Jul 24

Treat Yourself Today: Sweet Tides -- You Build It! Funnel Cakes and Sundaes

Oh my gosh, are you in for a treat this month, my fellow Foodies!


Freshly-made funnel cake, dusted with powdered sugar… mmmm!

You know that expression, “like a kid in a candy store”? That’s how you’ll feel at Sweet Tides – You Build It! Funnel Cakes and Sundaes.

Located near the front of the park between Currents gift shop and Shamu’s Underwater Viewing exhibit, this colorful and fun treatery (why have I not coined that term sooner?) is a party for your eyes and taste buds. The concept is pretty simple. You start off with a freshly-made funnel cake dusted with powdered sugar or with two scoops of vanilla or chocolate ice cream, or a waffle cone sundae with two scoops of either vanilla or chocolate ice cream.

Once you’ve decided, you’re well on your way to creating your masterpiece. The toppings station is your next stop. There are many different kinds to choose from, which means endless combination possibilities. Your topping options include chopped peanuts, marshmallows, shredded coconut, Butterfinger pieces, and an array of Ghirardelli sauces, just to name a few.

For example, you can start with M&M’s, followed by Oreo cookie crumbles…

…then add some gummy bears…

…followed by Ghirardelli caramel sauce.

You can do the same for your waffle cone ice cream.

I’m no Picasso, but I can definitely feel like one with my own treat masterpiece.

Younger guests have the option of getting their treat in a souvenir Shamu bowl.

If you’re looking for allergy-friendly treats, Sweet Tides has you covered. From gluten-free crunch dried fruit and pretzels, to jelly beans, brownies and cookies, there’s something for everyone at this treatery.

Here’s my insider tip for you: The best moments to enjoy your treats from Sweet Tides are at Shamu Stadium while waiting for Shamu Rocks to start or by the Caribbean flamingos viewing area at Manta, where you’ll have a great view of the Into the Blue fireworks spectacular!