I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! And cookies! And frozen yogurt! And gelato! And cupcakes!
No matter how you like to satisfy your sweet tooth, with your help we’ve put together a list of the best places to find sweet eats and frozen treats in Lakeland, Bartow, Auburndale, Winter Haven, Lake Wales and beyond. We asked, you answered and gave us your favorites, and told us some of these treats are definitely worth the drive!
Got Candy & More
115 Kentucky Ave, Lakeland, FL 33803
Website / Facebook / (863) 853-9999
Although the name is “Got Candy” you’ll find SO MUCH MORE at this gem in Downtown Lakeland. In addition to hard & soft candies, you can treat yourself to cupcakes, ice cream, chocolates, unique desserts, cake pops, milkshakes, the list goes on and on. Everything is hand made with fresh ingredients! They also offer catering for your event and party needs. Located in Downtown Lakeland across from Fresco’s and Taco Bus.
Crumb & Get It Cookie Co.
2510 S Florida Ave, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Website / Facebook / (863) 210-5132
Love fresh baked cookies? You can get hot cookies, your way, in 10 minutes or less! Pick your dough, pick your mix-ins, and 15 minutes later enjoy your creation with a cold glass of milk or gourmet coffee. At Crumb & Get It you’ll also find gourmet cupcakes, cookie bars, and HERSHEY’S ice cream. Delivery is also available in a limited area nearby! Visit on a Tuesday and kids get a FREE Kids Ice Cream with any other purchase. Located on S. Florida Ave. across from Southgate Publix.
3601 S Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33803 – Website / Facebook / (863) 646-3500
4710 US Highway 98 N, Lakeland, Florida 33809 – Website / Facebook / (863) 937-8893
Have a hankering for italian ice? Look no further than Gelati Joe’s! They use fresh fruit,natural ingredients, water and cane sugar to create an Italian Ice that has the flavor and creaminess of ice cream, but without the excess fat. Over 30 flavors to choose from. For a real treat, order a Gelati – italian ice combined with soft serve ice cream. YUM!
1520 Town Center Dr, Lakeland, FL 33803
Website / Facebook / (863) 688-6382
What’s more fun than making your own frozen yogurt creation?? At Yogurt Mountain, you dispense your own frozen yogurt, add toppings, and voila – a masterpiece! Fun for kids, fun for adults, and pure deliciousness all around. Can’t pick just one flavor? Get a pre-mixed swirl, OR use a divider to make two different creations in one bowl. Located inside Books-A-Million at Lakeside Village.
Bruster’s Ice Cream
955 East CR540A, Lakeland, Florida 33813 Map It
Website / Facebook / (863) 619-5030
We rarely drive by Bruster’s on any evening when there isn’t a line of people waiting to get a cone, bowl, or banana split of Bruster’s freshly made ice cream. They carry a huge variety of flavors, and also serve frozen yogurt, sorbet, milkshakes, cakes, pies, and more. As an added bonus, they give free baby cones to children under 40″ and free ‘doggie sundaes’ to your furry friend, so bring the entire family for some Bruster’s fun! Located on 540A down the road from Christina Park.
4122 South Florida Ave. Lakeland , FL , 33813
Website / Facebook / (863) 940-0993
Offering a mouth watering selection of cupcakes, French macarons, brownies, whole cakes, cake pops, organic bread, breakfast pastries, individual desserts, and many other delectable treats. These products are prepared and baked fresh on premises, and are available for purchase at the store. Located on S. Florida Ave. across from the Bowling Alley, in the shopping center with Dairy Queen & Jimmy Johns.
Lakeside Village – 1560 Town Center Drive, Lakeland, FL 33803
Website / Facebook / 863-226-5449
Smallcakes bakes and frosts a variety of unique signature flavors every morning, fresh from scratch. If you’ve never had a Smallcakes Cupcake, check out their Facebook page for photos of their AMAZING creations. Not only are they fun to look at, they are delicious too. Custom orders are welcome for mini, medium, or jumbo cupcakes, and they make cakes too. Located near Crispers and Grillsmith in Lakeside Village (and next to Weight Watchers…. ???)
