1. Erma’s Frozen Custard
6451 Auburn Rd., Shelby Township;
From simple beginnings serving plain vanilla custard, Erma’s selection has grown to include everything from the more traditional chocolate chip to chocolate almond marshmallow.
2. Dairy Mat
35032 Woodward, Birmingham;
A prime location makes this stand a logical stop after shopping in Birmingham, watching the Dream Cruise, or hitting balls at nearby Poppleton Park.
3. Dairy Deluxe
33201 Woodward, Birmingham; 248-646-1810.
Its early February opening date every year is as much a harbinger of spring as robins and forsythia, and the fudge on its sundaes is nice and hot.
4. Guernsey Farms Dairy
21300 Novi Rd., Northville; 248-349-1466.
Reminiscent of a simpler time, the family tradition calls for eating your cone on the big rock outside the shop.
5. Vicky’s Homemade
26145 W. Six Mile Rd., Redford; 313-531-7777.
Vicky’s creamy butter pecan is a favorite for ice-cream purists, but kids go crazy for the taste of cake batter.
6. Rebecca’s Family Restaurant
& Ice Cream Parlor
134 N. Center St., North-ville; 248-348-2660.
Sanders hot-fudge cream puffs make this family restaurant a favorite.
7. Bob-Jo’s Frozen Custard
4071 Fort St., Wyandotte; 734-282-6818.
This season marks the 60th anniversary for Bob-Jo’s. The classic blue-and-white stand offers weekly special flavors.
8. Carmen’s Dairy
Bar & Grill
55 N. Rochester Rd., Clawson; 248-588-6010.
Carmen’s offers a sweet twist for its frozen custard: the option of a dip into Nestlé’s Crunch topping.
9. Calder Brothers Dairy
1020 Southfield Rd., Lincoln Park; 313-381-8858. calderdairy.com.
The Calder family has been filling cones, containers, and stomachs with their homemade ice cream straight from the farm since 1946. They recommend black cherry.
10. Country Dairy
24615 Harper, St. Clair Shores; 586-776-3350.
Country Dairy’s drive-thru means never having to leave the comfort of your air-conditioned car.
11. Wally’s Frozen Custard
20898 Harper, Harper Woods; 313-343-9059.
Famous for their custard, Wally’s also offers fat-free and sugar-free yogurt versions for the diet conscious.
12. Clark’s Ice Cream
3312 12 Mile Rd., Berkley; 248-541-6560.
This small store serves up super-size scoops so generous that the child size satisfies most adults.