Ice Cream

Family-owned and operated, Ember Coffee Co. also serves super premium ice cream! Housed in the same space formerly occupied by Fudgin' Delicious, Ember serves 24+ flavors of ice cream, Italian ice and dairy-free desserts based on almond and coconut milk. Combining two of the best treats in life (coffee and ice cream), Ember is here to make a living room style atmosphere for the town of Big Lake, our neighbors down the road, and anyone passing on through.

We would love to serve you with your family and friends.

Home of "The Ember Scoop"

Ember Coffee Co. is home to the Ember Scoop, an additional small scoop of another flavor to top off your cone. This is a unique thing that you’ll only find at Ember. In truth, the owners used to live in St. Paul and there was an ice cream shop there that served these scoops. Unfortunately, that shop did not survive beyond the pandemic, but their legacy lives on in Big Lake. The Ember Scoop is our way of being creative (core values) and lighthearted. It’s a reminder that “small is significant,” and that joy can be found in surprisingly tiny sizes. 

Facts About Our Ice Cream

We only serve super premium. So what does the super-premium in “Genuine Super-Premium Wisconsin Goodness” mean? Simply put, it means the best around! But if ‘simply put’ isn’t your thing, and the intricacies of ice cream making excite you as much as they do us, then let us entertain you with the fun world that is super-premium ice cream.

No one overruns less than we do. To be considered super-premium, ice cream needs an overrun of less than 50%. Ice cream overrun refers to the amount of air pushed into the ice cream while it is being made. Standard overrun for ice cream is around 100%, which means that the ice cream is made with one part air to every one part cream. Our ice cream is 35-40% overrun, meaning we add one part air to ever three parts cream. Enough nerd speak! Our ice cream is dense, creamy, and good to the last drop from the last bite of your waffle cone!

Why Is overrun important? So why should we care how much air is added? Because the lower the overrun, the creamier, smoother and richer the ice cream tastes. Less air translates to fewer ice crystals, and fewer ice crystals means you get that melt-in-your-mouth creaminess that you can’t get anywhere else.

We love butterfat! I hope you do too! But low overrun isn’t all there is to super-premium ice cream. To earn this delicious seal of approval, ice cream has to contain at least 14% butterfat. This rich content of butterfat adds to the creamy, luscious texture and the full-bodied taste that super-premium treats are famous for. That’s super-premium in a nutshell, but like we say, a taste is worth a thousand words, so don’t leave it up to our words to convince you. Head down to your local Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream dipper and taste the super-premium difference for yourself.

We only serve Chocolate Shoppe. And it's nothing like you get from a soft-serve fast food or the grocery store down the street. We serve ice cream appreciated by ice connoisseurs from THREE-year-olds to NINETY-three-year-olds. 

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company began in 1962, when Chuck Sr. and Nancy Deadman decided to open their very own candy and ice cream shop. Their vision was to provide the community with a bit of happiness by serving homemade candy and ice cream. They held the philosophy that quality lies at the heart of every marvelous treat shop, and with this, Chuck Sr., master researcher, tinkerer and perfectionist, set out on a mission of making the best ice cream he could. After countless batches of ice cream, and tweaking and adjusting machinery, he came up with his own original, super-premium ice cream flavors to offer at their shop, located on Monona Drive in Madison, Wisconsin. After 60 years of continued innovation, Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company now encompasses four ice cream parlors and a manufacturing plant in Madison, Wisconsin. The manufacturing facility produces more than 100 super-premium, award-winning ice cream flavors, and supplies more than 400 small, independent restaurants and scoop shops nationwide.