Iowa is the home of the ice cream capitol of the world, so of course we have some of the best ice cream ever! If you’re anything like me, and most people, you have a sweet tooth that can only be satisfied by some delicious Iowa ice cream. So, here are 10 ice cream shops that are sure to satisfy your next sugar craving.
1. Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor in Le Mars
The Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor offers endless options of some of the best ice cream Iowa has to offer. Blue Bunny, of course, is owned and operated by Wells Dairy in Le Mars, the ice cream capitol of the world.
2. Whiteys Ice Cream in Iowa City
Whiteys Ice Cream offers a huge variety of delicious flavors, both classics and new variations, that are sure to satisfy your sugar craving.
3. Over the Top in Pleasant Hill
Over the Top is a family-owned and operated ice cream shop. They offer over 30 premium homemade ice cream flavors and a variety of chocolates, truffles and custom chocolates. Their store offers a classy but comfy environment to enjoy some of the best ice cream in Iowa.
4. Heyn's Ice Cream in North Liberty
Heyn's Ice Cream has two locations, in Iowa City and North Liberty. They offer samples, which is always great, and have lots of fun new flavors as well as the old classics.
5. Birdsall's Ice Cream Co in Mason City
Birdsall's Ice Cream Co is a great local shop, with a traditional, somewhat retro atmosphere. They are known for their delicious "Midwest" taste.
6. Granny's Sweet Freeze Shoppe in Des Moines
Granny really must know best, because Granny's Sweet Freeze Shoppe is a hit. They are known for their delicious ice cream, good prices and generous servings.
7. Mars Dairy Bar in Perry
Mars Dairy Bar is a great attraction in the area and is popular for their many flavors of ice cream and delicious old fashioned sundaes and malts.
8. Van Dee's Ice Cream Shoppe in Johnston
Van Dee's serves lunch as well as ice cream and is a popular spot in Johnston. Their ice cream with candy eyes is sure to be a hit with the kids.
9. Wilton Candy Kitchen in Wilton
Founded in 1860, the Candy Kitchen is the oldest ongoing Ice Cream Parlor/Soda Fountain in the world and has been serving visitors ice cream, lunches and candy for over 150 years. Wilton's is very popular throughout the state and is well known for its delicious, homemade ice cream and toppings. Their Greek Super Sundaes are especially popular.
10. Smoky Row Coffee in Oskaloosa
Along with coffee, breakfast and lunch items, Smoky Row serves up some sweet dishes like sundaes, splits, shakes, floats and more.