Food Thelma's ice cream sandwiches. Juice file photo.

Thelma's ice cream sandwiches. Juice file photo.

Four frozen treats

Published on July 26th, 2013 | by Jackie Hoermann

1. Chocolate-Dipped Bananas

The malt makers at Snookie’s dip frozen bananas at the peak of freshness and cover it with a hard-shell coating of creamy chocolate. If you’ve never had a frozen banana, you’ve got to try it—similar to the texture of ice cream, but a lot better for you. Not a chocolate lover? Try one in another sweet dip, including cherry, blue raspberry, and butterscotch ($1.99 each).

Where: Snookie’s Malt Shop, 1810 Beaver Ave.

When: Summer hours Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. -10 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Info: 515-255-0638

2. Tea Zing

The yang to your hot tea yin, Smokey Row’s Tea Zing is the perfect frozen treat for tea lovers. It’s a frozen drink with a fruity smoothie base—select from strawberry, mango, peach, or wildberry flavors—and green tea, ginkgo, ginseng, and guarana extracts mixed in for an antioxidant kick. ($4.35)

Where: Smokey Row Coffee Co., 1910 Cottage Grove

When: Monday through Thursday 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday 6 a.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Info: or (515)244-2611

3. Paletas

Try a tasty little paleta from La Michocana. It’s a Latin-American ice pop made right in the store with fresh fruits. Fun flavors include pistachio, piña colada, and a creamy one with rice puff crisps known as Arroz. The milk-based pops are $1.85, but water-based ones are available for $1.60 each. Get any paleta dipped in chocolate for $2.65.

Where: La Michocana, 1600 E Grand Ave.

When: Summer hours Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Info: (515) 265-0696

4. Ice Cream Sandwiches

Lose your cool, Jersey Freeze soft-serve cool, that is, between two of Grandma Thelma’s fresh cookies with an ice cream sandwich. Thelma’s Ice Cream Sandwiches come in plenty of tempting varieties, Snickerdoodle, Chocolate-Chip, and Peanut-Butter Banana, to name just a few. Snag one at Gateway Market for $2.99 or pick one up at other local vendors, including Mars Cafe, Amici Espresso, and the Des Moines Farmers’ Market.

Where: Gateway Market, 2002 Woodland Ave.

When: Monday through Sunday 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Info:, (515)243-1754 or, (515)343-7388

About the Author

Jackie is a contributor to Juice Magazine.

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