Photo Credit: Honeychild's Sweet Creams
Summer isn’t officially here yet, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the rapidly rising temperatures in Houston. And what better way to cool off than with a scoop of ice cream, snow cone or popsicle? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite spots for frozen treats in town. With this heat, we expect the cravings to hit often.
You can’t go wrong with any of the flavors at this Montrose shop. Their selection includes gelato, sorbet and yogurt in a mix of Italian, traditional and Houston-inspired flavors. Everything is prepared in-house without preservatives or fillers. We love the pomegranate rose sorbet and the stracciatella and malai kulfi gelatos but the flavor selection is so varied, you’ll find something for every taste.
What’s not to love about this Heights ice cream parlor? From its cute interior to its old-fashioned look to, well, the ice cream. The cats make small-batch ice cream using local ingredients. They serve five signature flavors including Mexican vanilla, milk chocolate stout, Waterloo strawberry buttermilk, Amaya coffee & cream and chai tea coconut, and a daily changing list of seasonal flavors. Also on the menu: push-pops, milkshakes, malts, old-fashioned sodas, sundaes and soft-serve.
If you’re in for a little adventure, head to Cloud10 Creamery in Rice Village to sample some of pastry chef Chris Leung’s small-batch creations. His 2016 summer menu includes flavors like guava-passion fruit sorbet, greek yogurt with cucumber, peaches and mustard seed, and sesame oil with black garlic. If the exotic isn’t your thing, opt for the classic flavors such as vanilla bean, spicy dark chocolate and peanut butter. Whatever you choose, you’ll be in for a treat.
A Houston institution, this family run ice cream parlor founded by the late Hank Wiggins has been selling handmade, old-fashioned ice cream for 20 years. Located near NRG Stadium, the bright space is decorated with photos of famous Houston personalities -- Beyonce is known to love their banana pudding ice cream. You can choose from 18 ice cream flavors on any given day. Popular choices include butter pecan, banana pudding, grape nut and blueberry cheesecake.
It’s easy to spot Gelazzi on White Oak in the Heights. Just look for the colorful “Greetings from Houston” mural on the side of the building. After you snap some shots (it’s hard to resist), head inside for some gelato. Gelazzi’s gelato comes in close to 40 flavors, ranging from a Shipley’s donut-flavored gelato to the more traditional and fruit flavors. If you can take the heat, enjoy your gelato and a game of bocce ball outside in the back patio.
Run by three sisters, this local business makes handmade frozen custards using high-quality, local ingredients. Sold in single-serve or pint containers, Honeychild’s creamy treats come in seven year-round flavors like black chocolate, café de olla and vanilla, plus a variety of seasonal flavors such as Meyer lemon and grapefruit crunch. There’s only one catch: Honeychild’s doesn’t have a storefront. You can buy their frozen custards at the Urban Harvest Eastside and City Hall Farmers Markets or at select locations in town, including Phoenicia and Antidote Coffee.
If you spot this snow cone food truck, make sure you stop for some shaved ice. Made with syrups prepared with real fruits and herbs, Yeti Sunshine’s snow cones are refreshing and just perfect to combat the high temps. Flavors change but some favorites include lime-Thai basil (a favorite), strawberry, cucumber-mint and mango. Check out them out on Twitter to find out where they’ll be next.