BY JULIE COLLETT APRIL 19, 2021 NOON
Ice cream and cookies and cakes ... oh my! If you’ve been in the KC metro for long, you know we are not short on places to grab a yummy sweet treat. The area is filled with fun and unique sweet spots to keep you smiling all summer long!
If you happen to be in Belton splashing around at the outdoor water park, why not stop by One More Scoop afterward? New to the sweet treat scene in 2019, One More Scoop is quickly gaining a following thanks to their homemade ice cream. You certainly can find old standby flavors like vanilla bean and strawberry, but also more unique options like Panther Tracks and Mama’s Texas Sheet Cake. Keep in mind flavors are switched up regularly, so something you are craving may not be offered. But hey, the worst that happens is you have to go back, right?! They even have gluten-free, nut-free and dairy-free options too!
The Scoop at Martin City is another great option if you are out south, maybe having some pizza at Minsky’s or grabbing a bite at Dos De Oros (featured in our taco tour last fall!). Offering vegan and dairy-free options, this shop is sure to offer something to suit your taste buds. Located in a stand-alone shop in the parking lot of KC Running Company, this is the perfect outdoor place to try the “delicious ever-changing flavors,'' as my friend Krista put it! Join the Scoop club and receive exclusive offers like two-for-one deals ... and who doesn’t love two-for-one ice cream?!
If you haven’t been to the new Wonderscope yet, how about doubling your
pleasure and treating yourself to Cookies and Creamery right after? Cookies and Creamery is Kansas City’s newest “sweet spot,” set to open late spring or early summer. With a totally different concept than anything else we’ve seen in KC, this is a place you won’t want to miss. Owners Steve and Kiffany Bosserman want to showcase local treat-makers, as well as women and minority owned businesses. Steve shares, “Cookies and Creamery is a spectacle of an ice cream shop ... like a Made in KC, but for sweets.” The shop will feature locally made Sylas and Maddy’s ice cream, Mary’s Mountain cookies, Shatto milk, Popculture popcorn and Cottontale KC cotton candy (their sister company). The signature item, Creamwiches, will be offered on menu and as a build-your-own option too. Check their Instagram @cookies_and_creamery for news on pop-ups around the metro and their official opening!
I Am Frozen Dessert Cafe, located in Overland Park, is just the place to hit after bouncing at Urban Air or walking around Deanna Rose for an afternoon. Named as one of the top 33 ice cream places in the United States by Thrillist, I Am serves shaved ice cream and honey toast. Ann, one of the owners, says, “What makes I Am unique is combining the snowy texture of shaved ice and the creaminess of ice cream into this perfect eye-popping frozen treat.” I Am is as aesthetically pleasing as it is yummy, with a relaxing and calm atmosphere and “eye-pealing” treats. If you haven’t tried I Am Frozen Dessert Cafe, add it to your list of “must go” places!
Sweet Caroline’s, located in Stanley Station, is the perfect stop after hanging out at the Overland Park Arboretum, Leawood Nature Center or the Blue Valley library branch. Local and family owned, this little hot spot makes their own fudge, hand-dipped caramel apples, chocolate treats, cocoa bombs and large hand-dipped strawberries (only available Valentine’s week). They carry popular bulk candy, nostalgia candy and chocolate dipped cones for their ice cream, which is locally made. Jenna, an Overland Park mom of two, says, “They have amazing caramel apples. A huge variety—my favorite is the ‘apple pie’ caramel apple. Such good ice cream flavors too—Kansas Twister is one of my favorites!”
While shopping downtown Overland Park or checking out the newly renovated Thompson Park, stop into chef-owned Popculture Gourmet Popcorn & Ice Cream. Popculture offers traditional flavors of popcorn like kettle corn, butter and caramel, but also unique gourmet flavors such as Dr. Pepper with Vanilla, Wing Night and Ranch, and KC Tailgate. Kudos to Popculture for vegan, gluten, and dye-free options of popcorn too! But it doesn’t stop there—Popculture also has up to 20 different ice cream flavors. With names like Milky Way and Smurf, how could your interest not be piqued?!
If you happen to be playing at Lake Olathe or Ernie Miller Nature Center this summer, pop into Sweet Thang and Cafe, located in west Olathe. Serving ice cream and sundaes, as well as warm sandwiches, they have lots of tasty things to order. Upon browsing their flavors, I saw more than 40 offered, with delicious temptations like Cherries N Cream or Nutella Hazelnut, along with some other unique options like Fun Dough and Garbage Can. “The kids and I try a different ice cream every time we stop in. We’ve liked them all! The Mama’s Italian sammie is good too!” says Lynsey, an Olathe mom of three. Sweet Thang is open for in-shop purchases, or, if you’d rather, you can also order online for pickup or delivery.
Looking to get those creative juices flowing? Head into Creative Culture for a little DIY project and a gourmet milkshake. Featuring flavors like Key Lime Pie, Birthday Cake and Smores, they serve a milkshake like no other! All shakes are served in a mason jar that you get to take home, along with whatever DIY project you choose. Many options are available for different ages and price points. Drop in the next time you are downtown or check out the newest location at Prairefire!
Julie Collett is a mom of four, and yummy sweet treats are just one of the ways to her heart!
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