#185 of 196 Destin Restaurants

Cups and Cones

Cool Off With Ice Cream Treats and Doughnuts from Cups and Cones in Destin
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

For tasty and decadent doughnuts and creamy frozen desserts, stop by Cups and Cones in Destin. You will find a menu that surpasses the traditional offerings of an ice cream store to include gelato and unexpected doughnut flavors.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Add a little sweetness to your Destin vacation. Cups and Cones in Destin offers you many tasty treats, including coffee drinks and doughnuts, that will hit the spot anytime. 

Visiting the Cups and Cones location in Destin Commons is part of the overall experience. This outdoor mall feels more like a small-town Main Street than it does a commercial complex. Park your car on one of the streets and walk around the area to see the shops and sights before stopping at Cups and Cones. Once you get your ice cream, gelato, or doughnuts, sit outside in the shaded seating area to watch other visitors to the area. 

Inside the shop, you’ll find a menu that includes a variety of coffee drinks, gelato flavors, ice cream varieties, and doughnuts. Once, Cups and Cones only served coffee drinks and frozen desserts. However, it now shares its space with Destination Little Donuts, which means that you can get doughnuts inspired by some of the most popular desserts at the same place you get your ice cream. 

Several guests have called the doughnuts served here the best they’ve had and made a point to stop by each time they visited Destin. When you visit Cups and Cones, you can choose from simple glazed doughnuts or one of the outstanding flavors, such as Flintstones sprinkled with Fruity Pebbles cereal or s’mores with chocolate, graham crackers, and a marshmallow. 

If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll find something on the menu to sate your appetite. Check out the doughnuts, ice creams, gelatos, and other options for sweet indulgences when in Destin. 

Consider ordering one of the following customer favorites at Cups and Cones in Destin:

Dole Whip
Pineapple-flavored Dole Whip is a staple of Disney parks, but you don’t have to go to Disney World to get this dessert in Florida. You will find this sweet, creamy dessert in Destin at Cups and Cones. It tastes like a cross between pineapple sorbet and frozen yogurt but with its own unique flavor that no other dessert can match. Nothing hits the spot like a fruit-flavored Dole Whip after you’ve had a day on the sand at the beach. 

Locally Made Gelato
Cups and Cones sells both ice cream and gelato. What is the difference between these frozen desserts? You likely already know the sweet, rich, and cold flavors of ice cream. Gelato has a denser, creamier texture than ice cream because it does not have as much air whipped into it as ice cream. It also has less fat because gelato uses less cream and more milk than ice cream. Finally, the flavors in gelato shine because Cups and Cones serves this treat at a slightly higher temperature than ice cream. The warmer treat does not freeze your tastebuds, which allows you to perceive more flavor from the gelato.

Another major difference is the types of flavors you’ll find. Since Cups and Cones sources gelato from a local producer, the flavors can change based on season and availability. However, all the options have the same great gelato texture and flavor. Previously offered flavors of gelato at Cups and Cones have included birthday cake gelato, with cake pieces mixed in it, and cafe latte, with a blend of coffee and vanilla gelatos. 

Raspberry Cheesecake Doughnut
Among the rotating specialty doughnut options, the raspberry cheesecake doughnuts come highly recommended by other guests. These doughnuts bring the flavors of a graham cracker crust, rich cheesecake center, and raspberry topping into a flavorful, compact package that you can enjoy for breakfast or anytime you want a treat. With this doughnut, you get the experience of eating a rich cheesecake without needing a fork. 

Cups and Cones in Destin gives guests a diverse set of options that includes gelato, ice cream, Dole Whip, coffee drinks, and doughnuts with flavors that appeal to everyone. Get a tasty treat for everyone in the family at Cups and Cones in Destin.

Insider Tips:
-Do not ask for samples of gelato or ice cream because the store does not offer them.
-Don’t try to fit in a visit here when you have a tight schedule. This dessert stop is very popular. You may need to wait to get your order, as previous visitors warn, but the wait will be worthwhile once you taste your order of ice cream, doughnut, or gelato. Relax and enjoy the experience and your dessert.