As the summer temps go up, a sweet cold treat always hits the spot. Next time you’re looking for something to cool down on a hot Des Moines day, take the fam out for shave ice. (And yes, drop the “d” and say shave ice.) With dozens of colorful tasty flavors and a soft snow-like texture, this traditional Hawaiian delight is sure to be a hit with the whole clan.
If you’re looking for even more cool treats, check out our Summer Fun Guide where we’ve listed several places where you can indulge this summer.
6 Spots that Serve Shave Ice in Des Moines:
Tucked into Ashworth Baptist Church’s parking lot, its mind boggling how many flavor combinations Ashworth Snow offers. In addition to flavored syrups, you can add ice cream, whipped cream and fun toppings to one of their towering portions of shave ice.
Location: 5300 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 12:00 noon to 9:00 pm; Friday & Saturday 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm
As anyone who’s visited Hawaii knows, shave ice is serious business. These locally owned franchises recreate the beachside “shack” and are scattered throughout the Des Moines area. Their easy-to handle sizes lets everyone concoct his/her own unique creation.
Tropical Sno Des Moines
Location: 900 42nd Street, Des Moines
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11:00 am to 6:30 pm; Saturday 3:00 to 8:00 pm; CLOSED Sunday and Monday
Location: 8805 Chambery Boulevard, Johnston
Hours: Sunday – Saturday 3:00 to 9:00 pm
Location: 12510 Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines
Hours: Monday – Thursday 1:00 to 10:00 pm; Friday – Sunday 1:00 to 10:00 pm
Location: 448 Southeast University Avenue, Waukee
Hours: Sunday 1:00 to 9:00 pm; Monday – Friday 2:00 to 10:00 pm; Saturday 1:00 to 10:00 pm
This popular shave ice shack just opened this spring and is located in the Indianola Hy-Vee parking lot. Choose from 32 syrup flavors, with tasty options like pink lemonade, orange pineapple, mango madness and feel free to add ice cream or a fun topping to your order.
Location: 910 N Jefferson Way, Indianola
Hours: Monday – Friday 3:30 to 10:00 pm; Saturday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm; CLOSED Sunday
What’s your favorite shave ice spot in Des Moines? Let us know in the comments below!