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Cool down with the hottest stops in Idaho’s ice cream scene

By Jane Carlton

When heat waves roll across Idaho, nothing cools you down quite like a delicious ice cream cone. Check out nine sweet destinations throughout the state to savor cones, old-fashioned sodas, shakes, candy, baked goods and more. That’s not all there is to take on in these stops—you’ll also find recommendations for hotels, resorts and even glamping to accommodate your post-sugar rush stay.

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Corner Drug Soda Fountain

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Skalicky’s Sweet Sensations Bakery

kalicky’s Sweet Sensations Bakery | Lewiston

No matter your dietary restrictions, you’ll find a delicacy to devour at Skalicky’s Sweet Sensations Bakery in Lewiston. This small family business specializes in gluten-free and keto options as well as traditional desserts. With croissants, coffee cakes, biscotti and handmade candies to choose from, Skalicky’s deserves more than one visit. Spend a night or two at Hells Canyon Grand Hotel and marvel at the gorgeous views from the patio, or go for a dip in the beautiful outdoor pool.

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Cloverleaf Creamery

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Reed’s Dairy

Reed’s Dairy | Idaho Falls

At Reed’s Dairy in Idaho Falls, be ready to choose between more than 80 flavors of ice cream. This farm-to-table, family-owned dairy has 250 Holstein cows, and all its ice cream is produced on-site. Often, its products are sold within hours of the cows being milked, so look no further for fresh taste! Sumptuous and rich, Reed’s Dairy ice cream is handmade from cream, milk and sugar. While you’re there, relish your cool concoction while visiting the cows, or stop by the petting zoo. Check in at the Hilton Garden Inn, where riverside views and a gorgeous patio await. It doesn’t stop there—Idaho Falls is waiting for you to explore (after your next snack break, of course)!

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Rainey Creek Country Store

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Panhandle Cone & Coffee

Panhandle Cone & Coffee | Sandpoint

Serving up seasonal ice cream flavors as well as novelties like Salted Caramel and Brown Butter Cookie, Panhandle Cone & Coffee elevates frozen dessert to another level. Started in Sandpoint in 2015, this family-owned business strives to provide a place for everyone to slow down, take a breath and chow down on a sweet treat. With a focus on creativity, Panhandle’s flavor combinations will draw you back time again. A short distance away, Hotel Ruby offers visitors a chance to take a dip in its pool and hot tubs, relax on its fabulous patio or launch off for one of many local outdoor adventures.

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Kristen Brockel

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Ameran Link

Goody’s Soda Fountain and Candy Store | Boise

Visit Goody’s Soda Fountain and Candy Store for handmade, creamy goodness in a classic setting. Nestled in the heart of Boise’s historic Hyde Park neighborhood, Goody’s is steeped in nostalgia. With banana splits, turtle sundaes, ice cream sodas, shakes and malts, Goody’s will have you coming back for more. Order its premium ice cream served up in a timeless glass dish, and eat your treat on a bar stool overlooking jar after jar of old-fashioned candy. Extend your time in Boise at the Modern Hotel, where a fleet of bikes is available to guests, and pedal your way to local attractions—or just to more ice cream.

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Black Swan Inn