Who doesn’t love the hometown feel of a classic ice cream parlor?! Petersen’s offers delicious “old fashion” desserts, made using a recipe over 90 years old, at the cutest location! Most importantly, their flavors cover all the classics we love and come in banana splits, donut ice cream sandwiches, and many other forms. Not to mention they are located in the heart of downtown Gilbert, making it a great addition to your date nights, family nights, or girl’s nights. 

Soda Rush

If you are looking for the perfect, family-friendly hang out, look no further because SodaRush has ice cream treats for the whole family. For instance, they offer kiddie cones to adult cones (dipped or not!) to Dole Whip (without having to go all the way to Disneyland!), everyone has something they love. For example, Not a frozen treat fan? They also have flavored sodas, savory snacks, and other sweet treats! Their lobby area is equipped with couches, tables, games, and plenty of room for the kids to play while the adults relax.  


Creamistry is a must-try for all ages!not to mention they pair science, ice cream, and delicious toppings to make both incredible desserts and incredible memories. To clarify they use Liquid Nitrogen, Creamologists make your ice cream for you- when you order! (When I say make, I mean they literally freeze it in front of your eyes!) Then, they top of your Desert with your toppings of choice to make a delicious one of a kind dessert. Not to be forgotten, Creamistry offers amazing signature creations, crafted entirely for you and even has organic, dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free options! 

Baked Bear

This custom ice cream sandwich shop goes above and beyond your wildest dreams to bring you these fantastic treats. For example, at The Baked Bear, you get to customize your dessert every step of the way. To begin you first, choose your Top and Bottom from various cookie and brownie options! Next, you want your flavor, and boy is there a lot to choose from! Lastly, you choose your toppings- from cereals and candies to caramels and fudge you cannot go wrong. The Baked Bear even offers cones, cookies, brownies, and sundaes if you aren’t in the mood for an ice cream sandwich. 


Made fresh in the shop each day, Handel’s ice cream is truly amazing. They offer both classic flavors, and good originals like Blueberry Cobbler, Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Bun, Monkey Business (Banana with caramel and brownie!), all of which will leave you dying to try more! The home town feels of this dessert shop, and their incredible customer service makes you feel right home surrounded by the yummiest of treats. We can’t wait to go back and try more! 

Wondering where the locals head for dessert?

Gilbert asked the locals where their go-to dessert location was and they answered! Check out these 3 dessert spots in Gilbert, Arizona.