Ice cream for every mood in Des Moines

The Outside Scoop, outside

There are few things that are more satisfying on a hot summer’s day than ice cream. Whether you’re a fan of tried-and-true chocolate or love a new, funky flavour, there’s no wrong choice when it comes to frozen treats.

And luckily for us, there’s no shortage of places in town where you can sweeten your season. Here are six Des Moines ice cream parlors that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth this summer.

Nostalgia: Bauder’s

3802 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines

If you’re looking for a taste of nostalgia, look no further than Bauder’s on Ingersoll. Originally a drugstore, Bauder opened in 1916 and by the 1930s began serving sweets at the soda fountain. Today the pharmacy is gone, but the ice cream remains. Grab a scoop of old-fashioned ice cream or indulge in a shake or malt. Plus, Bauder’s is the Iowa State Fair’s favorite peppermint ice cream bar maker, which you can now find in store year-round.

Preferred Neighborhood: Snookies Malt Shop

1810 Beaver Ave, Des Moines

Photo via Snookies Malt Shop on Facebook

You know warmer weather is coming when the Snookies Malt Shop opens for the season. This Beverdale fan favorite has been serving ice cream lovers for decades. Under the glow of Snookies’ iconic neon sign, customers of all ages will find dipped serving cones (complete with Snookies’ signature animal cracker), sundae, malt and more. And if you’re visiting a furry friend, be sure to get a pint-sized puppy cone.

Creative Ice Cream: Black Cat Ice Cream

2511 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines

Megan Bannister / Little Village

When you visit Black Cat Ice Cream, you will find great flavors made with the highest quality ingredients. This Drake neighborhood store serves a small selection of seriously delicious artisanal ice cream and has awards to back it up. Black Cat not only uses natural, grass-fed dairy products sourced from local producers to make their ice cream, but they are always creating new flavours. From lemon black sorbet to honey cornbread to Red Velvet Oreo, there is something here for everyone. Literally – Black Cat usually has at least one or two vegan and gluten-free options on their menu. Plus, the store is named after the ice cream-loving cat, Boo Bear. Seriously, how could you not love that.

Southside Basic: Classic Frozen Custard

4000 SE 14th St, Des Moines

Megan Bannister / Little Village

With a catchphrase like “Once you lick it, you’ll love it,” you don’t need anything else. But when you visit Classic Frozen Custard on the south side of Des Moines, you’ll also find some really great desserts. All flavors at Classic Frozen Custard are made fresh daily and the menu rotates according to availability. The store offers a variety of sweets in really large quantities. Grab your custard to go outside or window pans, or stay in to sample your food at the store’s picnic tables. Or get custard packaged in pints or quarts to enjoy at home later.

East Side Tradition: Albany District

2219 E University Ave

An East Side tradition since 1990, Dairy Zone is a favorite among ice cream lovers. While this seasonal eatery has some delicious food options, like tenderloin and pizza pockets, what they’re really known for are the hurricanes. These sugary mixes come in a variety of flavors that feature different candy bars and cookies.

Treats on the go: The Outside Scoop

602 N Jefferson Way, Indianola
2410 SW White Birch Dr Suite 100, Ankeny

For The Outside Scoop, what started as a small operation in Indianola has since expanded into a fleet of pink ice cream trucks, along with an additional brick-and-mortar location in Ankeny. Since its opening in 2010, The Outside Scoop has become locally famous for its unexpected and innovative flavors – like Dutch craft and goat cheese with toasted cherries – and elevated ice cream trucks.

This article was originally published in Little Village Central Iowa Version 003.

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