ice cream stands in the metro-east are finding ways to serve children and adults with allergies.

Dairy-free ice cream is now available at Walton’s Ice Cream and More in Smithton. The ice cream, made in a separate soft-serve machine, is fat free, gluten free and has no cholesterol. It’s also made with all natural colors in a peanut free facility.

“We are so happy to be able to serve our customers who may have allergies or intolerance to certain foods,” the ice cream shop wrote on Facebook when its dairy-free ice cream debuted last summer. “Flavors won’t last long and will rotate out weekly!”

Walton’s isn’t alone. You can also find dairy-free frozen treats in O’Fallon.

Malaika Chavous and her husband, William, often receive words of gratitude from families who enjoy their lactose-free and dairy-free treats. Their shop, TC’s Treats in O’Fallon, offers 20 different flavors of water ice. The frozen dessert that’s shaped like a scoop of ice cream is also gluten free, fat free, soy free, cholesterol free and vegan friendly.

“Moms thank us all of the time,” Chavous said ahead of the dessert shop’s opening set for April 5. “People who are lactose intolerant can bring the whole family in.”

In addition to dairy-free options, TC’s Treats, and Walton’s both offer traditional ice cream options along with fun flavors made with dairy. The same goes for other ice cream shops in the metro-east. If you’re looking for a lactose-free option, there’s a good chance you’ll find a slush or different frozen on the menu. Don’t hesitate to ask the staff at your favorite ice cream stand.

Ready to sink your teeth into something sweet? Here’s a roundup of ice cream stand openings around the metro-east.

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Belleville

  • White Cottage — Now open. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Located at 102 Lebanon Ave., Belleville. 618-234-1120.
  • Pirtle’s Famous Ice Cream — Open year-round. Closed Monday and Tuesday during winter season. Open Wednesday through Saturday noon to 9 p.m. and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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A file photo of the front of The White Cottage. BND

Fairview Heights

  • Sheridan’s Frozen Custard — Open year-round. Hours of operation are noon to 10 p.m. daily. Located at 5326 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights. 618-233-9694

Bethalto

  • Weather Vane Ice Cream — Now open. Hours of operation are noon to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Located at 103 Bethalto Blvd., Bethalto. 618-377-8412.

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In this BND file photo, a child enjoys a swirl cone at Dairy Haven in Caseyville. Steve Nagy snagy@bnd.com

Caseyville

  • Dairy Haven — Now open. Hours of operation are noon to 9 p.m., seven days a week. Located at 112 N. Main St., Caseyville. Dairy Haven accepts cash only. 618-345-8866.

The Orange Swirl ice cream cone is a signature treat at Dairy Haven in Caseyville.

Collinsville

  • Dairy Freeze — Now open. Hours of operation for the month of March are 3 to 9 p.m., seven days a week. Located at 250 St. Louis Road, Collinsville.

Edwardsville

  • Annie’s Frozen Custard — Now open. Hours of operation are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Located at 245 S. Buchanan St., Edwardsville. 618-656-0289.

  • Northside Dairy Haven — Now open. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Located at 1902 N. Main St., Edwardsville. 618-656-9233.

One of the oldest businesses in East St. Louis will celebrate its 45 anniversary. The shop is known for its soft serve.

East St. Louis

  • Mello Freeze — Opening March 18. Hours of operation are 1 to 7 p.m. , seven days a week. Located at 1437 Bond Ave.. , East St. Louis. 618- 874-5656.
  • Pirtle Variety — Now open. Hour of operation, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. Located at 2500 Ridge Ave., East. St. Louis. 618-874-2510.

Granite City

  • Mr. Twist Ice Cream and Sherbert — Opening the last week of march. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Located at 2649 Madison Ave., Granite City. 618-877-6469.

  • Weather Vane Ice Cream — Open year round. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Located at 3208 Maryville Road, Granite City. 618-931-6528. The Weather Vane Ice Cream stand located at 2257 Washington Ave., Granite City.

Maryville

  • Bobby’s Frozen Custard — Now open. Hours of operation are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Located at 2525 N. Center St., Maryville. 618-345-3002.

O’Fallon

  • I Scream U Scream — Now open. Hours of operation are noon to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and noon to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 618-622-1777
  • Gator’s Fabulous Frozen Custard — Opens March 20. Hours of operation are 2:30 to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Located at 406 W. U.S. Highway 50, O’Fallon. 618-624-1944.
  • TC’s Treats — Opens April 5. Hours of operation are 4:30 to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Located at 506 W. Highway 50, O’Fallon. 618-607-0028.

Smithton

  • Walton’s Ice Cream and More — Now open. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Located at 408 S. Main St., Smithton. 618-416-8317.

Cara Anthony covers restaurants and retail for the Belleville News-Democrat, where she works to answer readers’ questions about restaurant openings, business closures and the best new dishes in the metro-east. She attended Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville and grew up in East St. Louis.


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