Kansas City Treats

Somedays a kid just needs a treat.

Whether we are rewarding a good deed or just celebrating the weekend, sometimes we think that a special treat is in order. And while I have seen list after list of where to find the best ice cream in town, sometimes we need something just a little different.

So last summer, with our three-year-old in tow, my husband and I set off to find some of the most fun treats around Kansas City.

Our first stop was in Westport at Popcorn Heaven. With over 50 different flavors of popcorn, you are sure to find something that everyone in the family will enjoy. Madeline’s favorite is the fruity mix. A colorful assortment of flavors like cherry, watermelon, apple, grape, and more.

Next up is technically an ice cream shop. However, we are here for the cookie dough. Clinton’s Soda Fountain in Downtown Independence. We got to taste this yummy treat during Santa-Cali-Gon Days last year and the chocolate chip cookie dough was a hit with all three of us. If you are a fan of taste testing your cookies before baking, you will love this place. Besides cookie dough, you can, of course, enjoy old-fashioned malts, milkshakes, sundaes, and more at this adorable little ice cream parlor on the square.

One of my husband’s favorite treats is a good ol’ soft pretzel. While a certain mall-based store is a favorite. We also recently discovered KC Pretzel Boy’s in Overland Park. In additional to the traditional twists and pretzel bites, they also have several options for pretzel wrapped sausages and sauces to dip them all in. My favorite was the jalapeno cheese dip.  

Sometimes a trip to the candy store is just the treat my little one needs. Lolli and Pops inside Oak Park Mall is one of our favorites. This adorable candy shop has plenty of old favorites mixed in with new and unique options. The old-fashioned look of the store makes it the perfect sweet stop sure to widen the eyes of your little one. One of the best things about Lolli and Pops is the forever jar option. Buy a cute jar, fill it with candy, bring the jar back, and get refills for as little as $5.00.

Of course, we can’t forget the ice cream. Our family’s favorite ice cream spot is Roll with It in Lee’s Summit. I’m pretty sure rolled ice cream is the new frozen yogurt. These rolled ice cream spots seem to be popping up all over Kansas City. There is just something inherently fun about watching them chop up ingredients and turn liquid ice cream base into a frozen rolled concoction right before your eyes. Madeline’s favorite is the s’mores topped with whipped cream and plenty of sprinkles of course.

Honorable mentions: The Waffle Bar, Cottontale KC, Cupcake A La Mode, Insomnia Cookies, Tropical Sno, and Andre’s Confiserie Suisse.

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