Enjoy a scoop of Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream!

As you soak up the hot summer sun in these upcoming months, there are probably two things that sound really good: lemonade and ice cream. While there’s plenty of places in the Mahoning Valley that serve great lemonade (the Canfield Fair being one), today’s focus is on the best ice cream shop in the nation, a place that originated right in Youngstown – Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt.


History of Handel’s

Have you ever wondered how a great place became so great? Well we’re here to tell you exactly that, with a brief history of Handel’s! In the middle of a scorching summer day in July of 1945, Alice Handel began serving ice cream out of her husband’s gas station in Youngstown, Ohio. Alice’s original recipes used old fashioned techniques (some of which are still used today) and plenty of fresh fruit picked from her very own backyard! As Alice’s flavors took the small town by storm, Handel’s grew to become the successful shop that it is today.


Handel’s Today

Although Handel’s began nearly 72 years ago, the ice cream franchise is still considered one of the greatest ice cream success stories in the nation. Since its beginnings in a humble Youngstown gas station, it now has locations in seven states including California, Florida, Indiana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia and (most importantly) Ohio. In fact, in Ohio alone there are 24 Handel’s Ice Cream shops, five of which are located in Mahoning County! Whether you visit Austintown, Columbiana, Youngstown, Boardman or Poland, a Handel’s Ice Cream & Yogurt will be there to serve you its exceptional homemade desserts!

Fun Facts

  • Handel’s has over 100 flavors of homemade ice cream and yogurt- no wonder it’s nearly impossible to choose just one favorite!
  • Not close to a Handel’s? No problem! Handel’s ships its ice cream right to your door, packaged in a Styrofoam cooler with dry ice.
  • Locals aren’t the only ones that love Handel’s, notable fans of the ice cream chain include former Senator Rick Santorum, and Tom Cruise.
  • Handel’s success has been noted in several national publications including USA Today, People Magazine, Chocolatier Magazine and the U.S. News and World Report.
  • This isn’t just a small ice cream cone shop, Handel’s also makes customized ice cream wedding cakes and personalized ice cream carton labels!


Whether you want your ice cream shipped straight to your poolside or you’re stopping by a shop to get the full experience, Handel’s is a must-visit Mahoning County treat for this (hopefully) warm summer. Visit the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website for more details about Handel’s and its local locations!

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