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There’s nothing quite like a cool and creamy scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day. In fact, there’s nothing quite like it any time of year! The irresistible sweetness of ice cream is hard for anyone to pass up. 

Gatlinburg is filled with ice cream possibilities – some traditional and some unique. Here, you will find old-fashioned offerings, and larger-than life creations. Be sure to put at least one of our favorites on your list. 

1. The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar 

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The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar opened its Gatlinburg location in 2021. Locally-owned, this is the first location to open its doors in Tennessee. 

Here, the signature offering is “The Crazy Mason”. These over-the-top creations are served up in a classic mason jar. Each Crazy Mason has a colorful name to match like, Build Me Up Buttercup, Butter My Waffle, Dashing Through the Dough, and I Like Big Buns. 

Just to put “The Crazy Mason” into perspective, we will use the Butter My Waffle offering as an example. According to the website,  you will enjoy, “Vanilla Ice Cream mixed with crushed Butterfingers in a chocolate and caramel-swirled jar with a chocolate fudge rim rolled in crushed Butterfinger. Topped with a pearl sugar waffle, Butterfinger bar, and crushed Butterfinger, finished with caramel, chocolate sauce and whipped icing.”

2. Mad Dog’s Creamery and Donuts

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Mad Dog’s Creamery and Donuts is located on East Parkway, just outside of the busy center of Gatlinburg. Mad Dog’s is part of the Johnson Family of Restaurants, which operates The Alamo Steakhouse, Bennett’s Pit BBQ and Mama’s Farmhouse. 

If you are in the mood for a hand-dipped cone of your favorite flavor, you can count on Mad Dog’s. Have a taste for something a bit more? Try a classic banana split, milkshake, or sundae. 

Mad Dog’s Creamery and Donuts is a top-choice for Gatlinburg ice cream, as it is fur baby-friendly! 

3. Kilwin’s Chocolates and Ice Cream

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Located directly on the Parkway, Kilwin’s is a timeless treasure. The minute you step inside, you will be welcomed with a friendly smile and the delicious aroma of freshly-made fudge and waffle cones.  

Look a bit closer and you will see that Kilwin’s offers a delicious selection of homemade ice cream. Each small batch of ice cream is crafted with their special recipe. Grab a few toppings or enjoy alone in a homemade waffle cone. 

4. Maddi Mae’s Cafe and Creamery

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Located inside The Village Shops, Maddi Mae’s Cafe and Creamery is another fantastic option for a frozen treat in Gatlinburg. This location was originally known as The Village Cafe & Creamery and opened its doors in 2006. In 2021, the creamery was purchased by Maddi Mae’s. 

You can enjoy a variety of ice cream flavors at Maddi Mae’s. Seasonally-inspired milkshakes are a popular option (pumpkin spice in the fall!), as well as the Dole Whip.

The next time you visit Tennessee, be sure to fuel up at these top restaurants in Gatlinburg before you stop into these Gatlinburg ice cream at one of the locally-owned cafes and shops.