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The Cone Ice Cream

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The Cone: Tasty Ice Cream in a Colorful, Family-Friendly Setting
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

You'll instantly feel like a kid again as you enjoy your favorite ice cream, milkshake, or sundae at The Cone. This cheerful gem boasts some of Destin's tastiest treats, along with consistently positive vibes.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

It’s impossible to not feel cheerful while visiting The Cone in Destin. This delightful destination can instantly turn around an otherwise difficult day — and not just because the shop serves ice cream. You’ll note the friendly vibes as soon as you enter The Cone’s charming setting, where you’ll spot colorful picnic tables and smiles on the staff members’ faces.

The Cone is more spacious than your average ice cream shop, so you should have no trouble finding an open area where you and your loved ones can relax. If you’re on the hunt for outdoor seating, however, you’ll face a bit more competition — only one bench is available outside.

Ice cream flavors, toppings, add-ons, and prices can be found on a large TV situated within the shop. You might also want to sneak a peek at the available flavors before you make your selection. A variety of options are available, including both classic and adventurous flavors. Most visitors order their ice cream in a cup or cone, but milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches, and several other desserts are also provided.

If, in addition to ice cream, you crave a caffeinated beverage, you’re in luck: The Cone also offers a surprisingly vast selection of hot and cold drinks. From espresso to cold brew coffee, you’ll find all your favorites at reasonable prices. The beverage menu also includes hot chocolate, smoothies, and even delectable affogato with ice cream. Sweet treats may be the main attraction, but quite a few visitors arrive in hopes of scoring delicious drinks above all else. 

A few of our favorite menu items include the following:

Chocolate Milkshake
A variety of milkshake options are available at the Cone, but sometimes, it’s best to keep it classic. You certainly won’t be disappointed with this chocolate milkshake, which, depending on your order, will come with two or three scoops of ice cream goodness. For a small additional fee, your milkshake can be transformed into a delicious malt. 

Destin Double Brownie
Few desserts are more decadent than this sundae, which combines two scoops of your favorite ice cream with two wonderfully chocolatey brownies. All this is drizzled with hot fudge and topped with whipped cream and a cherry. This sundae is extremely rich, so plan to split it with at least one friend. If you’re forced to tackle this brownie dessert on your own, stick with the available half order. 

Beach Banana Split
The perfect treat before or after your trip to the beach, this banana split will make your day. Despite its inclusion of fruit, it is far from healthy — and that’s exactly what makes it so wonderful. You’ll receive your choice of three scoops of ice cream, three toppings, whipped cream, and, of course, a cherry on top. 

Mango Smoothie
If you insist on ordering a healthy treat, you’re in luck: The Cone’s smoothies come free of added sugar. Instead, the focus is firmly on flavorful crushed fruit. Multiple smoothie options are available, but mango is among the most enticing. Feel free to add protein or banana for a small fee.

There’s a lot to love about The Cone, which delivers a relaxed atmosphere and a variety of delicious ice cream flavors. Treat yourself and your loved ones to something sweet in the heart of Destin.

Insider Tips:
– While The Cone offers ample space, it still can get busy at times. Peak hours arrive later than most visitors anticipate, with the shop proving especially crowded after 6 pm. 
– Tasting is available, but staff members typically limit this to one sample per person. This policy may be frustrating for indecisive visitors, but it keeps the line moving when the shop is busy. Plan ahead as you wait in line to ensure that you use your limited sampling powers wisely.