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! Click on the name of any listing for a map and more details.
Bruster's Ice Cream
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.
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! Now with 3 locations in Polk County – Lakeland, Auburndale, and Winter Haven.
Cold Stone Creamery
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.
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…. ???)
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.
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!
Cake Makers Studio
Cake Makers Studio offers custom cakes beyond your imagination! They specialize in unique, out of the box and different cakes, you won’t believe its just a cake! Also offering working cow ice cream, shakes, cupcakes and more at their downtown Lakeland location (formerly Got Candy).
Cookie Jar Bakeshop
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.
Gourmet Goodies Bake Shop
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.
Sugar & Slice
Stop in to grab a cupcake, cookie, or place an order for you next event! Custom cakes, cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, and more. Located on Central Ave in downtown Winter Haven.
Andy's Igloo Winter Haven
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.
Polk City Ice Cream Company
Check out Polk County’s newest ice cream shop! Polk City Ice Cream Company opened in Summer 2020, they serve over 40 flavors of Award Winning Ice Cream Club Ice Cream.
IKE'S Eats and Treats
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.
Sh-Booms Ice Cream & Sweets
Ice cream, cupcakes, custom cakes, and more.
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!
4114 S Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33813
5239 US Highway 98 S, Lakeland, FL 33812
4710 US Highway 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809-3605
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
Make your own ice cream & popsicles at home!
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