Jul 8, 2021 - News

Des Moines ice cream guide: 3 top scoops

Three scoops of birthday cake ice cream on a cone held up next to a Classic Frozen Custard sign.
Birthday cake cone from Classic Frozen Custard. Photo: Linh Ta/Axios

Axios Des Moines' Linh Ta has something to admit β€” she's eaten a stupid amount of ice cream this summer.

  • She's listed a few of her latest frozen endeavors, and yes, they were all 10 out of 10.
Classic Frozen Custard

🍦: Birthday cake

πŸ‘ πŸ‘Ž: Huge cone for just $3.77, but couldn't eat it fast enough so it melted all over my hand. Amateur.

πŸ’­: This pastel-sprinkled treat is deliciously thick and creamy. Most importantly, nothing beats the nostalgia of yelling your order at the drive-thru speaker that's older than you.

πŸ“ 4000 SE 14th St., Des Moines

Frio

🍦: Lime

πŸ‘ πŸ‘Ž: Refreshing, natural taste for just $3. Wish it was closer to Des Moines.

πŸ’­: My eyes were drawn to the vibrant green color. This Mexican ice cream shop had fun flavors like Mangonada. Definitely an underrated stop.

πŸ“1114 First Ave., Perry

A cup of lime-flavored ice cream.
Lime ice cream from Frio in Perry. Photo: Linh Ta/Axios
Black Cat Ice Cream

🍦: Hawaiian Punch sorbet

πŸ‘ πŸ‘Ž: Super creative and fun to eat for $5. Make it a permanent flavor!

πŸ’­: The taste brought me back to the Hawaiian Punch on tap at McDonald's β€” in a good way. It holds the fruity tang without the overwhelming sugar that leaves your mouth red and gritty.

πŸ“2511 Cottage Grove Ave., Des Moines

A cup of bright pink Hawaiian Punch-flavored ice cream.
Hawaiian Punch sorbet at Black Cat Ice Cream. Photo: Linh Ta/Axios
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