If you should ever be traveling to or through Greensboro, NC and you’re craving a tasty hot dog and/or a flavorful ice cream cone, navigate your way to Yum Yum Better Ice Cream and Hot Dogs located on the University of North Carolina Greensboro campus and order up some good eat’n.
Yum Yum’s menu is simple: hot dogs, packaged chips, soft drinks and ice cream. The scrumptious hot dogs are a bright red color and served with your choice of slaw, chili, mustard and/or onions. The delicious ice cream (said to be made in their factory in the back room), comes in 18 flavors. Service is fast and your taste buds will be happy.
As of August 2013, hot dogs are priced at $1.70 each and a single scoop of ice cream is $2.25 (the portion is large). Bring cash, it’s a cash only business and be prepared for the crowds. There is both indoor and outdoor seating, but the seats fill quickly.
When founder Wisdom B. Aydelette, Sr started the business in 1906, he sold his ice cream from a cart in downtown Greensboro. In the 1920s, the business set up shop on the UNCG campus. Back then, the business was named West End Ice Cream since it was on the western city limits of Greensboro. At some point, a flavor of ice cream was introduced called Yum Yum that was so good, the customers would comment by saying, “Let’s go get some of that Yum Yum ice cream”. I guess the name stuck. In the early 1970s, Aydelette was forced to vacate the building when UNCG decided to use that land for a new administration building. It was at that time they moved the business 100 yards away into a renovated office building which is the current location. The Aydelette family still owns the business today.
Pay a visit to this Greensboro treasure. You and your taste buds will be happy you did!