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Where to Buy Local for Ice Cream in DSM

2021 Ice Cream Guide

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is continuing to look local first when it comes to buying from Greater Des Moines (DSM) shops, restaurants and more. By supporting small businesses, the money you spend in the region will stay within the community. This week’s #DSMlocal buying guide is for ice cream, frozen yogurt and other tasty treat options in the region, so check out the featured items below for where to cool off with a cone or dish in DSM.

Ice Cream Options

Billy’s Ice Cream Store

Featured Item: Ice Cream
Description: Located in Adel, Billy’s Ice Cream Store specializes in ice cream treats like soft serve cones, malts, shakes and sundaes along the bike trail.

Black Cat Ice Cream

Featured Item: Classic Flavors
Description: Try Oatmeal Cream Pie, Red Velvet Oreo, Coffee & Donuts, Saturday Cereal or Georgia Peach Molasses. All ice cream is made with grass-fed natural dairy and locally-produced ingredients.

Cardinal Corner

Featured Item: Strawberry Cheesecake (July Flavor of the Month)
Description: Cardinal Corner in Newton offers an outdoor patio to enjoy flurries, slushies, floats, cones and cups, sundaes, malts and more.

Dairy Queen (Indianola, Waukee + Windsor Heights)

Featured Item: Blizzard
Description: Try a limited time Blizzard® this summer: Nestle® Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookie, Girl Scout Tin Mints®, DRUMSTICK® with Peanuts, Brownie Batter, Frosted Animal Cookie, Raspberry Fudge Bliss or Cotton Candy.

Dari Barn

Featured Item: Specialty Sundaes
Description: Try one of the new sundaes: Cow Pie, with chunks of milk chocolate pretzels and sea salt caramel, or King Kong, with bananas, peanut butter and Krunch Kote.

Fiss’ Ice Cream, Subs, Salads

Featured Item: Ice Cream Pints + Quarts To Go
Description: Fiss’ menu offers flavors to go, along with items like the Hot Caramel Sundae, Turtle Sundae, Sand Trap Sundae, Brownie Sundae and, of course, the Hot Fudge Sundae.


Featured Item: Banana Split
Description: In Winterset, Frostee’s is the place to visit for ice cream this summer.

Jersey Freeze

Featured Item: Root Beer Floats
Description: Taste Jersey Freeze ice cream submerged in root beer. If you’re looking for another sweet treat, try the slushies, Jersey Freezers, cones, shakes, malts or sundaes.

Just Chillin’ Frozen Treats

Featured Item: Frozen Treats
Description: Located at the Bondurant Famers’ Market and other local events, Just Chillin’ offers frozen goodies to Bondurant, Altoona and surrounding areas.

La Michoacana Ice Cream

Featured Item: Ice Cream Bar
Description: Try flavors like Peach, Guava, Pistachio and more at Paleteria La Michoacana.

Monarca Gourmet Paletas

Featured Item: Ice Cream Popsicles
Description: Enjoy a locally made gourmet paleta that you can dip in a chocolate of your choice (dark or white chocolate, cookie butter or chocolate hazelnut), sprinkle with your favorite topping (oreo, coconut, graham crackers, almonds, pistachio, peanuts, fruity pebbles, miguelito, sprinkles or granola) and top with your favorite drizzle (condensed milk, chocolate, caramel, strawberry or chamoy).

Over the Top Ice Cream

Featured Item: Cannoli (July Flavor of the Month)
Description: The Cannoli is based on the popular Italian dessert and tastes like Cannoli filling with chocolate flakes.

Sweet Swirls Rolled Ice Cream (Ankeny + Bondurant)

Featured Item: Rolled Ice Cream
Description: Pick your flavor, mix-ins and sauce to create your own personalized rolled ice cream. Shakes and ice cream cakes are also available.

The Outside Scoop (Ankeny + Indianola)

Featured Item: Homemade Ice Cream
Description: The Outside Scoop boasts 24 flavors on a rotating basis in its stores and five to seven flavors on a rotating basis in its trucks.

Other Options

Chocolaterie Stam

Featured Item: Gelato
Description: Try gelato flavors at Chocolaterie Stam along Ingersoll Avenue near Downtown DSM.

Kona Ice of Central Iowa

Featured Item: Shaved Ice
Description: The mobile Kona truck offers shaved ice in a variety of flavors, including the top 10: Blue Raspberry, Tiger’s Blood, Groovy Grape, Island Rush, Lucky Lime, Monster Mango, Ninja Cherry, Pina Colada, Strawberry’d Treasure and Watermelon Wave.

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

Featured Item: Vegan Frozen Yogurt
Description: Menchie’s offers several vegan dessert options throughout the year.


Featured Item: Frozen Yogurt
Description: Indianola’s best frozen yogurt spot also offers smoothies, coffee and more.

You can find our complete Restaurant Guide here.

The original #DSMlocal Buying Guide offers gift ideas for a variety of recipients from bookworms to pet lovers and more. Throughout the year, The Partnership will continue to add even more buying guides to encourage buying local, curated with DSM shops, restaurants and service providers in mind for shoppers like you! The Partnership’s most recent guides are listed below:

If you’re a business owner and Member of The Partnership interested in being featured in one of the buying guides, sign up here.

Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 400 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.