Blog for Zip line Attraction in the Smoky Mountains
Located in Pigeon Forge, TN and near Gatlinburg and Sevierville.
By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on July 5, 2022
If you read our blog post from last week, you know that we gave you the scoop on some of the best ice cream shops in the Great Smoky Mountains. From Sevierville to Gatlinburg and everywhere in between, the communities of the Smokies have a lot to brag about when it comes to offering visitors a tasty way to cool off in the summer.
This week, we're going to continue our frozen tour of dessert delights by sharing a few more ice cream destinations that you might want to consider visiting on your next trip to the mountains. Grab your spoons; it's time to hit the road…
This Gatlinburg treat shop has lots of options for folks who are craving the sweet stuff. As for ice cream, they have a wide selection of hand-dipped flavors as well as soft serve, sundaes, banana splits, milkshakes and funnel cakes. Their current lineup of 24 flavors runs the gamut from go-tos like chocolate, vanilla and strawberry to more exotic sensations like white chocolate raspberry, blueberry pie and Columbian Café. Mad Dog's also has donuts, including yeast, vanilla cake, devil's food cake and blueberry cake donuts. Or you might go for a cream- or jelly-filled creation. As their name suggests, these folks are dog lovers too. They sell doggie treats and toys for four-legged friends, and they have picnic tables and water bowls outside if you'd like to bring your doggos with you.
This parlor has jumped onto one of the recent trends in ice cream service - nitrogen infusion. They use liquid nitrogen to flash freeze their ice cream instead of churning it and letting it sit in a freezer before serving it. The rationale is that the faster you freeze something, the fewer ice particles there are, and this improves the taste. That being said, Dulce has a dozen flavors to share, including Dutch chocolate, buttered pecan, mint chocolate chip, Southern blackberry cobbler and Peachy Peach. You can get scoops in a waffle cone or bowl or order a bubble waffle. They have sundaes and shakes too, just in case you're in the mood to mix things up. Dulce also serves several varieties of classic, fruit and milk teas.
This food-service operation, located at The Village shops in downtown Gatlinburg, has a full lineup of sandwiches and wraps, but we'll be focusing more on the sweet stuff. Their hand-dipped ice cream and soft serve flavors are served in cones or cups as well as in floats, sundaes, banana splits or with hot fudge cake. They also serve custom rolled-ice-cream creations that start with a base of chocolate or vanilla, and from there, you can doctor up your dessert with a wide selection of fruit, candy and cereal toppings. Maddi Mae's is also known for its Maddi Shakes, which they serve with a monster straw for maximum enjoyment. Shakes are made starting with a choice of eight different flavors of ice cream, and then they can be enhanced with candy bar and cereal toppings.
We're just scratching the surface when it comes to ice cream parlors in the Smokies. In addition to the ones we've showcased over the past two weeks, you'll also see familiar national brands like Baskin Robins, Bruster's and Kilwin's as well as local/regional brands like Mayfield and Cruze Farm Dairy Bar. Chances are that if you spend any time ziplining Pigeon Forge with us at Smoky Mountain Ziplines, you won't have to travel far to find celebratory ice cream when your adventure is finished.