Best Ice Cream in Des Moines

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ice cream des moinesDes Moines has a variety of ice cream shops to enjoy this summer and beyond. From unique flavored hardpack, candy-eyed soft serve, rolled, paletas, old-school and modern, try out a new ice cream today!

Here’s a roundup of some great places to get ice cream or other frozen treats on a hot Iowa summer day.

Ankeny

The Outside Scoop
2410 SW White Birch Drive
Handmade artisan-style batches, hand-packed, and full of robust flavor thanks to their use of local ingredients. Get your ice cream in homemade waffle cones, specialty sundaes, root beer floats, shakes, and storms.

Sweet Swirls
303 SW School St.
They have been rolling ice cream on a cold plate with lots of mix-ins and sauces to top it off since 2017. Rolled ice cream is their specialty but also check out their cakes, shakes, hand-packed pints, and cookie sandwiches!

Adel

Billy’s Ice Cream Store
308 Nile Kinnick Drive S
Stop by Billy’s while out on the Raccoon River Valley Bike Trail. Beyond ice cream, they have ice cream pies, walking tacos, burgers, and other fare to keep you fueled for your ride.

Clive

Monarca Paletas
9901 University Ave, Suite 150
Monarca offers customizable paletas or ice cream popsicles! First, you choose your favorite flavor from their fresh and locally made gourmet paletas. You then can choose to dip it in a chocolate of your choice, top it with many different topping combinations and finally drizzle it with even more options.

Des Moines

Bauder Pharmacy
3802 Ingersoll Ave.
You may know the Bauder name from the Peppermint Ice Cream Bar they sell at the Iowa State Fair. But, the Ingersoll location features homemade ice cream and an old-fashioned soda fountain.

Black Cat
2511 Cottage Grove Ave
Black Cat is back in a new location in the Drake neighborhood. Their funky, yet yummy, flavors include Saturday Cereal, Cherry Dutch Letter, Coffee & Donuts, and more.

Classic Frozen Custard
400 SE 14th St.
This is a southside gem known for its rich, creamy custard. Their large portions and fun flavors make them a great old-school neighborhood ice cream place.

Dairy Zone 
2219 E. University Ave.
DairyZone is known for its “Tornadoes” which are soft-serve ice cream whipped up with all kinds of goodies. Their most popular are Monster Cookie and Jolly Rancher.

Granny’s Sweet Freeze Shoppe
3417 Hubbell Ave.
This east-side shop has been a family business for more than 30 years. They have a vast assortment of ice cream, old-fashioned sodas, doggie dishes, and arctic swirls.

Snookies Malt Shop
1810 Beaver Ave
This walk-up (and drive-thru) shop has been a long-time local favorite serving ice cream, malts, shakes, and other treats. Dog lovers appreciate their pup cones too!

Grimes

Heavenly Delights
105 E. 1st St
Nestled in quaint Grimes, this shop has “Monster Cones” that have little candy eyes. They have Bourbon Pecan Pie and Blueberry Cream Pie as ice cream flavors to satisfy your pie cravings.

Johnston

Van Dee’s Ice Cream Shoppe
5915 Merle Hay Road
The candy eyes on their “Eye Scream” cones make for extra friendly ice cream at this seasonal, neighborhood landmark. Check out their soft-serve ice cream in rotating weekly flavors and other treats.

Pleasant Hill

Over the Top
955 NE 56th St.
They make all their own ice cream and waffle cones here. And, “over the top” of your scoop of ice cream, they put a small bite of a different flavor for you to sample as well!

Waukee

Home Sweet Cone *Coming Soon*
1188 SE University Ave
Scheduled to open Summer 2021, follow their Facebook page for updates. With teases of flavors like chocolate-covered pretzels in a double chocolate ice cream base, you’ll want to support this new shop soon.

Waukee Ice Cream Shoppe
530 Walnut St.
Family-owned and operated ice cream shop featuring 30 soft serve and 20 hard-pack ice cream flavors and specialty sundaes. They recently added a drive-up window, making it even easier to get a treat.

West Des Moines

Totally Rolled
5545 Mills Civic Parkway, Suite 103
Watch them roll each individual ice cream order on a cold plate with the freshest ingredients right in front of your eyes. Customize your order with mix-in ingredients, such as fresh fruits or your favorite candy bar.

The Des Moines area has some amazing local shops for frozen treats. There are also several chain locations that are good as gold like Baskin Robbins, Coldstone Creamery, Dairy Queen, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Rita’s, and Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt.

Bonus: If you like gelato, be sure to check out Chocolaterie Stam!

What’s your favorite place to cool off with a sweet treat?

 

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