It’s September 22nd, which means we are celebrating National Ice Cream Cone Day! Ice cream shops are sprinkled all along the OBX coast, and each shop brings something different to the table. Whether you want to indulge in homemade soft serve or you prefer your cone to be topped with hand-scooped ice cream, you are close to an ice cream shop anywhere you stay on the Outer Banks. Not sure where to start? Let’s check out some of the best ice cream shops on the Outer Banks, from Corolla to Nags Head!
The Chill Spot is the sweetest place to be in Corolla. With two locations, this delicious ice cream shop is located in Timbuck II and next to the Harris Teeter. With 10+ flavors of ice cream, cup cones, cake cones, and sugar cones, milkshakes and root beer floats, guests are able to find whatever is needed to hit the sweet spot! Some of the shops’ specialties include chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches, ice cream tacos, and ice cream nachos. The ice cream taco is just how it sounds; a taco-shaped waffle cone shell, full of ice cream and toppings! The ice cream nachos are loaded with homemade waffle chips and decked out with various toppings and ice cream. These unique creations make a stop at The Chill Spot a must for a sweet tooth looking for something new and different!
Big Buck’s Homemade Ice Cream is a long-time favorite sweet shop in Corolla. Having won “Best of The Beach” three years running, it’s no surprise that their ice cream made fresh daily proves to be a crowd pleaser. Top your waffle cone with one of 51 homemade ice cream flavors. They also offer soft serve ice cream, homemade chocolate, gourmet sundaes, and milkshakes to allow any member of the family to satisfy their craving for a cold treat! Having a party? Big Buck’s Ice Cream Shop allows guests to customize their own ice cream cakes for any occasion! Not in the mood for ice cream, or need a little pick-me-up? They double as a smoothie and espresso bar. Big Buck’s Ice Cream shop can also be found in Kitty Hawk as well as two locations in Manteo.
If you’re looking for a sweet treat that’s out of the ordinary, make sure to stop at Donutz on a Stick on the Duck boardwalk. In addition to creative donut flavors, they offer soft serve and hand dipped ice cream, sundaes, coffee, bulk candy, saltwater taffy, and nostalgic sodas. Cone choices at this unique dessert shop are sugar, waffle, and cake. What makes Donutz on a Stick stand apart from other sweet shops in Duck is their offering of vegan ice cream, as well as gluten-free and vegan donuts.
Mom’s Sweet Shop in Kitty Hawk is a local favorite that combines enjoying your favorite sweet or healthy treat with shopping for the hard-to-find vintage. Vanilla, chocolate, or twist soft serve is offered in a cake cone, waffle cone, or waffle bowl. In addition to cones, they have an impressive milkshake menu, bulk candy, locally made baked goods, acai bowls, and smoothies. Once you are done with your sweet treat, check out the vintage apparel in this true Mom & Pop shop.
Continue south to Kill Devil’s Frozen Custard and Beach Fries, located at milepost 8.5 on highway 158 in Kill Devil Hills. Satisfy your sweet tooth and your hunger at this classic beach food spot. Delectable, creamy frozen custard is made onsite, and flavors rotate daily. The waffle cones are homemade as well! Hand-cut beach fries are an excellent choice to balance out the sweetness with something salty. Burgers, Coney Island hot dog, and tasty North Carolina barbeque are also on the menu to make this popular place a single stop for a full meal. Can’t get enough? Be sure to bring home a pint of ice cream to enjoy for later!
At milepost 12.5 on highway 158 in Nags Head is Scoops Ice Cream Parlor. Several flavors of homemade waffle cones are available, including red velvet, chocolate, regular chocolate dipped, chocolate sprinkle dipped, and chocolate peanut dipped. Top your choice of cone with one of over 30 flavors of homemade ice cream. Located across from Jockey’s Ridge, grab some ice cream and enjoy a beautiful sunset over the dunes!
Fatboyz Ice Cream & Grill has your ice cream cone needs covered if you are staying in South Nags Head. Located at approximately milepost 16.5, Fatboyz is the place to go for good eats and great treats. Classic American fare along with a variety of classic cold treats make this another one-stop shop. Regular cones or chocolate dip tops in several sizes are available to hold your choice of ice cream flavor. Homemade ice cream cakes are also available.
*Dogs love ice cream cones, too!
That’s our last stop on the ice cream tour of Outer Banks! No matter where you are staying, you will be sure to enjoy a cone at one of the many unique ice cream shops located here. We hope you are keeping cool on this National Ice Cream Cone Day with a sweet treat from one of the best dessert spots on the OBX!