Ice cream is a sweet way to cool off from the Iowa summer heat. And in the Des Moines area, there are lots of options for the delicious treat. Here are a few of the best-loved ice cream shops around town.

Bauder's Pharmacy
This local favorite has the old-timey feel of a 50s soda fountain. Bauder's peppermint bars are also a staple at the Iowa State Fair. 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bauder-Pharmacy/121235987925823

Black Cat Ice Cream
Although Black Cat is still relatively new to the area, it already has a lot of loyal fans. It features six rotating seasonal flavors, and is the perfect treat for a stroll downtown.
http://blackcaticecream.com/

Chocolaterie Stam
For those looking for something a little richer, Chocolaterie Stam has European gelato in a multitude of flavors. It also offers a host of chocolates and other treats.
https://stamchocolate.com/index.aspx

Classic Frozen Custard
If you're more into frozen custard, Classic Frozen Custard is the way to go. With a multitude of flavors available in scoops, shakes, sundaes, and more, there's sure to be something everyone can enjoy.
https://www.facebook.com/Classic-Frozen-Custard-96428359246/

Snookie's Malt Shop
Snookie's is a Beaverdale landmark. It features delicious soft serve flavors, and even offers free "pup cones" - so feel free to bring the dog along!
https://www.facebook.com/Snookies-Malt-Shop-1429100857341462/

Sweet Swirls Rolled Ice Cream
Sweet Swirls is a unique experience in the Des Moines area, with ice cream made fresh to order and served in rolls rather than scoops. The shop has two locations as well as a truck that travels during the summer months.
https://www.sweetswirlsrolledicecream.com/about

The Outside Scoop
The Outside Scoop is delicious homemade ice cream made with lots of fresh local ingredients. In addition to their store, Outside Scoop has a truck that is easy to follow with the hashtag #TrailTheTruck.
https://www.outside-scoop.com/about

Van Dee's Ice Cream Shoppe
Looking for something a little more whimsical? The soft serve ice cream cones at Van Dee's come with sugar eyes to make your cone just a little bit more fun.
https://www.facebook.com/VanDeesIceCreamShoppe/