Ann Arbor has plenty of options when it comes to ice cream, but how can anyone differentiate between all of the flavors and just pick one? Ben and Jerry’s and Kilwin’s are both great American brands, but they are chain stores. The Washtenaw Dairy is a classic local place, but the ice cream is no longer made in Michigan. Although the Italian flag logo may be misleading, Stucchi’s was actually founded in Ann Arbor, and it is still locally owned. All of their products are made in Michigan.
Stucchi’s was founded back in 1986 by two brothers. According to the legend, “The name Stucchi’s (pronounced stew cheese) was a founder’s nickname from high school, which came from an Italian painter. That’s the reason for the Italian flag in some of the logos.” They opened their first store on State Street, and after the first year the demand for their products was so large that they opened another just several block away on South University. In addition to the two stores on the University of Michigan campus, Stucchi’s also has locations in Dexter and Alma, Michigan. Pints of their ice cream can be found in many stores around Ann Arbor and in the greater Metro Detroit area.
Stucchi’s has the quality and flavor selection to match any competitors. They have over 40 flavors of ice cream, over 20 flavors of frozen yogurt, and several delicious fruity sorbets, including a Michigan cherry flavor. If you happen to crave ice cream on your birthday, you can stop by any Stucchi’s location and receive a free single scoop with the purchase of another single scoop. If supporting Michigan products is your style, then keep Stucchi’s Ice Cream in mind! ~Jack Durham, Regional Director