It won’t be long until we’ll be in the thick of a steamy summer (again). To celebrate, we thought it would be wise to scout out the go-to spots for fabulous frozen treats. Ice cream, snow cones, frozen yogurt — you get the idea. Honestly, we don’t think there this is a better way to chill on a hot afternoon.
At this fresh South Lamar spot, it takes an amped up portion of self control to stop at just one lick. The light and creamy ice cream here is made from seasonal pure ingredients — no artificial flavors or high-fructose corn syrup — and the milk and cream come from Mill-King Market & Dairy, just outside Waco. The flavors — there are 10 everyday offerings such as cilantro lime and Texas sheet cake — are just as intense and bold as they are soothing and subtle. Right now we are craving the sweet cream and strawberry. And the sweet pea and sorrel. Genius.
2032 S. Lamar Blvd., 512-363-5622, ilikelick.com
Jim-Jim’s Italian Water Ice
Just about every kid in town knows about Jim-Jim’s; that says something about this no-frills Austin institution that has been around for a decade. Concession stands are set up around town and at youth sporting events, but to experience all 24 flavors, head to the storefront on East Sixth Street. That’s where you find guava, melon ball, iced tea, strawberry-kiwi and cotton candy (just to name a few). Nothing says summer like Jim-Jim’s.
615 E. Sixth St., 512-708-8285, jimjimwaterice.com
Royers Pie Heaven
Situated at the corner of 29th and Guadalupe, this new outpost of the outrageously popular Round Top shop seems almost otherworldly with its country-kitsch ambience. But perhaps it is a stroke of brilliance, a convergence of students, parents, alumni and out-of-state newbies all in the name of pie. Another forward-thinking idea: pie shakes. Go for the Junk Berry Pie — a slice of said pie (a mix of apples, peaches, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries with a sour cream topping) with a scoop of ice cream and a splash of milk. Pure heaven.
2900 Guadalupe St., 512-474-2800, royerspiehaven.com
Simplicity reigns at this farmhouse-style gelateria designed by Dick Clark. Think fresh ingredients, no artificial flavors or thickeners, and a mixing and freezing technique that creates gelato with an ultra creamy consistency. The owners are transplanted Italians who work with local purveyors to find the freshest ingredients. The tiny spot on South First Street features traditional Italian favorites such as hazelnut, pistachio and stracciatella, but we prefer to sample the punchier offerings like chocolate with cayenne.
1713 S. First St., 512-804-5568, dolcenevegelato.com
We stumbled upon this tiny trailer tucked in an alcove near campus and fell in love. From the twinkle-lit space out front to the cool (literally) Asian-inspired offerings. The specialty here is handmade mochi ice cream. The outer portion — a dough made from sticky rice — acts as a soft shell around a ball of creamy, light ice cream. Flavors like ginger punch sorbet, green tea and nutella are on the menu, which varies from week to week and also features vegan offerings, such as the strawberry passion fruit. This funky spot also makes some deliciously cold drinks like the lychee rose fizzy float.
502 W. 30th St., 512-677-9986, frozenrickshaw.com