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Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

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Enjoy the Ultimate Sweet Indulgence at Bruster's Real Ice Cream in Destin
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Bruster's Real Ice Cream serves exquisite desserts made fresh on a daily basis. Stop by to check out the impressive menu selection and order a sweet treat that will have you craving more.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat capable of cooling you down on the steamiest days, look no further than Bruster’s Real Ice Cream. There, you’ll find a charming atmosphere and all the flavors of ice cream you’ve dreamed of since childhood.

The term ‘real’ isn’t included in the shop’s name for the sake of it. Every day, the entire ice cream menu is made onsite. This lends the ice cream a freshness rarely found at other ice cream parlors. 

The fresh nature of Bruster’s ice cream is particularly impressive given the shop’s extensive selection. Whether you adore simple flavors or complex creations, you can easily find a flavor that exceeds your dessert expectations. If there’s a downside to this huge selection, it’s that you’ll inevitably experience the ice cream version of FOMO. 

Servings are generous, so think twice before getting carried away with your order at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream — you might find it difficult to finish. Some visitors struggle to manage the waffle cones, which are usually piled high with delicious, but quickly-melting ice cream. On a hot day, this option can prove risky if you’re not a fast eater. 

While the service at this small ice cream shop is generally prompt, the lines can seem a bit intimidating at first. Don’t let a seemingly long line stand in the way of you and your dream ice cream creation; your sweet treat at Bruster’s will definitely be worth the wait. 

A few of our favorite ice cream flavors and treats at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream include the following:

Death by Chocolate
Chocoholics flock to this rich ice cream flavor, which is made possible by a decadent blend of Hershey’s Special Dark, chocolate crispies, chocolate chunks, brownie bits, and of course, chocolate ice cream. This option is rich enough to enjoy on its own in a cup. 

Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
Another favorite among chocolate lovers, this selection highlights the richness of cheesecake, as well as the sweet, yet slightly tangy flavor of raspberries. This ice cream’s hint of fruity flavor can be found in thin black ribbons dispersed throughout each delectable scoop.

Key Lime Pie
This classic Florida flavor is not to be missed. In addition to the surprisingly tart — and highly addictive — taste of key lime ice cream, this selection includes graham cracker swirls. =

Banana Split
While a simple scoop of ice cream is more than capable of satisfying your sweet tooth, you’re also welcome to indulge with a classic banana split. Bruster’s takes its version to the next level by adding a pretzel rod to the mix. Technically, this is more of a sundae than a banana split, but it still includes all your favorite split ingredients.

Dino Sundae
A favorite among young visitors at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, this adorable sundae features a huge dino-shaped cookie, plus a scoop of vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and plenty of sprinkles. The dessert looks nearly as amazing as it tastes. Be sure to snap a picture before your kid chows down.

Don’t be afraid to indulge your sweet tooth at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, where you’re guaranteed a fresh cone or cup complete with high-quality ingredients. 

Insider Tips:
– Feel free to bring your pooch when you visit this dog-friendly ice cream shop, which serves four-legged visitors special doggie sundaes. 
– Don’t forget to ask for a discount if you’re a veteran or a current military member. Such discounts are a point of pride at Bruster’s. Other than that, pricing is relatively fair — with kid’s sundaes hovering around $3 and premium sundaes on the pricier side around $11.