It is going to be a hot one today!!!! I figured it is the perfect day to share with you some AWESOME ice cream shops in Central Iowa! Yes, I know there is Dairy Queen and about a billion different build your own ice cream/yogurt places, but we have some even better local ice cream shops in the area.
505 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines
Yes, this is on the top of my list because I have a slight obsession 🙂 What is better then just an ice cream cone? Ice cream in between TWO cookies! They place Anderson Erickson ice cream between two yummy, homemade cookies. Yes, it’s to die for and if you have not tried a Thelma’s, you are missing out. Fortunately, Thelma’s is sold in a lot of the local Hy-Vees, Fareways, and in some restaurants! They even have a special edition made for Zombie Burger called the Zombie Mint Chocolate Chip. Check out all of their awesome combos and where you can buy them here!
Snookies Malt Shop
1810 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines
Snookies is located in the Beaverdale area and is a class ma and pop ice cream store! Not only do they serve ice cream, but they also have shakes and malts. They will even give your dog a FREE pup cone, when you bring him or her along! They have lots of outdoor seating, where you can enjoy your tasty treat. They are only open for the warmer season, so you definitely want to make sure you check them out this Summer! Also, follow Snookies Malt Shop on Facebook to keep up to-date!
1910 Cottage Grove Avenue, Des Moines
639 Franklin Street, Pella
111 E. Monroe Street, Pleasantville
109 S. Market Street, Oskaloosa
Not a lot of people think of or remember Smokey Row as a stop for ice cream, I do all the time! This local, coffeeshop is much more then just a coffeeshop! They offer yummy sandwiches, salads, treats and ICE CREAM! They offer old fashions shakes & malts, sundaes, banana splits, root beer floats, tornadoes (similar to a blizzard), coffee-ice cream drinks, and more! This is the perfect place to stop if you are looking for ice cream AND a caffeine boost, which is me on most days 🙂 For their complete menu check here!
Classic Frozen Custard
4000 SE 14th Street, Des Moines
2437 Adventureland Drive, Altoona
I had completely forgotten about this gem until recently. I remember stopping here when I was little and had to have their Lemon Custard! It was so rich and creamy. Located on the South side of Des Moines, they also have a new location in Altoona, right near Adventureland! Make sure you are following Classic Frozen Custard on Facebook, where they announce special deals and flavors!
Van Dee’s Ice Cream Shoppe
5915 Merle Hay Road, Johnston
Another cute ma and pop ice cream store! These are my favorite 🙂 Not only because the ice cream treats are delish, but you get to know the staff when you visit frequently! This is another ice cream shoppe that is only open for the Summer months, so make sure you check it out while it’s hot out! They offer weekly flavors and specials also. Follow them on Facebook here!
Marble Slab Creamery
2310 SE Delaware Avenue Suite 0, Ankeny
Marble Slab Creamery is very similar to a Cold Stone Creamery, but I think it’s better 🙂 They have homemade ice cream, yogurt or sorbert; amazing choices of mix-ins and yummy waffle cones! If you are in Ankeny, this is where you need to go for your ice cream treat! Check out their website for deals!
The Outside Scoop
602 N Jefferson Way, Indianola
So, not only is The Outside Scoop Ice Cream Shop and Restaurant located in Indianola, but they also have a FOOD TRUCK! Food trucks are the “thing” this Summer in Central Iowa! I tasted them at the Food Truck Throwdown a couple weeks back and it was A-MAZING! Yummy! They have some interesting combos including Maple Bacon & Goat Cheese with Roasted Cherries. Make sure you follow their Facebook page to see when and where their food truck is!
Over the Top
955 NE 56th Street, Pleasant Hill
Located in Pleasant Hill, Over the Top is more then an ice cream shop. They also offer lunch, chocolate, and truffles. This local business makes their ice cream and chocolates right in shop. They offer a huge window where you can see them make the ice cream right there! Check out their website here!