There is nothing quite like the taste of a memory. It is true that the senses of taste and smell triggers the parts of the brain that harbor memory, which is why those delectable experiences can transport a person to another time and place. Here are some must visit ice cream shops for creating those memories when you come to Brainerd : 

Triangle Drive In and Treats

Fancy Pants Chocolates – Located on Laurel Street, which is considered the main street of Downtown Brainerd, is this quaint confectionery. Find an ice cream counter with good old fashioned hand scooped deliciousness, and many different flavors of ice cream. There is also a candy counter full of chocolate, licorice, and other sweet treats, using milk chocolate imported from Belgium and dark chocolate imported from Colombia, the selection is made fresh and changes daily.  

704 Laurel St., Brainerd, MN 56401

Goody’s Gourmet Treats

Goody’s Gourmet Treats – Located in the Northern Pacific Center the smell of sweet treats will draw you in. Find 24 assorted flavors of hard scoop ice cream to choose from. Enjoy your Cedar Chest Ice Cream in a dish, cake cone or waffle cone. Also find a store full of popcorn, candy, and gifts. Your sweet tooth will thank you for stopping at Goody’s! 

1531 Northern Pacific Rd., Brainerd, MN 56401 

Cold Stone Creamery – If mix-ins and made-to-order is more your style, check out Cold Stone Creamery where the options are endless. Made on a cold granite slab while you watch, this is as much a food experience as any other.  

15175 Edgewood Dr. N, Suite 3 120, Baxter MN 56425 

Dairy Queen Walk up Window

Dairy Queen – Most childhoods include a regular stop at the Dairy Queen. With two locations in Brainerd/Baxter, you’ll find the location on Washington Street near the Mississippi River has the walk-up window and drive-through for your convenience and is a more traditional Dairy Queen with primarily ice cream treats. The Dairy Queen Grill & Chill in the East Brainerd Mall there is a full menu of food items plus the ice cream treats you know and love. 

12 Washington Street, Brainerd, MN 56401 

Triangle Drive Inn & Treats – Over 20 hard scooped ice cream flavors you can choose from at the Triangle along with sundaes, malts, shakes, floats and banana splits and soft serve ice cream. Try their specialty, the Tornado, a version of the Blizzard. Walk up to the window and then enjoy your sweet treat at

Triangle’s S’mornado

a picnic table or on the lawn. A must try is the S’mornado!

714 Mill Ave., Brainerd, MN 56401 

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