As if any of us really NEED an excuse to eat some sugar, the summer heat just begs us to add sweet treats to our diet! Here at Dallas Moms, we want you to be on your A-game, so we’ve rounded up quite a list in hopes that none of you are caught empty-handed.
20 Frozen Treats, Popsicles, and Slushes in Dallas
1. WILD ABOUT HARRY’S :: We’re wild about the frozen custard, described as a little richer than ice cream with an extra dose of egg yolks and less air to make it extra creamy. (We’re also wild about the hot dogs.) :: 4527 B Travis Street, Dallas
2. HYPNOTIC EMPORIUM :: For you lovers of Hypnotic’s donuts, go next door and let me make your day. May I introduce you to “The Dream”: scoop up to three homemade flavors between a glazed Hypnotic donut, which is then pressed like a panini and drizzled with caramel or chocolate topping. You are welcome. :: 9005 Garland Rd, Dallas
3. HENRY’S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM :: With past flavors like coconut, lavender vanilla and caramel corn, Henry’s Ice Cream puts Plano’s sugar scene on the map. :: 3100 Independence Parkway, Suite 215, Plano
4. MONSTER YOGURT :: We’ve blogged about this special gem before. Frozen yogurt, free wifi, a children’s play area, and free coffee for parents. What’s not to love? Monster Yogurt has two locations in Richardson and Casa Linda. :: 9540 Garland Rd, Dallas & 1360 W Campbell Rd, Suite 101, Richardson
5. HOWDY’S HOMEMADE :: Come for the ice cream (past flavors like Dr. Pepper chocolate chip, hot tamale, and avocado), but stay for the people. In addition to fabulous frozen cream, Howdy’s mission includes hiring and training people with Down Syndrome and Autism. I’ve been twice and the guy behind the counter remembered my kids’ names the second time we returned. That’s friendly service! :: 4333 Lovers Lane, Dallas
6. TOUNGE IN CHEEK :: This Richardson shop has become an instant favorite, offering dozens of homemade flavors for cones, shakes, floats, and pints. Special occasion? Pick up an ice cream cake or pie, or book their ice cream truck for your event. Bonus: they have a drive-thru for extra convenience! :: 526 W. Arapaho Rd, Richardson
BERRYNAKED :: If you really want to make your kiddos feel special, swing them by Berrynaked and order a Sinful Puree Bowls. Da-PLAY-YA is a waffle bowl layered in hazel-nut butter, banana, cream, and fudge bites, and then served with cookie crumble, whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, and… well, you’ll just have to order it for yourself. Or any of their signature gourmet pops, really. :: 5560 W Lovers Lane, Dallas // 326 W Campbell Road, Richardson // 7800 Windrose Ave, Plano
2021 Update: Nooooo, both Berrynaked locations have permanently closed. This was the healthiest option on the whole list, dangit!
8. POKEY-O’S :: When you combine two warm cookies with a scoop of Blue Bell ice cream, you create a little slice of my own personal heaven. And did you know they cater for events? A birthday dream! (Psst: They now have a food truck for the Collin County area) :: 3034 Mockingbird Ln, Dallas
9. BAHAMA BUCKS :: Snowcone, Snow Balls, Shaved Ice…whatever you call it, this is a must on a hot summer day. Endless flavors and locations all across the metroplex. :: Locations all across the metroplex
10. THE SWEET HOUSE :: Families with food allergies will want to check out this Rowlett shop’s vegan ice cream made with almond milk and gelato. For the rest of you lactose heathens, the adorable shop features handmade ice cream, popsicles in the summer, rare soda bottles, and old-fashioned candy. 7001 Rowlett Rd, Suite 200, Rowlett
11. FRUTERIA CANO :: Aguas frescas are THE summer fruity drink for many countries south of the border. Luckily, Dallas’ own Fruteria Cano has some pretty great offerings like fresh melons and mangos infused with sugar water and spices. :: 1133 N Zang Blvd; 800 S Beacon St
12. TC SHAVED ICE :: The opening of this hot pink shaved ice stand signifies the arrival of summer for me. You’ll see the standard rainbow-colored flavors but, be sure to check out the “Knockout” for an extra scoop of ice cream on top. While the original is in Dallas, locations now include Plano & Frisco. :: 10999 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX // 1126 E Parker Rd, Plano // 8750 Main St, Frisco
13. MELT :: The popular Fort Worth creamery has made its way to Dallas, the Bishop Arts District to be exact. You’ll find a rotating menu of unique “Sometimes Flavors” along with the more familiar (and kid-friendly) “Always Flavors.” :: 405 North Bishop Avenue, Dallas
14. FOOD TRUCKS :: Make sure to check the social media pages of Morgan’s Ice Cream (formerly Gypsy Scoops), Zuzu’s Sweet Creamery, and Neighborhood Ice Cream Truck to catch up with any of these mobile trucks on a hot summer day.
15. COW TIPPING CREAMERY :: When pizza guru Jay Jerrier (Cane Rosso and Zolie’s founder) gets behind something, people listen. Jay discovered this soft-serve mecca in Austin and convinced them northwards. Enjoy a “stacker,” their version of a layered sundae. My fave: Reese’s Witha’spoon with peanut butter blondie bar chunks and hot fudge. :: 3685 The Star Blvd., Suite 201, Frisco
16. SWEET MIX :: This place has been a date night favorite for years now. Hello, Nutella! So why are crepes on our frozen treat guide? Because when you add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it’s heaven! :: 1811 N Greenville Ave, Suite 300, Richardson
17. SNO GOURMET SHAVED ICE :: Some people swear shaved ice doesn’t get any better than North Dallas’ Sno. Hard to find flavors like nectar and spearmint find their way on the same menu as natural flavors like pineapple and coconut. :: 10455 N Central Expy #102, Dallas
18. LOWER GREENVILLE :: Lower Greenville is not the bar-hopping street you remember from college. Updated pedestrian paths were added in recent years making the strip family-friendly and bursting with restaurants and treat shops. New to the block: Joy Macarons is filling their French pastries with ice cream(!) and LA’s hottest trend, the “milky bun” hits our streets this summer. Milk & Cream opens with their featured ice cream stuffed in a doughnut-like bun/pastry. :: Joy Macarons, 1927 Greenville Ave, Dallas (also an Oak Cliff location); Milk & Cream, 5420 Ross Ave
19. STEEL CITY POPS :: Also located on Lower Greenville, you’ll want to check out the gourmet popsicles at Steel City Pops. Don’t be fooled—these aren’t your average popsicles. Each is gluten-free and completely natural. :: 2012 Greenville Avenue, Dallas // 6025 Royal Lane, Suite 105, Dallas
20. SWEET FIREFLY :: The Food Network lists Sweet Firefly as one of the top places to eat because of the signature flavor Coffee Toffee Crunch and the New Orleans-style SnowBall (a frozen concoction made from shaved ice and sweetened condensed milk). We love it because of the bargain prices for scoops and the old-fashioned penny candy. :: 2701 Custer Parkway, Richardson