We all scream for ice cream: Shake’s is Destin’s favorite ice cream spot

Savannah Chastain
A Shake’s employee serves up the new Fourth of July special, the Star-Spangled Sundae that includes vanilla custard layered with raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries, and topped with roasted salty pecans.

In July we celebrate our nation’s birthday, but did you know that this month is also National Ice Cream month? In fact, President Ronald Reagan was the founder of the idea, deeming July the decadent dairy month in 1984.

“Ice cream is a nutritious and wholesome food, enjoyed by over ninety percent of the people in the United States,” he said in a 1984 declaration. “It enjoys a reputation as the perfect dessert and snack food.”

To start off this celebratory month, The Log hosted an informal Facebook poll and found that Destin’s favorite ice creamery, by a landslide, is Shake’s Frozen Custard located at 1065 U.S. Highway 98 East.

Shake’s is a franchise based out of Joplin Missouri, and has been operating in Destin since 2002. 

“I think honestly the biggest draw is that we make a delicious product and everyone has gotten the word out to give us a try and that really helps us out,” said General Manager, Chelsea Donaldson.

Custard, as defined by the Food and Drug Administration, is a frozen treat which contains at least 10 percent milk fat and 1.4 percent egg yolk solids. And it may be that secret recipe that makes Shake’s a local favorite.

“We make it fresh hourly. It’s a premium ice cream and it has a higher content of egg yolk which gives it its creamy texture,” said Donaldson. “It’s actually gluten free and soy free so it’s great for allergies,” she added.

Kelvin and Sherry Young of Montgomery Ala. told The Log that they make Shake’s a mandatory stop each time they visit Destin.

“I like the splits,” said Sherry when asked her favorite menu item.

Kelvin had a hard time choosing just one favorite, “I like the splits, the sundaes, the ice cream floats, and the customer service is really good,” he said.

 For flavor options, Shake’s takes a simple route.  

“We just do chocolate and vanilla as homemade flavors and then when add the flavors by mixing them in,” said Donaldson. Mix-ins include hot fudge brownies, cheese cake chunks, and several types of cookie dough. Donaldson ensured that Shake’s uses only real fruit additions, and exclusively name-brand candies in their sundaes.  

“We really take a lot of time to handpick the products and really pick out the best of everything,” she said.

When asked how busy Shake’s can get in Destin, Donaldson replied, “Ours is the number one store in the company. Defiantly the tourism in the summer is where we do the bulk of our business, but we get allot of help coming from the locals in the off season.”