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    Tropical Sno in Des Moines Area

    I am back visiting Des Moines and I was searching for my favorite summer treat- Tropical Sno

    It seemed like these places used to be everywhere and now they are hard to find- do you know of any?



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    Re: Tropical Sno in Des Moines Area

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonefangf View Post
    I am back visiting Des Moines and I was searching for my favorite summer treat- Tropical Sno

    It seemed like these places used to be everywhere and now they are hard to find- do you know of any?
    Two in Ames, one where happy joes used to be, the other at the corner of 30th and grand I believe.


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    Re: Tropical Sno in Des Moines Area

    There is one on 73rd, in the parking lot of what used to be a gas station, right out front of the Walnut Creek YMCA.



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    Re: Tropical Sno in Des Moines Area

    what's so great about shaved ice with flavoring? heck buy a Snoopy Snow cone machine and you can make em yourself.



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    Re: Tropical Sno in Des Moines Area

    what's so great about shaved ice with flavoring?
    Everything?



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    Re: Tropical Sno in Des Moines Area

    72nd and Douglas in Urbandale


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    Re: Tropical Sno in Des Moines Area

    I always wished it was a flavored vodka sno cone.



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    Re: Tropical Sno in Des Moines Area

    Quote Originally Posted by JP4CY View Post
    I always wished it was a flavored vodka sno cone.
    Now this I could get behind.



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    Re: Tropical Sno in Des Moines Area

    Quote Originally Posted by JP4CY View Post
    I always wished it was a flavored vodka sno cone.
    Used to work at one, tried this at closing one weekend and it turned out pretty poorly. I wouldn't advise.


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    Re: Tropical Sno in Des Moines Area

    Quote Originally Posted by Cychotiic View Post
    Two in Ames, one where happy joes used to be, the other at the corner of 30th and grand I believe.
    Did the one next to happy joes move? I thought there was one next to that old car dealership on Duff and S 16th.



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    Re: Tropical Sno in Des Moines Area

    Quote Originally Posted by longtimeclone View Post
    Did the one next to happy joes move? I thought there was one next to that old car dealership on Duff and S 16th.
    Yep that one moved.


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    Re: Tropical Sno in Des Moines Area

    There used to be one in the parking lot of Val Lanes. We used to go every Wednesday during the summer for 50 cent bowling, but haven't been in a few years. Anyone know if it's still there (Tropical Sno not Val Lanes)?


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    Re: Tropical Sno in Des Moines Area

    Quote Originally Posted by AllIowaTeams View Post
    There used to be one in the parking lot of Val Lanes. We used to go every Wednesday during the summer for 50 cent bowling, but haven't been in a few years. Anyone know if it's still there (Tropical Sno not Val Lanes)?
    Nope drove by that one yesterday and it's not there anymore :(

    Just went to the one by Walnut Creek YMCA- it was delicious



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    Re: Tropical Sno in Des Moines Area

    Quote Originally Posted by AllIowaTeams View Post
    There used to be one in the parking lot of Val Lanes. We used to go every Wednesday during the summer for 50 cent bowling, but haven't been in a few years. Anyone know if it's still there (Tropical Sno not Val Lanes)?
    Appears that this is gone from the bowling alley. Drive past it 4 times a day. There is a fruit stand there though.

    Saw one in the parking lot at 35th and EP True. NE corner, I think there is a vet clinic in part of the building.



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    Re: Tropical Sno in Des Moines Area

    The Tropical Sno game used to be there for the younger people getting into the shaved ice market. Things changed in the recession a few years ago, lots of cash calls and tenders from major investors. These things are just such a huge capital investment that only the big boys can play this game anymore.



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