The best way to celebrate Independence Day? With your favorite cold treat in hand. Whether you prefer a scoop of ice cream, a cup of Italian ice, or a snow cone, here are nine shops in Lakeland and what we recommend from each to keep your cool on a hot summer day.
Mayday Ice Cream, The Joinery, 640 E. Main St.
Scoop this: A cup of Parent Trap ice cream (peanut butter + Oreo) topped with homemade sprinkles
Andy’s Frozen Custard, 4046 Florida Ave. S.
Scoop this: The Freedom Berry Jackhammer made with vanilla custard, blended with berries, and filled with marshmallow crème
Lakeland Ice Cream Company, 2973 Duff Rd.
Scoop this: The cotton candy burrito, filled with bubble gum ice cream and sprinkles
Rita’s of Lakeland, 3115 US Hwy. 98 N.
Scoop this: A chocolate chip cookie sandwich filled with your choice of custard and covered with sprinkles
Got Desserts, Lakeland Food Truck Rally, 201 E. Main St.
Scoop this: One of this food truck’s mini ice cream cakes to share — or not
Lakeland BBQ & Ice Cream Company, 2101 S. Combee Rd.
Scoop this: Your choice of ice cream in an Elvis sundae (topped with banana, peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, and whipped cream)
Cake Makers Studio, 115 S. Kentucky Ave.
Scoop this: A unicorn “Freakshake” made with blue Cookie Monster + pink strawberry ice cream, topped with an ice cream cone “unicorn horn”
Pelican’s Snoballs, 2510 S. Florida Ave.
Scoop this: A POG shaved ice (pineapple, passion fruit, orange + guava) with coconut cream added
Twistee Treat, 4945 US Hwy. 98 N.
Scoop this: A classic waffle ice cream cone with a swirl of chocolate + vanilla soft-serve
Have another favorite ice cream parlor or milkshake stand? Let us know where else we should try so they don’t get left out in the cold.