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Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Food, PLACES AND THINGS | 3 comments

Best Ice Cream Tampa Offers – Top 10 Shoppes

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When I sat to pen the Best Ice Cream Tampa Offers article I quickly realized that ice cream consumption is not equal between Tampa and her sister cities.  St. Petersburg eats more ice cream  than any other city in the greater Tampa Bay area.  Perhaps, it is the tourism of the beaches or perhaps it is just a local fluke, but you will be hard pressed to find ice cream in the quantity one finds it at the beaches.

Top 10 Ice Cream Tampa Stops:


Super Scoops

Super Scoops is owned by a retired couple that loves people,  loves scooping ice cream, and loves chatting.  The ice cream is all Working Cow ice cream. The owner pointed out, it cost the store more money for Working Cow, but you get what you pay for.  Working Cow is amazing.  I crave the ice cream from Super Scoops and go regularly every two weeks like clockwork.  The portions are large with no hollow scoops (industry trick).  They also have a candy wall, not a counter, but a wall with rare candies like Razzles and the flashlight candy.  The owners are friendly with a family atmosphere.  Super Scoops has a reward program with a punch card and right now I have enough punches for almost two free ice creams.  Who is coming with me?

11025 Gulf Blvd
Treasure Island, FL 33706
(727) 360-6200

La Unica Michoacana Ice Cream Shop

The La Unica Michoacana Ice Cream Shop is amazing.  They serve up ice cream and frozen desserts with a Mexican flair like none other.  They serve items like strawberry pops, banana, mango ice cream, coconut ice cream – the list goes on.  You know what happens when you get a tummy full of sweet ice cream? You crave salty.  Well, La Unica came up with tacos from heaven.  So, eat your dessert first then down a few tacos.  Tacos like carne asada, chorizo, chicharron y pico de gallo – drooling yet?  Oh, it does not stop there for sopecityos de papa con chorizo is served, pork tacos, soles and flautas.  Food like only an ‘buela could make and ice cream just as sweet.

2800 N Macdill Ave
Tampa, Fl
(813) 770-2184

Beach Snoballs

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Beach Snoballs is Orleans-style shaved ice with a creamy texture.  The snoballs come in tiny, small, medium, large and monster sizes.  They come child friendly flavors and drunken flavors.  Yep, liquor reference.  Bahama mama, pina colada, rasta colada, sucker punch (vodka and lemon), mojito mojo, mai tai and wedding reception (almond cake flavor with rum).  They also serve Slamagria, Funky Parrot, Vodka Live wire and the Humdinger.  One snowball for the kid and one snowball for me, thank you.

10927 Gulf Boulevard
Treasure Island, Fl 33706
(727) 379-2653

Bo’s Ice Cream

Bo’s Ice Cream  parlor serves up old school ice cream and soft-serve.  Remember those soft-serve cones dipped in caramel or chocolate magic shell with sprinkles or jimmies?  Bo’s is the perfect place for reliving those childhood memories of getting ice cream with your parents, grandparents or after church with friends.  They have vanilla, chocolate, and twist.  They also have shakes, sundaes, and banana splits.  They have old school hours, too, 11am-11pm.

7101 N Florida Ave
Tampa, Fl
(813) 234-3870

Candy Kitchen

The Candy Kitchen is a local treasure.  Want sugar?  Candy Kitchen has it in any form you could possibly want, need or imagine.  Need those little wax bottles filled with  juice, homemade turtles, waxed lips or even a three-pound gummy bear?  Candy Kitchen has it.  Need ice cream in chocolate, vanilla, superman, cookies n cream?  Candy Kitchen has that, too.  Want chocolate covered orange peels, old-school candy like Big League Chew, ya, you get the idea,  Candy Kitchen has it.  What do they not have?  Salad.  Who wants a salad after you been swimming all day – especially when there is so much ice cream Tampa offers up to enjoy in.

13711 Gulf Blvd
Madiera Beach, Fl
(727) 392-6803

Twistee Treat  St Pete Beach

Growing up the only place to get ice cream late was the Twistee Treat.  Twistee Treat was the place everyone hit after skating, movies, and church.  Matter of fact, a Twistee Treat building went up for sale when I was an early adult and I thought, “It would be so neat to buy that building because when people came over they would never get lost. I could tell people I was the fourth house on the block, the giant ice cream cone”.  I actually did not end up buying the giant ice cream cone building, but I still do eat the twistee treat ice cream.  Twistee Treat is old-school soft serve ice cream.  Got to try it.  It has been at the same location on Gulf Blvd for decades.

6900 Gulf Blvd
St. Pete Beach, Fl
(727) 367-7690

Bradentown Scoop Ice Cream Parlor

Bradentown Scoop Ice Cream Parlor serves up a local favorite, Working Cow.  Working Cow is  a local speciality for a reason.  It is good.  Not Breyer’s good.  Good good.  Their Butter Pecan has won national awards for ice cream, good.  I am lactose intolerant but I can eat Working Cow.  So, I strongly suggest if you are on the Tampa side of the Howard Frankland bridge stop off at Brandentown Scoop Ice Cream Parlor for some beyond yummy ice cream served up in a nostalgic atmosphere.

902 Manatee Ave E
Bradenton, FL 34208
(941) 757-0953

Schakolad Chocolate Factory

If you like chocolate you will love Schakolad.  Anything and everything you can imagine being made out of chocolate will be made at this shoppe.  Have not been to the Schakolad shoppe?  Time for a visit.  When I think of this shoppe, the opening scenes for the old Willy Wonka movie comes to mind.  No exaggerations.  Death by chocolate.  Amazing.

401 Central Ave
St. Pete, FL
(727) 892-2400

408 S. Howard Ave
Tampa, Fl 33606
(813) 259-1099

Amish Creamery Co.

Believe it or not, we do have an Amish presence down here on the beach.  We have a huge settlement of Amish in Sarasota. My mother, a native of the great state of Pennsylvania, loved seeing anything Amish because it took her home for a few moments.  As we all know Amish are amazing cooks and the people at Amish Creamery Co are no exception to that rule.  Amish Creamery serves up thirty-eight flavors of ice crew, fudges (of course), candies, snacks, kettle chips, and pretzels!!!  Let us not forget the pickled items, because what is a Pennsylvania Dutchman without something pickled on his plate?  They have pickled okra, beets, watermelon rinds, eggs, chow-chow, and cauliflower.  My mother would be so proud.

200-150th Avenue
Madiera Beach, Fl
(727) 397-8222


Kilwin’s is our local chain of chocolates and ice creams.  They make all the traditional candies, apples, corns, and brittles.  They have salt water taffy, chews, and caramels.  They have chocolates, toffees and caramels.  They have ice cream, too, in chocolate and other amazing flavors.  Kilwin’s is the old old-school parlor where one magic man can take a pound of sugar, heat it, and create something extraordinary in front of your eyes. By the way, they also give tours.

160 Johns Pass Boardwalk               312 John Ringling Blvd
Madeira Beach, Florida                     Sarasota, Florida
(727) 397-9800                                   (941) 388-3200



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Audra Christian

Audra M. Christian is an avid writer, and a knower of all things in Tampa Bay. She is a native St Pete saint and lives in St Pete, Florida with her husband, motley crew of daughters and tiny little maltese, Zsazsa Gabor.

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  1. Here is the correct link for Kilwins: (the link in the article is for Kiwins – Kiwanis Club).

  2. Thank you!

  3. You guys need to check out this place. They make everything in house and is so good

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