If you’re looking for some very sweet relief from the heat, especially when the mercury trends north of ninety, then Heyn’s Ice Cream in Iowa City is a must on your summer to-do list. Conveniently located next to a walking and biking trail that winds its way through some leafy neighborhoods of Iowa City, Heyn’s Ice Cream is a place where commitment to quality still reigns supreme as all their ice cream is made in-house. As I stepped inside, the pink interior with the Holstein theme and Holstein print benches make for an inviting place to stop a while and escape the heat index of one hundred. As I perused the selection of available flavors, I found they do offer an expansive selection so that any ice cream connoisseur ought to be able to find a concoction that sounds and tastes pleasing to the palate.
I opted for a single scoop of coconut ice cream with coconut chunks and chocolate shavings. It was thick and creamy and delicious set atop a regular cake cone. When purchasing a cone, it always seems like a bit of a race against time before the ice cream begins its descent toward serious melting, but I was able to enjoy every bite. My friend ordered the cappuccino flavor in a waffle cone and seemed to be quite pleased with his decision. I had seriously considered the Monster Mash flavor with vanilla ice cream, cookie dough, peanut butter, and M & M’s. Butter brickle with butter pecan ice cream and toffee is always a draw as well, but my coconut selection set me in that tropical oasis mood, which was good for as hot as it was outside as it felt a lot hotter and more humid than a typical May day in Iowa.
In addition to cones, they offer banana splits, root beer floats, shakes, malts, and more. Next time, I might try the ice cream sandwich with a scoop sandwiched between two cookies. If you’re having a gathering, carryout options of a pint or a half gallon can be picked up. It might be a great dessert option after having some angus or tofu burgers on the grill.
Heyn’s Ice Cream, with an additional location in North Liberty on Cherry Street and availability at other local spots, like Terry Trueblood Recreation Center, is a small business steeped in tradition since its first origins in 1989. So, when the temperature starts inching upward, just remember that sweet relief is in sight when you're in Iowa City.
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