Who doesn’t like a little Sweet Treat every now and again? My family and I certainly do. It’s a wonderful little ice cream shop located just outside of Jewell, that makes all of their hand packed ice cream from scratch. We’ve been coming to Sweet Treats since the beginning, and make a point of visiting at least yearly.
We hadn’t visited since last year and we were certainly long over due. Since moving to Waukee, we’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by great ice cream shops, and recently we discovered Over the Top in Pleasant Hill. But last night we were having a hankering for Sweet Treats, and with the break in the heat we had Sunday, it seemed like the time was right.
Sweet Treats is the dream reality of owners Mike and Jan Miller. Located on the Miller’s acreage, there are two main buildings, one where they produce all their homemade ice cream, and the other where they serve it. Their ice cream is also sold at many events throughout the state including the Des Moines Farmers Market.
The rural setting adds a charm missing from any other ice cream shop I’ve ever been. Each year it seems they improve their offerings in some way, and this year we immediately noticed their additional outdoor seating.
I had their peanut butter ice cream in a waffle bowl, with peanut butter topping and hot fudge. Amazing! It was the first time I’d had their peanut butter ice cream. Frankly, I think it was incorrectly named, rather it should have been named peanut butter cookie dough. This isn’t a slam, but possibly a happy accident. This is how such things are created: unintentionally. If they were to rename it and box it up, they could overwhelm the national market selling it in stores across the country. Whereas Over the Top’s peanut butter ice cream is creamy and smooth to a fault, Sweet Treat’s has a cookie dough texture to it. It was a wonderful new experience!
My wife had their hot fudge malt and enjoyed it.
My father in law had their butter brickle and maple nut ice creams. As I’m sure you’re beginning to gather, their serving sizes are very generous.
Lots of taste testing has been done by customers (and myself… the peanut butter topping was partly my idea years ago!). Talk to Jan and Mike and they will happily consider any ideas you have.
Sweet Treats is more than just ice cream and peanut butter topping deep. It represents hope. A hope that’s been nearly all drained from these small towns. We live in an era when small towns are hurting and a handful of mid sized towns, the Ankenys and Waukees of the world, are thriving. Driving through many of these small towns you continue to see more and more unfilled leases spreading like cancer…just a step or two away from ghost towns. But then occasionally you see something incredible happen, you see a business like Sweet Treats pop up from a dream and elbow grease, and attract people from all over.
Their season runs from May 1 through September 30. Jan Miller has confirmed that 2013 will conclude their 6th year in business…I remember her starting it like it was yesterday, the time has sure gone fast. They feel completely blessed to have so much support from their great customers and friends.
So what are you waiting for? Stop reading and hop in your car and grab some great ice cream, and make some new memories before their season officially ends. Tell them Matt from the Iowa Food Blog sent you and enjoy!