Many Floridians don’t even blink twice at the miraculous sight of humongous soft-serve ice cream cones. Those unfamiliar with the myriad joys of the Florida phenomenon known as Twistee Treat, however, are likely to veer off the road for a vanilla-strawberry swirl — or perhaps a peanut butter banana milkshake — and the requisite photo op in front of a 28-foot-tall fiberglass ice cream cone topped with LED sprinkles.
Founded in North Fort Meyers, Twistee Treat has been around since 1983 with new locations under current corporate ownership opening regularly. A handful of unmistakable modular Twistee Treat cones have even migrated outside of Florida over the years, many in the Midwest and many operating under different names such as King Kone in Perry, Michigan. If your pulse quickens at the thought of kitschy throwback architecture and soft-serve available in a ton of flavors, then Twistee Treat, be it in Orlando, Tarpon Springs or St. Pete’s, could very well be your Shangri-La.