Recently, the popular foodie website “Everybody Craves” ranked a list of destinations with the most ice cream shops per capita. Coming in third on the list is our very own Deltona/Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach area. It is the only Florida metro area to have made the list — in fact, most of the destinations were located in Pennsylvania, Ohio and other northern states. The list was compiled from research that reviewed over 15 million business records in metropolitan areas with more than 500,000 people to see which had the greatest concentration of ice cream parlors. The assessment included national chain shops like Dairy Queen and Baskin-Robbins as well as locally-owned shops.

With bright Florida sunshine, long days spent splashing along the shoreline, and plenty of outdoor adventures available at any given time, Daytona Beach takes its sweet treats seriously. Because when the craving hits for a scoop of something cold and delicious, you don’t want to be disappointed! When you want to beat the heat, head to one of these popular Daytona Beach ice cream shops for sweet relief.

1. Cow Lick’s Ice Cream

Since 2001, this local ice cream specialty store has been serving up homemade treats to hungry beachgoers of all ages. The shop proudly serves 30 flavors and offers a wide selection ranging from bubblegum to root beer ice cream! And, it’s located just a block from the beach — so you won’t have to wander far to cool off.

2. Gold Leaf Coffee Company

Come into Golf Leaf Coffee Company for a one-of-a-kind scoop of handmade ice cream. In addition, this locally-owned shop’s specialty is creating small-batch coffee with local products like Steel Oak Coffee, roasted nearby in Ormond Beach. Swing by Gold Leaf Coffee Company if you seek a casual neighborhood atmosphere, eco-friendly disposables and a refreshing selection of ice creams.

3. Rhokkoh’s Frozen Yogurt

Located on historic Beach Street in downtown Daytona Beach, this shop serves up delicious frozen yogurt treats (and gourmet hot dogs, if you’re feeling extra hungry!). Feel free to bring your four-legged friend here — Rhokkoh’s is ultra pet-friendly, and provides outdoor seating, water dishes outside and treats inside.

4. Curly Cream Rolled Ice Cream

Indulge just a little bit more with your ice cream and add a variety of sweet treats that get rolled up into delightful pinwheel curls. Choose from a variety of fruit, cake or cookies to add to this handcrafted and hand-rolled ice cream, making it even more decadent.

5. Hershey’s Ice Cream of Ormond Beach

After a day at the beach or a sunset stroll, it’s easy to find Hershey’s Ice Cream of Ormond Beach just a block from the beach. With all the Hershey’s flavors you’ve come to love, this sweet shop also has a wall of penny candy and cakes to go.

6. Jeremiah’s Italian Ice

Located at ONE DAYTONA, this sweet stop offers decadent, refreshing treats with tons of flavor. If you get a hankering for something to cool you off after a trip to the Daytona International Speedway located across the street, don’t miss the gelati — a perfectly creamy ice cream layered with Italian ice. Perfecto!

7. Nitro Cream Café

Located in historic downtown Daytona Beach, across from Jackie Robinson Ballpark, is Nitro Cream Café. They create small specialty batches of ice cream using liquid nitrogen. The result? Creamy goodness in every spoonful. They knocked it out of the ballpark with one of their latest flavors: Honey Lavender! The café is also quickly becoming a favorite place to grab an authentic New York bagel with your coffee.

Be sure to check out the full list of ice cream shops in the Daytona Beach area before your next visit. Better yet, pay a visit to several and decide for yourself which scoop takes the top prize. After a day of fun in the sun, nothing beats ice cream!