Summer with a Cherry On Top: The Five Best Local Dessert Spots You Need To Try

Cool down from the North Carolina heat this summer with these popular dessert spots! After a full day on Lake Norman, or exploring Old Town Cornelius, be sure to stop by one of these five businesses (listed in no particular order) to treat yourself to a tasty ice-cream sundae or a flavorful snow cone, and then stick around to see everything else that OTC offers!

Grab a Scoop at Carolina Cones & Enjoy the Outdoor Seating or Shop at the Garden Center!

1. Carolina Cones

20801 N Main St

This Cornelius staple that opened 36 years ago serves classic ice-cream flavors and sundaes with a side of nostalgia and history. Its inside running train track and retro booths, along with its outside miniature carousel, gazebo, and Garden Center all make up the popular attractions in this family owned ice-cream shop.

2. Pelican’s Snoballs

20832 Catawba Ave

This snow cone shop offers over 100 flavors –from Cotton Candy to Dill Pickle flavors– of Louisiana-style shaved ice and even has treats for your dog with its “pup cup.” Grab a seat in its picnic-table-style seating to enjoy your snow cone or play a game of cornhole. It’s the perfect place to go if you are looking for a casual dessert option.

3. Baskin Robbins

9116 W Catawba Ave

Baskin Robbins (found in the same building as Dunkin’ Donuts) offers ice-cream, sundaes and cakes for everyday and special events. With coffee and dessert options in the same shop, adults and kids alike will find something on the menu to try.

4. FroYozen

19911 Zion Ave Ste D-3

This frozen yogurt shop offers a wide variety of flavors and toppings for all your dessert needs. FroYozen is a pay-by-weight shop and has indoor seating and a small patio with tables outside as well. With a large chalkboard and smaller tables for children, it’s a perfect place to bring the kids!

5. Lake Norman Mini Golf & Saz’s Snoballs

18639 Statesville Rd

This mini golf and snow cone combination is the perfect recipe for great family fun. Lake Norman Mini Golf offers Saz’s Snoballs as a refreshing way to beat the heat. This family owned business also offers a Laser Maze, a “Climb the Back 9” Climbing Wall, and a location for birthday parties.

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I am a native of Huntersville and am currently attending Appalachian State University for a degree in Communications (Public Relations), with a minor in Film Studies. As an intern with Old Town Cornelius, I’ve really enjoyed getting to learn more history about the area I’ve called home my entire life!