It was 8pm, Monday night June 25th at the corner of Grange Hall and Patterson Rd in Beavercreek. The yellow shining bulbs were unmistakable. A crowd of about 50 was milling around the parking lot, or seated at picnic tables eating sundaes, cones and footlongs.
Welcome to Dayton’s beloved soft serve ice cream mecca, Jet Freeze. The legendary Beavercreek eatery has been the place to cool off with frozen treats for over 60 years !!
There are 2 types of people. People who love Jet Freeze and people who have never heard of it …. We hope to change that for some of you today. This is one of our favorite places for a Food Adventure since the early 1970’s.
HERE’S THE SKINNY:
— Jet Freeze is located in Beavercreek at 4014 E. Patterson Rd.
— Summer Hours – NOON – 10PM, Winter hours of 11am-7pm everyday (September – April).
— They do not have a bathroom and there is limited booth seating in dining room. The big change this year, is after about 4 decades, the stone tables have been replaced with wooden picnic tables by the front parking lots.
— Opened in 1957, as a mom and pop ice cream spot, it still is owned by the same family. The third generation of which is now helping manage the coolest spot in Beavercreek.
— What is Jet Freeze’s secret to great taste? The answer is two-fold. First, fresh milk. They use gallons of milk at a time as the base for the 95% fat-free treat. Secondly, they Mix original Flavors in-house. This is especially true for their strawberry, peanut butter and blueberry ice cream.
— Great, low prices… even the largest soft serve cones are a little more than $2. It is very cheap to eat here . Jet Freeze has chocolate and vanilla soft serve as their mainstays and these cones are delicious. On hot days they tend to slide, so make sure your tongue is ready to start licking !
This place has established itself as a favorite over multiple generations. We have been coming here since Jimmy Carter was president and the same MUST EATS, then are some of the same ones now. Here is what need to know about to make your Food Adventure to JET FREEZE the best one possible
PEANUT BUTTER SUNDAE:
This is an absolute favorite for decades. They make their own, Homemade peanut butter sauce, mixed on site. It is a secret family recipe, guarded by a few. The kind of thing where one bite makes you collapse in joy. It is addicting and one of the richest, best tasting sundaes we have ever eaten. TIP: You have to get whip cream, nuts and a cherry. Those extras make the sundae.
FOOTLONG HOT DOG:
The long thin hot dog is a simple, yet delicious treat to put you in a time warp back to your youth. It’s a no frills treat, yet hard to find in today’s world. We recommend topping the dog with onions, mustard and relish. Really feeling a throwback? Order the footlong cheese coney. It is messy, but it will make you say “yum” with your mouth full.
STRAWBERRY SOFT SERVE ICE CREAM:
Another homemade secret recipe flavor that is mixed in-house. This flavor has really caught more traction as a favorite the past 10 years. What kind of a cone has a cult following? This one does, try a bite and you will see why. It is rare to see Strawberry flavored ice cream in soft serve circles. The management told us the strawberry flavoring is specially mixed by employees every day. It is a one of a kind taste and some of the best we have ever had. Again, a homemade recipe guarded by a few.
Your typical American favorite, constructed by the book. It has a boat dish filled with vanilla ice cream, drizzled with hot chocolate, pineapple topping, and strawberry flavoring. Topped off with 2 long banana slices, whipped cream and nuts, it is the monster of the menu. Sit on the picnic table and eat this one and you will get some “oohs and aaahs” from the crowd. A perfect treat for 4th of July.
BLUEBERRY SOFT SERVE ICE CREAM aka SMURF ICE CREAM:
The new favorite on the menu for the last couple of years. This flavor is only available late May through early September. This is the same as the “smurf ice cream” offered at King’s Island. It is rare and hugely popular. Grab a big waffle cone for this flavor. We bet you fall in love with it too.
Honorable Mention: The Peanut Butter and Banana Shake with chocolate ice cream. This would make Elvis blush. Also try the Hot Fudge Sundae (always a winner). Finally, the Butterscotch Sundae will make you will melt into your chair with pleasure. These 3 are creamy and dreamy.
You can catch various other flavors at certain random times through the year as the family experiments with new tastes. Last winter we enjoyed PUMPKIN SOFT SERVE ICE CREAM. Rumors of a PEACH ice cream have swirled as have rumors of an ORANGE DREAMSICLE FLAVOR.
Stay tuned to this humble little shop, with the legendary reputation. Visit and bring yourself back to a simpler time.
At Jet Freeze “cooler heads always prevail.”
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