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Pink Pelican Ice Cream Bar

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Head to Pink Pelican Ice Cream Bar For Sweet Treats And Even Sweeter Hospitality
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Sweet treats abound at Panama City Beach's Pink Pelican Ice Cream Bar. Stop in to check out the vast selection of enticing flavors — and don't be surprised if you feel compelled to make a swift return trip.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Indulge in the ultimate dessert at Pink Pelican Ice Cream Bar, where the greatest difficulty lies in choosing among dozens of delectable ice cream and frozen yogurt flavors. This local favorite holds a strong reputation not only for tasty ice cream treats but also for its friendly service and charming atmosphere. Waits can be lengthy, but if the smiles on satisfied customers’ faces are any indication, those few extra minutes of standing in line will ultimately pay off.

If there’s a perk to Pink Pelican’s occasionally long lines, it’s that you’ll enjoy plenty of time to peruse the selection and choose your favorite cup, cone, sundae, or shake. Even if you enter knowing exactly what you want to order, you’ll enjoy checking out the flavors’ unique names, some of which may elicit a chuckle or two.

Portions tend to be large, so consider ordering a size down if you don’t have a huge appetite or a friend willing to share. Many adults are perfectly satisfied when ordering ice cream servings intended for kids.

Once you’ve selected and paid for your ice cream, you’re welcome to enjoy it at one of the many tables situated inside the shop. The decor may not be fancy, but the colorful backsplash and furniture are perfectly in keeping with the Pink Pelican’s cheerful environment. If you’re lucky, you’ll score a spot outside, where limited tables are available. 

A few of our favorite menu items include the following:

Pink Pelican Special
The sundaes and splits served at Pink Pelican are amazing, but you can also get everything you need within a single scoop of ice cream. This is best accomplished with the Pink Pelican Special, which features butterscotch ice cream, butterscotch swirl, peanut butter cups, crushed cookies, and Heath candy.

The Chocolate Mindsweeper
If you’re obsessed with both ice cream and coffee, you will instantly gravitate towards Pink Pelican’s small selection of Mindsweeper drinks. The chocolate version is loaded with coffee ice cream, Hershey’s chocolate, and espresso. A whipped cream topping completes the effect to create the ultimate caffeine-infused treat.

The Bomb Creamsicle
This refreshing treat pairs Fanta soda with vanilla ice cream to create the perfect creamsicle effect. Enjoy with a generous topping of fresh whipped cream. 

Dylan’s Cookie Monster Delight
Pink Pelican’s Cookie Monster flavor has long been a local favorite, despite its tendency to turn visitors’ lips and tongues blue. Take your dessert experience up a notch with the sundae version, which adds whipped cream, cherries, and, of course, cookies to the mix.

Banana Split Royale
The Pink Pelican Ice Cream Bar may be all about indulgence, but when you order a banana split, you can delude yourself into thinking that you’re eating healthy. Of course, besides the banana and cherry on top, this delectable treat also includes plenty of ice cream, whipped cream, nuts, and chocolate syrup. This is a sizable dessert, so consider sharing with a friend to ensure that you finish before the ice cream melts.

Satisfy your cravings for sweets and nostalgia at the Pink Pelican Ice Cream Bar. You’ll be amazed by the wide array of flavors — and the smile this shop is capable of putting on your face.

Insider Tips:
– This pet-friendly location actively welcomes visitors accompanied by dogs, who typically hang out on the patio.
– Pink Pelican is known for its sampling generosity, but don’t abuse this privilege. While friendly staff members will let you sample to your heart’s delight, your leisurely attitude could prompt grumbling further back in line.
– Crowds can vary considerably based on when you visit. On rare occasions, the shop is almost dead — but business can pick up quickly, leading to lines out the door. If you’re determined to keep your wait as short as possible, avoid visiting right after lunch or dinner.