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Indulge in Deliciousness

Welcome to Horatio's Homemade Ice Cream.  We are a local, family-owned and operated small batch ice cream shop downtown Custer, South Dakota, the oldest town in the Black Hills.  We are located in the 1881 First National Bank of Dakota Territory, listed on the National Register of Historical Places. We make all of our ice cream in-house and aim to provide a rotation of ice cream, sherbet, and non-dairy options which are rich, creamy and flavorful to locals and tourists alike. Flavors are every changing, keeping it fresh! Enjoy them while they last in a fresh made waffle cone.  Ice cream as good as gold!

Scoops of Happiness


Rich Chocolate 

Cinnamon Grahams

A cinnamon ice cream with graham cracker crumbs


Earthy, yet fresh.

Strawberry  Sorbet

Non-Dairy option made with a sugar, water and Strawberry Juice


It's just good


Bold Coffee Flavor


A blend of Blueberries and Rhubarb

Chocolate Froconut

This non dairy option is made with a coconut base.


Pistachio ice cream with pistachios.

Milk Chocolate M&M

Milk Chocolate Ice Cream with M&M pieces

Grape Sherbet


A sherbet is made with a fruit puree or juice, sugar, water and a small amount of an ice cream base.

Pint Flavors:

Banana Peanut Butter Cup, Berry Cherry, Bluebarb, Butter Pecan, Chocolate, Chocolate Mint Andes, Coconut Snowball, Coffee, Cotton Candy, Key Lime Pie, Maple Nut, Milk Chocolate M & M, Mint Chocolate Chip, Mocha Almond Brownie, Peanut Butter Cup, Pink White Chocolate, Pistachio, Road Less Traveled, Salted Caramel Brownie, Sour Cream & Onion,  Vanilla, Berry Blend Sherbet, Grape Sherbet, Non-Dairy Mango Sorbet, Strawberry Sorbet, Non-Dairy Coffee Oatrageous, Non-Dairy Chocolate Froconut.

menu options for Horatio's Homemade Ice Cream
A homemade chocolate chip sandwich with vanilla ice cream.

Grab & Go

Craving a delightful treat on the fly?  Check out our freezer section for quick grab-and-go items, featuring an array of tempting choices to satisfy your sweet tooth, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

🍨 Pints:  Indulge in your favorite flavors, whether it's classic vanilla, rich chocolate, or  a refreshing fruit flavor.

🍦 Ice Cream Bars: Experience the perfect blend of creamy goodness and crunchy satisfaction with our ice cream bars. 

🥪 Ice Cream Sandwiches: Craving a nostalgic treat? Our ice cream sandwiches are the ultimate comfort food. Sink your teeth into layers of soft cookies hugging a generous scoop of premium ice cream.

🍰 Ice Cream Cakes: Celebrate any occasion with a Horatio's Homemade Ice Cream cake! 


 Whether you're stocking up for a cozy night in or grabbing a quick treat on the run, Horatio's Homemade Ice Cream has everything you need to satisfy your cravings. Don't settle for ordinary – indulge in extraordinary flavor experiences with us! 🎊🍨

The Scoop...

Who's Horatio?

Horatio's Homemade Ice Cream earns its namesake from local legend, Horatio Nelson Ross-who was the first person to discover gold in the Black Hills in July 1874.  Ross came to Custer as part of General George Armstrong Custer's Black Hills expedition.  Ross's discovery spurred a gold rush, which led to Custer's population boom, but when prospects of finding gold became better elsewhere, Ross became one of Custer's few remaining inhabitants.  He never made money from gold, but instead became one of the area's first unoffical tour guides by taking others to where he discovered his gold-French Creek, which runs just across the street from our ice cream shop.  Ross died a poor man and is buried in the local cemetery just north of town.  Each July, Custer celebrates and honors his discovery and the founding of our town with the annual Gold Discovery Days celebration.

Horatio Ross, Discover of gold, Black Hills, South Dakota.


The buzz around town is all about Horatio's Homemade Ice Cream, and it's no surprise why! Recently featured on several local news stations, this beloved ice cream hotspot is capturing hearts and taste buds with its delectable frozen treats and innovative flavors

Black Hills Visitor Ice Cream maker


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