This story has been updated to include new information for the 2022 season.
In the scorching summer heat, what is the best — and most delicious — way to cool off?
There are unique ice cream shops in every corner of the county, so no matter where you are, you're always close to a sweet treat.
Here are eight of the most popular and beloved ice cream shops in Livingston County.
Blank Slate Creamery
This newer ice cream shop in downtown Brighton has a variety of unique flavors, including balsamic strawberry or fresh basil. They also offer vegan options such as non-dairy chocolate cold brew and fruit sorbets.
The Blank Slate Creamery is located at 126 E. Grand River Ave. They are open 3 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.
For a wide range of soft-serve ice cream flavors, try Dairyville in Fowlerville.
The ice cream shop is frequently updating its menu, including seasonal flavors like cheesecake and pumpkin in the fall. The most popular soft-serve is the Gladiator cone with blueberry and lemon soft-serve twisted together to match Fowlerville schools' iconic purple and gold.
You can also get ice cream on the go with Dairyville's drive-through service.
Dairyville is open daily from noon to 10 p.m. and is located at 447 W. Grand River Road.
One of the newest ice cream shop ins the county is NautiMI on the River — a Michigan-sourced gift shop on the Huron River.
NautiMI, which opened in April 2021, has nautical-themed gifts and offers 18 flavors of Hudsonville Ice Cream and two flavors of dairy-free Rosati Ice.
If you can't decide which flavor you want, try the "Look Who's Nauti Now" sandcastle pail with 12 scoops of ice cream, whipped cream and cherries.
NautiMI on the River is located at 9260 Mcgregor Road in Pinckney. The store is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
The Creamatory at Screams Souvenirs
The best way to cool off in the fires of Hell is with some ice-cold treats.
The Creamatory at Screams Souvenirs offers Hershey's ice cream with toppings that include bat droppings (chocolate chips), fairy farts (sprinkles), toenails (toasted coconut) and eyeballs (cherries).
The ice cream shop also makes waffle cones on demand, so they are still warm when you get them.
Visit Screams Souvenirs in the hamlet of Hell at 4045 Patterson Lake Road in Pinckney. The store is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
With a massive menu and an abundance of outdoor seating, everyone will enjoy Cap'n Frosty in Pinckney.
Cap'n Frosty has plenty of simple soft-serve sundaes to pick from, but the most well-known are the hand-dipped specialty sundaes with a multitude of toppings.
Kids love the Blue Moon and Superman and, for the adults, try the cappuccino crunch or the dark chocolate raspberry.
Cap'n Frosty is noon to 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday and 3 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. The ice cream stand is located just off of M-36 at 9245 Bernice Drive in Pinckney.
Whistle Stop Ice Cream Caboose
Enjoy some classic soft-serve ice cream from a non-traditional store at Whistle Stop Ice Cream, which is located inside a repurposed train car.
The train car was built in the early 1940s and traveled the country before being parked in Howell in the late 1980s.
Whistle Stop has a variety of soft-serve and hard-packed ice cream, and frozen yogurt to choose from. The most popular flavor is Michigan Pothole with chocolate ice cream, fudge swirls and fudge pieces.
The train car is located at 2385 E. Grand River Road in Howell. Whistle Stop is open 3 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
M Street Baking Co.
M Street Baking Co. in Howell is known for its custom cakes, but the bakery also offers a rotating menu of loaded milkshakes.
Each milkshake is topped with cookies, candy and miniature cupcakes. The bakery offers five milkshake flavors at a time, with a new featured flavor each week.
The most popular include the strawberry shortcake shake topped with golden Oreos and a strawberry shortcake ice cream bar and the birthday party shake with animal crackers, rock candy, a lollipop and cotton candy.
M Street Baking Co. is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at its downtown Howell location, 117 N. Michigan Ave.
Jack's Custard and Cakes
Whether you want a single scoop or enough ice cream to feed 24 people, Jack's Custard and Cakes has you covered.
The downtown Brighton custard shop has single-serve scoops, sundaes and shakes, as well as large custard cakes and trifles to go.
Try the Cookie Monster, which is blue vanilla custard with Oreo and cookie dough, or the Brighton Bulldog sundae which has layers of brownie, fudge and vanilla custard.
Jack's Custard and Cakes is open noon to 8:30 p.m. daily and is located at 415 Mill Pond Lane in Brighton.
Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know which ones should be included in future articles by calling or texting (517) 377-1065.
Contact Sara Kellner at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @skellner21.
Sophia Lada contributed to this report.
This article originally appeared on Livingston Daily: Ice cream shops in Livingston County offer wide variety