Ice cream is a sweet treat for any time of the year. The most difficult decision is where to go to get the best version of the popular dessert. The Quad Cities has many options like Whitey’s, Dairy Queen, Cold Stone, Peachwave, and more. All of the ice cream shops have their own set of pros and cons.
Whitey's is a local favorite and one of the busiest ice cream locations, but for good reason. Whitey’s has over 30 regular flavors with seasonal flavors added like pumpkin, egg nog, and peppermint. Although Whitey’s is usually busy, the line moves pretty quickly in store and in the drive thru. One scoop in a regular cone costs $2.56
including tax. If you’re looking for something special or unique from Whitey’s think about getting a sherbet freeze, a menu item that many people don’t even know exists. You choose either orange or watermelon sherbet and add a flavoring. Watermelon sherbet with raspberry flavoring is a great mix. If you’re looking for something classic, chocolate chip cookie dough in a waffle cone is a great bet. The nearest Whitey’s locations are in Bettendorf on Middle Road, Davenport on East 53rd Street, and at the Northpark Mall.
Dairy Queen is a less elaborate ice cream store, with three ice cream flavors but many other ice cream treat options. Dairy Queen serves Blizzards, a thick milkshake treat that comes in many flavors like cookie dough, banana split, Oreo, and Reese’s. Dairy Queen also serves sundaes, Buster Bars, Dilly Bars, milkshakes, slushies, and ice cream cakes. At the Bettendorf and Northpark Mall locations, Dairy Queen is also combined with Orange Julius, for their original twist on orange juice and fruit-flavored smoothies. Most stores aren’t too busy unless it’s the summer time. Dairy Queen is a great ice cream choice if you’re looking for classic choices.
Cold Stone is a more expensive choice for ice cream, but is worth it. A small, which is approximately four ounces, is $4 and the price goes up as you add more toppings. The first topping is free, with each additional topping costing $0.75. You can also have your ice cream served in a waffle cone or bowl for an additional $1 or a chocolate dipped waffle cone or bowl for $2. The store is not very busy on most days. Although Cold Stone costs more than ice cream from other stores, it is a good place to go every once in awhile or for special occasions.
Peachwave is a different type of frozen treat store because it serves frozen yogurt. Peachwave is located in Bettendorf on Devils Glen Road and prices its yogurt at $0.45 per ounce. They have many flavors to choose from including chocolate, cupcake, pistachio, peanut butter, coffee, banana, and salted caramel. It also offers low fat or reduced sugar versions of some flavors. After you choose your flavor, you can add candy toppings, waffle cone pieces, gummies, and chocolate or caramel syrup. The store is pretty quiet and has comfortable seating and enjoyable music. Peachwave is a good option if you want a cold treat with a twist.
Overall, the Quad Cities has a variety of ice cream and frozen treats to keep you always finding something new to try.