Nelson’s Ice Cream

There is not a better place to go to in Minnesota for some spectacular ice cream, at a great price.  

This place is the hidden gem of Stillwater, MN. The shop is a bit difficult to find, but once you walk through that door and are greeted by their smiling faces (and 46 different ice cream flavors) you will realize that it was more than worth the journey.

At Nelson’s the sizes range from a “kiddie cup” to famous “Lumberjack”. All filled with delicious Brown’s Ice Cream.

First of all, we can tell you from experience that the best thing to get is the Lumberjack! It is the most expensive thing on the menu, but if you have never had one, it should be on your bucket list. Yes, it is that good.

Once you decide what product fits your price range and stomach capacity, you look up at their big, colorful, chalk-drawn flavors on the wall and begin to drool.

You see the unique flavors.  The very popular Superman (Blue  raspberry, cherry, and vanilla  ice creams all swirled together), or maybe Peppermint Stick, Bubble Gum, or Elephant Tracks. You see the classics: Chocolate, Vanilla, Peppermint Bon-Bon , and chocolate chip. Which flavors will you choose?

Back to talking about the famous Lumberjack. It is the most ice cream a person can get for $10 and actually eat. Picture this: five softball size scoops of one of their 46 different flavors of ice cream, with one of their three toppings (hot fudge, chocolate, and whipped cream). There are over 2,000,000 possible combinations. Does it get better than that? Yes. If you finish it ALONE, you get your picture on their famous wall of spectacular ice cream eaters and become instantly famous. Also included is the extreme satisfaction of defeating it.

That is what my sisters, mom, and I received since we all shared it. To us not getting our picture on the wall didn’t matter, it was the fact that after two years of trying, we finally succeeded. Trust me, you and your children will wait for this day all year. In our house, it is a day filled with almost as much excitement as our birthdays and Christmas morning.

Sarah – ★★★★★
Kirsten – ★★★★★
Emma – ★★★★★

OVERALL – ★★★★★

Price Range: $2-10

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On a side note, this article has been in my drafts for over a year now, so just as a clarification, these pictures are from both our 2013 summer trip and summer 2014 trip.

The day of which we went in 2013 was a lovely, cool and breezy day, so we had no problems devouring the Lumberjack before it melted down. In 2014 though, we were not nearly as lucky and it was hot! Almost 85 degrees, which would have rendered a Lumberjack useless, because it would have diluted into a  soup-like mess within minutes. Therefore, since the Lumberjack seems to be a time-consuming consumption, we decided to all get kiddie cups in which ever flavor we desired. Both years were delicious, although I would have to say that it seemed as though they had changed the Zanzibar chocolate flavor, for I was not nearly as fond of it the second time. It was all delicious none the less!

Lots of potential ice cream dreams headed your way,




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