Cold Stone Creamery
Lakeside Village – 1615 Town Center Dr, Lakeland, FL 33803
Website / Facebook / (863) 686-1813
If you’ve never had a “Coldstone Creation,” do yourself a favor and get one this summer! You’ll be overwhelmed by the choices at Coldstone – freshly made ice cream flavors, mix-ins, sundaes, bowls, cones – but have no fear, Coldstone has plenty of Signature Creations for you to pick one and then watch the magic happen. They take the ice cream, mix-ins, and then chop and fold it all together using two spades on a frozen granite stone. Deliciousness. Located next to Cobb Theatres at Lakeside Village.
Cookie Jar Bakeshop
305 East Main Street, Bartow, FL
Website / Facebook / 863-519-3333
The Cookie Jar Bakeshop is a neighborhood bakery, serving its customers an assortment of fresh baked cookies, cakes, pies and treats. In addition to sweet treats, they also serve delicious options for breakfast, lunch, or just a cup of coffee. We speak from experience when we say that visiting for lunch is a good excuse to also sneak in a cookie or other too-good-to-resist dessert! The Cookie Jar also makes custom cookies, cakes, and other specialty items. Located on Main Street in Bartow.
703 3rd St SW, Winter Haven, FL 33880
Facebook / (863) 293-0019
I’ve lived in Polk County almost my entire life, and am ashamed to admit that I didn’t experience Andy’s Igloo until age 35. You better believe I’ve been back since then! Andy’s will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time, in the most perfect way. From their diner stools to the interior decor, the burgers and shakes will have you coming back for more. They have an extensive shake list, and they are all SO GOOD. In a hurry? Hit up the drive up/walk up window for a to-go order. Prices are very reasonable, but take CASH. Don’t take our word for it, they’ve been in business since 1951 so you know they are doing things right! Located on Hwy 17 in Winter Haven.
Gourmet Goodies Bake Shop
68 Fourth St. NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881
Website / Facebook / 863-318-1400
This is a Gourmet Cupcake & Bake Shop located in Winter Haven, custom orders are welcome but they also stock a variety of flavors for walk in purchase at the Bake Shop, including cupcakes, brownies, cookies, cake pops, cheesecakes, pies and more. Located in Downtown Winter Haven at Central Park near the Library and next door to The Little Studio. We haven’t been there yet but it’s on our list for our next visit to Winter Haven!
IKE’S Eats and Treats
103 Main St, Auburndale, FL 33823
Facebook / (863) 967-6111
Serving Working Cow Ice Cream, sodas, floats, milkshakes, sandwiches, hot dogs and more. Kids can play arcade games, or walk across the street to the AWESOME playground in Downtown Auburndale. Located at the corner of Park and Main Street.
1020 US Highway 92 W, Auburndale, FL 33823
Website / Facebook / (863) 514-9542
The “Original New Orleans” SnoBall! With fluffy snow, over 100 fantastic flavors, a great family atmosphere and Pelican’s is the hot spot to cool you down. Pelican’s was mentioned by more than one Lakeland Mom reader when we asked for “sweet treat” suggestions! Located beside The Walker Fence Company & The Auburndale Flea Market.
2043 Florida State Road 60 Lake Wales, FL 33853
Website / Facebook / 863-949-6001
Last fall a friend and I took the kids adventuring in Lake Wales, and ended our day with a stop at Topper’s for old fashioned soft serve ice cream. It was the perfect treat on a fall afternoon, and we all loved their variety of options for flavors and toppings. Seating is available outside in the shade. They do have a drive-thru if you’re getting your cold treat to-go. Located on Hwy 60 at the intersection with Buckmoore Rd, look for the giant ice cream cone!
Sh-Booms Ice Cream & Sweet Treats
42649 Highway 27, Davenport, FL
Facebook / (863) 424-7100
Ice cream, cupcakes, custom cakes, and more.
4114 S Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33813
5100 US Hwy 98 N Ste 18, Lakeland, FL 33809
1795 N Broadway, Bartow, FL 33830
1702 Havendale Blvd NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881
511 Cypress Garden Blvd, Winter Haven, FL 33880
24171 US Hwy 27, Lake Wales, FL 33859
36172 Hwy 27, Haines City, FL 33844
2106 S Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33803
5614 US Highway 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809
501 Magnolia Ave, Auburndale, FL 33823
1578 3rd Street SW, Winter Haven, FL 33880
4945 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809
Know of one we missed? Comment below and we’ll add it to our list!