Best Shave Ice Spots in Des Moines

Best Shave Ice Spots in Des Moines

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.

Best Shave Ice Spots in Des Moines –

8 Spots that Serve Shave Ice in Des Moines:

Best Shave Ice Spots in Des Moines –

Ashworth Snow

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

Best Shave Ice Spots in Des Moines –

Tropical Sno

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 Ankeny

Location: 1604 W 1st Street, Ankeny, IA 50023
Hours: Sunday – Saturday 3:00 to 9:00 pm

Tropical Sno Bondurant

Location: 2 Main Street NE (across the street from the Trailhead Depot, in a gravel lot, near the co-op), Bondurant, IA 50035
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 6:00 to 9:00 pm; CLOSED Monday

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

Tropical Sno Johnston

Location: 8805 Chambery Boulevard, Johnston
Hours: Sunday – Saturday 3:00 to 9:00 pm

Tropical Sno Jordan Creek

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

Tropical Sno Waukee

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

Best Shave Ice Spots in Des Moines –

Sno Shack

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!


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