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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.