What Are Ohio’s Most Popular Ice Cream Flavors?

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Did you know that July is National Ice Cream month across the United States?

The occasion was officially recognized in 1984 by President Reagan, who signed a presidential proclamation stating: “I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim July 1984 as National Ice Cream Month and July 15, 1984, as National Ice Cream Day, and I call upon the people of the United States to observe these events with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

Far be it for us to ignore a call to action from an American President! So, here at BetOhio.com – your source for Ohio sports betting - we’ve decided to commemorate National Ice Cream Month by ranking the Buckeye State’s favorite flavors of ice cream.

To come up with our rankings, we first developed a short list by consulting YouGov’s 11 most popular ice cream flavors from 2018. Then we used Google Trends to see how much search engine traffic each variety generated within Ohio from July 6, 2022 to July 6, 2023.

Ohio’s Favorite Ice Cream Flavors

According to research you won’t find on any Ohio betting apps, these are the five most popular ice cream flavors in the Buckeye State:

RankIce Cream FlavorsSearch Interest (Compared toTopics During Same Timespan)
1 🍦 Vanilla22
2 🍦 Cookies and Cream19
3 🍦 Chocolate15
4 🍦 Strawberry7
5 🍦 Mint Chocolate Chip6


It’s Always Vanilla, Even in Ohio

A study a few months ago showed that Ohio is one of the nation’s states most into ice cream.

Our flavor research shows that vanilla is the most popular flavor in Ohio. While it might not be the most exciting, there’s no denying it’s a classic.

But for ice cream lovers craving variety, there are plenty of mouth-watering shops across the state to check out.

In Columbus, you can visit Johnson’s Real Ice Cream. The fourth-generation, family-owned ice cream makers have been serving up scoops since the 1950s. Or you can visit the North Market, where you will find the original location of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Founded in 2002 by Jeni Britton — who has subsequently won the James Beard award for her best-selling cookbook “Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream’s at Home” — Jeni’s now boasts more than 80 locations across the United States.

If you’re in the Cleveland area, consider cooling down with a treat from Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream. Since opening in 1999, they’ve expanded to 10 shops, including an Ohio City flagship location that offers a tasting tour. Alternatively, check out Honey Hut, a local favorite that subs-in honey (versus sugar) to sweeten their ice cream.

Cincinnati residents are certainly familiar with Greater’s Ice Cream, which began operations with an ice cream cart in 1870s. Now a national brand, the family-owned business has strived to stay true to a traditional, small batch ice cream making process. More adventurous ice creamers might want to check out Cincy’s Buzz Bull Creamery, which  specializes in alcohol-infused ice creams and milkshakes.

Whatever flavor of ice cream you’re screaming for this summer, it’s a safe bet that one of Ohio’s original establishments will be there to keep you cool.

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Jeff Parker is an Entertainment Writer for BetOhio.com. A writer for film, television and the internet, Jeff is a life long movie buff, with an actual Masters Degree in Popular Culture. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he works full time as documentary filmmaker and producer.

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