You can get chain-made, marble slab-mixed ice cream anywhere, and these sweeteries provide more than just scoops. Mom and pop-run, here's a list of some locally loved shops that serve up frozen treats.
Amish Creamery Company
For nearly eight years, owner Clint Herlein has been offering ice screamers 58 homemade flavors, 32 of them hand-dipped. Various cups, pints and half-gallon tubs may also be purchased as well as an assortment of other Amish goods. 200 150th Ave. #A, Madeira Beach, 727-397-8222, amishcreamery.com.
Shaved ice, N’awlins style, with more than 60 flavors to choose from. Stuff ice cream in your snoball, whose ice is much finer than a snow cone’s, or splash it with sour spray. If treat-seekers are smart, as CL has written in the past, they’ll add sweetened condensed milk to their snoballs. Sometimes, the family-run shop even tops its offerings with complimentary gummy worms. 10927 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, 727-379-2653, beachsnoballs.com.
Bo's Ice Cream
An ice cream staple for Tampanians since 1954. There’s walk-up and drive-through windows for ordering traditional soft-serve, sundaes, upside-down banana splits and more. Great for sharing stories and sweets with friends, even pooches, outdoors. 7101 N. Florida Ave., Seminole Heights, 813-231-7190.
Britans Yogurt Mill
Britans serves Only 8-brand froyo, which contains 8 calories and 2 carbs per ounce, with flavors that rotate every three days, as well as Florida-made Working Cow ice cream. Originally launched as a yogurt shop in 1991, Britans’ also carries British and South African specialty items and holds a four-hour afternoon tea daily. 3861 Northdale Blvd., Tampa, 813-968-5373, britansyogurtmill.com.