After a hot, humid day at the beach, there’s nothing better than a frozen treat to cool down! Whether you’re looking for a gourmet popsicle or locally made ice cream, here are the best spots in Destin, Florida and on 30A for a delicious dessert.
Swell Pops. You can find these gourmet popsicles at multiple spots around town! There is a Swell Pops kiosk at Grand Boulevard in Sandestin and many restaurants also offer coolers stocked full of these tasty treats. A few include Camille’s Cafe, La Paz, Harbor Docks, The Gulf on Okaloosa Island, and more. They can also be delivered to your vacation rental or event! I’ve tried quite a few flavors and I think Cookies + Cream is my favorite!
Pink Coyote Dessert Co. There’s nothing better than a view of Crab Island and a beautiful sunset as you enjoy homemade ice cream! Pink Coyote Dessert Co. is located at Deweys Snoballs and serves several staples and seasonal flavors. Their ice cream starts with raw rBST-free milk from Florida dairy farming families and is sweetened with non-GMO cane sugar before they add in scratch made chunks and swirls.
Pecan Jacks. Located on 30A right across from the Ed Walline Regional Beach Access, Pecan Jacks offers an amazing selection of locally made ice cream. Enjoy a cone after your beach day or stock your vacation rental’s freezer with pints of your favorite flavor. For those 21 and older, they also have alcohol-infused ice cream! I’m very excited for their new Destin location to open!
Blue Mountain Creamery. This family owned and operated creamery serves delicious ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet. There is often a line, but a scoop in their fresh waffle cones is definitely worth the wait!
Nigel’s 30A. For a unique treat, stop by Nigel’s in Seaside. They dip frozen bananas and ice cream bars into Belgium chocolate, which are then topped with sprinkles, cookie crumbs, candy pieces, peanut butter drizzles and more! You can also enjoy an ice cream soda, boozy float and beer/wine by the glass.
And here’s a little tip from a local photographer – ice cream makes the perfect bribe to get your kids to smile for their family photos in Destin! With the promise of a sweet treat after your session, they’ll definitely cooperate for the camera. I love working with families and kids to get both posed and candid photos during your vacation. Learn more about my Family Sessions here!