Cool Treats Around North Canton, Take 2

The search for good ice cream treats in North Canton is not much of a challenge. Sundaes or banana splits with a side of hot dogs or steak burgers can be found from the north end to the south side of town

Have a craving for a three-scoop banana split with whipped cream, fresh nuts and a cherry on top? There’s a place for that right down Cleveland Avenue at Milk & Honey. Here are a few more cool places to get a triple scoop of  glorious frozen heaven.

Ro's, with the big neon ice cream cone on the roof at 1166 S. Main St. in North Canton has – according to owners Jan and Denny Albert – become a North Canton institution. Ro’s has served cool treats to ice cream connoisseurs for more than 21 years. Jan’s parents started the business 25 years ago and Jan and Denny bought it from them not long after.

Ro’s offers frozen yogurt from Sugarcreek, sundaes, frozen custard, ice cream floats and sandwiches. They have a shredded chicken sandwich that packs the bun.

“Our hot dogs are delicious. We buy them from a distributor in Columbus and they are very good quality,” Denny Albert said.

“Everyone says our chocolate custard is better than any other place they have had it and that’s because we buy real ice cream custard that has 10 percent butter fat.”

One of the specialty sandwiches includes the "prairie dog" that is a hot dog topped with barbecue pork instead of coney sauce. Ro’s also uses Heggy’s hot fudge for their sundaes. While everything is good, milkshakes are made the old-fashioned way and are the biggest seller with "concretes" (ice cream mixed with candies or cookie dough) coming in second.

“We have been here for so many years that the city told me we have become a North Canton institution,” Denny Albert said.

Ro’s is open from mid-March to October. Summer hours are 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. and 1 p.m.-10 p.m. on Sundays. Spring and fall hours vary.

Milk & Honey

This ice cream and candy shop is another Stark County treasure that opened in 1962 and has been in the same location at 3400 Cleveland Ave., Canton, ever since. Dwayne Cornell now owns the company that was started by his parents and has left the format pretty much the same all these years, making eating at Milk & Honey an old-fashioned experience.

“I started working for my dad when I was 13 years old," Cornell said. "My first job here was to make chocolate, fudge and nuts."

Milk & Honey offers 23 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream along with floats, 78 different combinations of sundaes, hot waffle sundaes and a full grill menu with sandwiches and homemade soups.

Need more reason to go there? There's also a candy store, bins of fresh-roasted nuts and they offer ice cream cakes and pies. With all of those offerings, Cornell thinks they are best known for their banana splits with three super-sized scoops.

“We make thousands of banana splits over a summer. The ice cream is all hand-dipped for the banana splits and they are really big,” Cornell said.

Milk & Honey is open year-round, seven days a week from 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. There are two dining rooms. The front room looks like the old-time soda shops with a giant neon ice cream cone on the ceiling, a lunch counter with round metal stools and booths. The back dining room has a front end of a car sticking out of one wall and the other walls display old license plates.

, Eadies PDQ, and Sonic Burger

If you want to continue to find variety, stop at Laura’s Candy, Nuts, & Ice Cream at 815 N. Main St. in downtown North Canton, where you will find Ben Heggy’s candy and nuts as well as a side window where you can order ice cream.

PDQ is located on Wise Avenue in North Canton and offers ice cream, sundaes, floats and a full-grill menu.

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt at 2041 E. Maple St. offers a long list of ice cream flavors, yogurt, sundaes and ice cream bars. And the new Sonic America’s Drive-In restaurant on Maple Avenue across from offers a variety of milkshakes and other frozen treats.

K Nixon May 09, 2011 at 02:44 PM
I love Handel's! But I grew up in Youngstown and it was always THE place to go. I remember standing in line for almost an hour on any weekend to get a cone. And that was with 6-8 windows open!
Emily Chesnic May 09, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Thanks, Pat! I am loving these suggestions, as I am in my last two months of pregnancy and really craving ICE CREAM these days!
john May 11, 2011 at 11:18 AM
Over 50 years ago, the highlight of my summer was my Dad's company family picnic at Meyers Lake, and the chocolate custard that they sold there - It was the best. Since I've been in North Canton for about 30 years now, Ro's "custard" takes me back to those summer memories. When it comes to soft serve ice cream, Ro's has captured that long ago magic..( and they are only 2 blocks from my house...oh yeah..!!)


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