Rodeo Whip, Deland, FL

In early 2020 (gosh, it seems like a decade ago!), I visited Deland, Florida, a fun artsy community with a neat downtown, winter farmers market that was more of an art show and lots of events every weekend.

I’m sure much has changed with COVID-19, but it was a delight. I visited two ice cream places while there, and Rodeo Whip was a lovely surprise. It’s got a classic New England “seafood and ice cream feel” (all ice cream though, you won’t find seafood here), with kind of plastic-y, simple surroundings and a drive-thru.

Enjoy the cat decorations, quirky ceiling fixtures and plan ahead for the lack of a bathroom. And I LOVED seeing their allergens listed prominently.

Here’s what I tried:

Peppermint – This was subtler than I expected. It’s really nice. It wasn’t as creamy as I expected though, making me suspect the ice cream might be premium (rather than the creamier/fattier super premium typically is).

Cotton Candy – This flavor is so classic! It tastes just like cotton candy, and the sprinkles are a really fun add. Plus, it’s blue, so kids will love it.

Chocolate – This is a medium chocolate flavor, Belgian chocolate style, super creamy and it’s delicious! They tell me the vanilla is equally good. It’s almost grainy in texture like a fudgiscle would be. This is really delightful and possibly a contender for top 10 even! At least for a medium…it’s excellent.

Prices here are really cheap. I went with eight ounces, which was the smallest option to get two flavors.

I didn’t have particularly high hopes for Rodeo Whip. It looks like a cheap and old-fashioned place to grab ice cream on a Friday. And it IS, but in a good way, with their chocolate ice cream especially well worth a visit. We loved it.

Thanks all, take care, and happy eating!

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