Food & Drink

Sweet Treats in the 'Loo


posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019

Seems like summer gets everyone in the mood for something sweet. Well no worries, Waterloo has all of your tasty treats covered!

Need a sweet something to help you cool off? Look no further than some of the best ice cream spots in Waterloo.

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2 Scoops Ice Cream Shoppe (photo  by Micah McCutchan)

2 Scoops Ice Cream Shoppe | 403 Franklin St | 319.233.5262
2 Scoops is known for its multitude of hand-scooped flavors and friendly staff. They also have fresh, homemade waffle cones to stack your 2 (or maybe more!) scoops high in.

4 Queens Dairy Cream | 207 E Tower Park Dr | 319.232.1600
4 Queens twistable soft serve flavors like orange cream, strawberry, and black raspberry are what make them stand out! They also offer a selection of other icy desserts like malts, shakes, snowstorms, and flavor blasts.

Hansen’s Dairy | 3015 Kimball Ave | 319.234.3309
Made fresh in Hudson, IA, Hansen’s hard-dip ice cream treats are the things of ice cream dreams. This location is also a small grocery store selling all of Hansen’s Dairy products and high-quality local foods.

If you want to skip the cold eats and try something delicate and sweet, look no further than

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Boujee Berries

Boujee Berries | 621 Sycamore St | 319.529.2949
With a huge selection of gorgeous hand dipped and decorated treats, chocolate covered strawberries never looked (or tasted!) so good.

Looking for a baked treat? Waterloo has you more than covered! With two donut shops, several bakeries, a cupcakery, and a baking company!

Icon Donuts and Sweetery | 1730 W Ridgeway Ave | 319.249.0259
Icon Donuts is known for its signature pastries like a white Russian inspired donut called “The Dude,” a coffee cream filled “Java the Nut” donut,  and “Donutella,” a Nutella style donut to honor everyone’s favorite ninja turtle.  They also offer a daily vegan donut and other tasty bites like brownies and cheesecake!

Rockets Bakery  | 331 E 4th St | 319.232.5967
Rockets is known for their ‘out of this world’ confections like donut cakes and homemade scones. They have a steady stream of classic, crazy, and colossal donuts and pastries in their case every single day.

Donuts not really your style? There are plenty of other spots in Waterloo to grab a baked treat.

Ajla’s Bakery | 1206 W 9th St | 319.529.6450
Ajla’s is famous for traditional treats like chocolate and white tortas, rolate cream rolls, and baklava. Everything is baked fresh, in house, with love and care. You can also pick up fresh bread or smoked meats while you grab yourself something sweet!

Scratch Cupcakery | 1517 Flammang Dr | 319.229.7065
Scratch is known for their fresh, made from scratch daily, cupcakes. With fun flavors like monster cookies and wedding cake, there is a sweet treat for everyone at Scratch! They also offer gluten-free and vegan options.

Simply Yummy! Baking Company | 777 Isle of Capri Blvd | 319.833.2141
Located inside the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo, Simply Yummy offers a delicious selection of high-class confections in their display case on the daily. From cannoli to cappuccino to chocolate cake, they’ve got your sweet tooth covered.

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Try Pie

Try Pie | 522 Washington St | 319.343.7080
Try Pie is a social enterprise structured youth ministry that uses employment as an opportunity to make young women in the Cedar Valley more career ready. The girls who work here not only make and sell delicious, handcrafted pies, but they also learn how to manage a paycheck and how to work effectively with others.

How about some flavored Popcorn?  There is a new shop opening up downtown Waterloo offering several flavors of one of America’s favorite snacks.

Here’s What’s Poppin’ Snack Shop | 206 E 4th St | 319.277.1497
Opening soon in downtown Waterloo. They will be offering flavored popcorn, candy, and other snack items.

And don’t forget to get those sweet treats after visiting one of the many great restaurants in Waterloo. For example, The Balkan Cafe & Grocery has wonderfully sweet baklava and Galleria De Paco offers traditional and delicious desserts like pavlova, dulce de leche, and a flaming chocolate lava cake.

For some 21+ treats, Waterloo Brown Bottle has refreshing ice cream drinks made with different cream liqueurs alongside its traditional delicious Italian style dessert menu. Jameson's Public House has a Guinness infused chocolate brownie that you can top with homemade Guinness ice cream and a Guinness chocolate sauce, and SingleSpeed Brewing Co. has a Cedar Ridge Rum spiked devils food cake that is served with locally made ice cream.

What is your favorite sweet treat? For a complete list of all dining locations in Waterloo, be sure to visit the Eat section of our website.

-Micah McCutchan, Experience Waterloo
- Photo credits: Micah McCutchan, Boujee Berries and Try Pie

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