When temperatures rise, we can’t help but crave a scoop of ice cream. Not that we need an excuse to enjoy the messy, creamy treat all year long! Our region is home to shops offering everything from frozen yogurt to homemade ice cream. Here are seven of our favorite spots to get your fix of Sarasota ice cream.
The Orange Octopus
Located less than two miles from Siesta Beach, The Orange Octopus is the perfect place to grab some Sarasota ice cream after a day in the sun. The ice cream is handmade and slow-churned on site without any flavor additives. There are 24 flavors to entice you, ranging from classic Vanilla to bold Kentucky Honey Bourbon, with real bourbon swirled into it! Order scoops in a cup or a cone, or mix it up with a shake!
Joe’s Eats and Sweets
Joe’s Eats and Sweets stands out loud and proud in neon colors along Bradenton Beach. This is some of the best Sarasota ice cream you’ll find, with its smooth and custard-like texture and delicious flavors. The shop also sells homemade fudge alongside its homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbets. Bring a date and take your cone across the street to enjoy the beach at sunset.
Big Olaf Creamery
Big Olaf Creamery offers a variety of hand-mixed ice creams and yogurts made by local Amish craftsmen and churned in batch freezers. The ice cream is made using only high-quality ingredients and premium grade A milk. Even the waffle cones and fudge are made in-house! The menu has something for every ice cream lover, including soft serve, smoothies, blended coffee drinks, and hand-spun milkshakes.
For a healthier Sarasota ice cream option, SunniBunni is the place to go! The delicious frozen yogurt and farm-fresh fruit smoothies are loaded with probiotics that are good for your gut! If you’re a chocolate lover, try the Dirti Bunni made with almond milk and chocolate yogurt. Order your yogurt on its own or add fruit, nuts, chocolate, and other toppings to spice things up.
SweetBerries makes its frozen custard fresh at least twice a day so no matter what you choose, you won’t be disappointed. You only have three choices for flavors: vanilla, chocolate, and a flavor of the day, but you can add a number of mix-ins from candy pieces to caramel sauce to make it more interesting.
Abel’s Ice Cream
Abel’s Ice Cream sells Florida-made ice cream and dairy-free sorbets. This shop is hand-scooped perfection, featuring over 40 flavors of traditional and specialty flavors. Choose how your favorite flavors are served up –– in a cup, a cone, or as a split or sundae.
Pop Craft Pops
When you’re craving something cold and creamy on a stick, Pop Craft Pops has you covered. The homemade popsicles range in flavor from chocolate-dipped peanut butter to caramel sea salt to blackberry mango. The shop even creates popsicles for vegans and those looking for gluten-free and sugar-free options.
What is your favorite Sarasota ice cream shop? If you’re moving to downtown Sarasota or are just looking for a new home in the area, we’d love to hear about your favorites and show you around our brand new luxury apartment community! Swing by our leasing office or take a virtual tour of our luxury apartment homes online. Give us a call at (941) 621-6876 to schedule a tour!
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