What’s the best thing about summer? ICE CREAM. While dedicated ice cream lovers like myself eat ice cream all year round, there’s something extraordinarily pleasing about indulging in a cool and delicious ice cream cone in the heat of summer.
With vacationers out and about for the summer, Branson’s ice cream demand increases along with the temperature on the thermometer. Luckily, the city is home to some seriously delicious ice cream that will help you beat the heat this summer.
Cakes & Creams Dessert Parlor
Address: 2805 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson MO 65616
Hours: Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.-midnight
Walk through the doors of this old-fashioned 1950’s themed dessert parlor and encounter 50 different flavors of ice cream. Browse the huge selection of ice cream, sundaes, banana splits, malts and shakes before you make your selection, but don’t expect it to be an easy choice. With so many options, from chocolate, vanilla, butter pecan and rainbow to rocky road, mint chip, cookies and cream and chocolate rain forest, all you ice cream lovers have a difficult choice to make!
Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery
Address: 2005 W. Hwy. 76, Branson MO 65616
Hours: Monday-Thursday noon-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday noon-11:30 p.m., Sunday noon-10:30 p.m.
More info: http://www.maggiemoos.com/
A local chain, I thought this place was still worth mentioning because you can get an ice cream pizza here. Yep, you heard correctly: ice cream pizza. Not to mention, ice cream dream cakes, frozen yogurt, ice cream cupcakes, milkshakes, specialty combinations in a waffle cone and a ridiculous amount of flavors and mix-ins that will have you drooling before you even reach the counter to order. For just about everything ice cream, definitely make a visit to this place.
Mr. B’s Ice Cream Parlor
Address: 102 S. Business Hwy. 65, Branson, MO 65616
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Although small, this ice cream parlor offers a great selection of absolutely delicious ice cream. Taking on that “old time ice cream and soda shop” appearance, you’ll not only get the unique experience here but your taste buds will thank you for the visit too. Try one of their old-fashioned soda floats — you won’t be sorry.
Address: Inside the Keeter Center, 1 Opportunity Ave., Point Lookout, MO 65726
Hours: Monday-Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
I’m still stuck on the Arnold Palmer ice cream that I tried here a few weeks ago … seriously delicious. But this ice cream is made from fresh dairy produced on campus at College of the Ozarks and you can taste the difference. The fresh cream makes classic flavors like chocolate and vanilla taste exceptionally great, but Nettie Marie’s also offers specialty flavors like Bobcat Crunch, with oatmeal cookies, toasted almonds, pecans and white chocolate chips, so you might just find your new favorite here like I did!
Choose one of these local ice cream shops to cool off this July and indulge in some of Branson’s yummiest ice cream options!