The Scoop on Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor

Folks in Denton love their ice cream from Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream! You can find people wandering the downtown square any time of the year (because “good taste knows no season”) enjoying a scrumptious dip of ice cream in a waffle cone.

ice cream in waffle cone

The website claims,

With the unique checker-board floors, marble top counter, antique-style round tables, wire-backed chairs and pressed metal ceiling so familiar to ice cream parlors of long ago, Beth Marie’s has created the perfect gathering place for friends and family.”

I don’t think the folks at Beth Marie’s quite know what the ice cream parlor that existed a few blocks down in the early 1900s looked like! Thank goodness they didn’t try to copy it! Campbell’s Ice Cream stood at 118 E. Hickory Street, which is now a parking lot east of the Wells Fargo Bank. It seems so dingy and dirty. And, oh! Take a gander at the facial hair on the man behind the counter. I have nothing against well-groomed facial hair (on a man), as long as you can’t hide your breakfast in it. However, this man’s beard seems a bit much. If that fella is serving me I want those bristles encased in a hair net!

Campbells Ice cream store in early 1900s

We have a strange saying in our town, I am not sure what it really means, but it seems to be a mockery of Austin’s “Keep Austin Weird.” From that picture, it looks like we have been “Keeping Denton Beard” for a reeeally long time!

Fortunately, today’s Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream is much more appealing!

Beth Maries

If you want, and some people do, you can order “just plain vanilla.”

Plain Vanilla

Why would you do that, when they have over 100 different homemade (or at least made right there in the store) flavors from which to choose? There is an orange sherbet, (named for a well-loved local character) called “Frenchy’s Orange,” that is delicious! You could get “Maurice’s Muddy Mess,” which has chocolate brownies in it. Or, choose “Campfire Marshmallow,” which is like an ice cream S’more. I actually watched a woman cry big salty tears one day when they ran out of her favorite, called “Salty Dog.” If you know to ask for it, you can even get an ice cream with wine and Bleu Cheese in it called, what else, “Red Wine and Bleu.” It sounds strange, but actually is pretty doggone tasty!

For the very adventurous souls (who still have a healthy metabolism to burn the calories), bring your friends and try “KWs Extreme Sundae.”

KWs Extreme Sundae

It has EIGHT scoops of ice cream, EIGHT toppings, TWO cookies, TWO brownies, and ONE banana! I have gained EIGHT pounds just looking at the picture.

Beth Marie’s serves lunch from 11:00 to 4:00 with a variety of light fare including sandwiches (egg salad is my favorite), loaded baked potato, chili pie, chili/cheese hot dogs, potato salad, and soup. Don’t overload, because you definitely want a scoop of ice cream in a hand-made waffle cone to finish off the treat.

If you aren’t in the mood for lunch, I suggest you visit Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream in the early evening. Indulge in a scoop (or two) of your favorite flavor. Then you can come with me at 8:00 p.m. on a Ghost of Denton tour to walk off the calories!

Interior View of Campbell’s Ice Cream Store, Photograph, n.d.; digital image, ( : accessed July 20, 2013), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Denton Public Library, Denton, Texas.

  2 comments for “The Scoop on Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor

  1. July 20, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    That Sunday is HUGE! When I come to Denton, we’re getting one to share. That place looks awesomely cool.

    As for the place, I think it’s so cool that they make their own ice cream. Several years ago, my husband and I were vacationing in the Hill Country and saw an ice cream parlor (sort of like the one you describe here). We rushed inside thinking they’d have all sorts of flavors. Nope. Vanilla, chocolate, Neapolitan, and strawberry. Period. Hahaha.

    • July 22, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      Catie, when you come to Denton, and we share one of those, we are going to have to invite 15 passersby to join us! It’s a HUMONGOUS sundae. You won’t be disappointed by the number of flavors they have here … trust me!

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