By Jaxie Pidgeon
The dog days of summer are upon us! What better way to cool off than with a fun and frosty treat! From snow cones to ice cream, from popsicles to smoothies—here’s the scoop on where to indulge your summer sweet tooth.
Authentic Italian ice cream made with only organic, natural ingredients makes this treat delicious, but it’s the presentation that impresses the artiste in you. Born in 2002 in the heart of Paris on Île St. Louis, Amorino has expanded internationally with locations in Europe, Mexico, Asia, and now to our very own Legacy West in Plano! But, be prepared to wait in line for their “gelato flower” creations artfully hand-crafted with patience and skill, making each petal almost too beautiful to eat. Expert advice: Top your gelato off with a signature gourmet macaron!
7700 Windrose Ave., Ste. G157 | Plano
Sunday 11am – 11pm
Monday-Thursday 12pm – 11pm
Friday 12pm – 12am
Saturday 11am – 12am
Sweet Daze Dessert Bar
No wonder GuideLive.com named this spot one of Dallas’ “Most Instagrammable Spots!” From its marble countertops and floor to the neon pink signage, this festive dessert destination will satisfy a summer sweet tooth and feed your Instagram with amazingly photogenic treats including made-from-scratch soft serve ice cream in flavors like Fruity Pebbles, Peaches & Cream and Oreo Mint. They also have alternative options for vegans, vegetarians, and those who are dairy-free. Be sure to tag us in your post!
581 W. Campbell Rd., Ste. 127 | Richardson
Sunday-Thursday 12pm – 10pm
Friday-Saturday 12pm – 11:45pm
Pokey O’s Cookies & Ice Cream
With a dynamic duo of a fresh baked cookie and Blue Bell ice cream, what’s not to love? Sure, this fun eatery offers a variety of desserts, but here the ice cream sandwich (aka Pokey O) rules, customized with your choice of 13 kinds of cookies and 16 flavors of ice cream.
3034 Mockingbird Ln. | Dallas
330 Parker Sq. | Flower Mound
Sunday 12pm – 10pm
Monday-Saturday 11am – 10pm
A cross between ice cream and a snow cone makes a Snowbaby! These desserts are thinly shaved ice sheets that are then layered to create a snow-like texture, then topped with fresh fruits and treats and drizzled with sweetened condensed milk. The combination is a refreshing delectable gluten-free treat without the heavy feeling and calories of ice cream. No wonder D Magazine named it “Best Snow Cones and Shaved Ice in Dallas!”
6404 Gaston Ave. | Dallas
Sunday 12:30pm – 8pm
Tuesday-Thursday 3pm – 8pm
Friday 3pm – 10pm
Saturday 12:30pm – 10pm
Sablon Chocolate Lounge
Sablon is a chocolate lover’s dream come true! They offer a variety of unique and delicious creations like chocotails, Belgian frappes, grand chocoshakes, fondues, sundaes, and so much more. Their chocolate is of supreme quality, sourced all the way from Belgium and Italy. Yes indeed, these decadent creations are worth the extra time in the gym.
3839 McKinney Ave., Ste. 157 | Dallas
Sunday 12pm – 10:30am
Monday-Thursday 4pm – 10:30pm
Friday 4pm – 11:30pm
Saturday 12pm – 11:30pm
Specially trained Creamologists use liquid nitrogen to hand-craft their premium ice cream masterpieces. One scoop at a time. In fact, they do not start making your ice cream until you order, so you can watch the magic happen right in front of your eyes. Not only is your ice cream incredibly creamy (hence the name!), you customize your all-natural ‘base’ with your choice of 60 flavors, toppings, mix-ins. Oh, my! Vegan and dairy free options are also available.
5100 Belt Line Rd., Ste. 610 | Dallas
1929 Greenville Ave. | Dallas
Sunday-Thursday 12pm – 11pm
Friday-Saturday 12pm – 12am
This shop takes ice cream to the next level and is a great hangout spot for all ages. They use homemade ice cream and bubble waffle cones that they make into an impressive presentation. With extremely generous portions, you get your bang for your buck with the “build your own” that comes with unlimited toppings and a scoop of ice cream in a waffle.
2625 Old Denton Rd., Ste. 555 | Carrollton
Monday 12pm – 8pm
Wednesday-Thursday 12pm – 8pm
Friday-Saturday 12pm – 10pm
Fat Straws Bubble Tea Co.
It’s always a par-tea at Fat Straws! They offer a wide variety of teas, coffees, smoothies, slushes, and shakes to fit any craving, from an avocado smoothie to a watermelon cooler. Try a classic milk tea – a refreshing combo of organic black or green tea with milk or non-dairy creamer served with their signature chewy tapioca balls (aka bubbles) or opt for a vibrant dairy-free tea infused with your choice of fruit flavors and hand-shaken to perfection by their always friendly staff.
5301 Alpha Rd., Ste. 38 | Dallas
6509 W. Park Blvd., Ste. 425 | Plano
11810 Preston Rd., Ste. 150 | Dallas
1251 W. Campbell Rd., Ste. 230 | Richardson
Sunday 10am – 9pm
Monday-Saturday 10am – 10pm
Once you pop you can’t stop! These gourmet pops are made with real cream, real milk, real fruit, and organic cane sugar. With over 40 unique popsicle flavors like Root Beer, Banana Puddin’, Candy Bar Crunch, and Coffee & Donuts, Frios makes it easy to chill out this summer. They also offer a variety of vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options too. Pop in for straight-from-the-farm fresh and frozen perfection.
106 N. Chestnut St. | McKinney
941 Garden Park Dr. | Allen
1640 W. University Dr. | Denton
Hours vary per location
Cow Tipping Creamery
We all scream for ice cream, especially when there are endless topping combinations! This family-owned ice cream shop specializes in soft serve ice cream and prides themselves on their unique topping selections that are included in their stackers (aka sundaes). They have rotating weekly special flavors that will have you wanting to come back for more.
3685 The Star Blvd., Ste. 201 | Frisco
Sunday-Wednesday 12pm – 9pm
Thursday-Saturday 12pm – 10pm
Andy’s Frozen Custard
This tween, teen and family-friendly hot spot will satisfy your sweet tooth with the “world’s best frozen custard” offered via drive-through or walk-up service. Choose one of their custom “concretes” with mix-and-match toppings like the Triple Chocolate blended with chocolate chip cookie dough and melted chocolate chips (need I say more?!) or the Ozark Turtle with hot fudge, cream caramel, and roasted pecans. Or make a custom concoction of your own with a list of 30 toppings to pick from. Speedy and friendly service tops off this fun stop. And, they are open late!
1733 E. Hebron Pkwy. | Carrollton
9310 Lebanon Rd. | Frisco
16061 Eldorado Pkwy. | Frisco
11575 Frisco St. | Frisco
9655 Audelia Rd. | Dallas
Sunday-Thursday 11am – 11:30pm
Friday-Saturday 11am – 12am