Our Favorite Ice Cream Shops in 2020

July is National Ice Cream Month, and cooling off with this summer favorite is a treat the whole family can enjoy.

Growing up, one of my happiest memories was spending all day at the pool with my brother while listening for the ice cream truck’s siren song. We didn’t want the ice cream in our freezer because everyone knows it tastes better from the ice cream truck. I may have outgrown the magic of the ice cream truck, but ice cream from a parlor still tastes better than from the freezer because it’s not just a treat but an experience. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite ice cream shops so you too can treat yourself with the best this summer.

Melt Ice Creams – Fort Worth, Texas
Just a few years ago, Melt founder Kari Crowe-Seher figured out what was missing from Fort Worth's eclectic Near Southside: ice cream. But don’t expect to go there and only find chocolate and vanilla…this shop’s got flavor! Using locally sourced ingredients, Melt’s flavors change every six weeks to take advantage of seasonal delights like their delicious summer Pineapple Upside Down Cake flavor.

Roxy’s Ice Cream Social – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Probably the only ice cream shop named after a Great Dane, Roxy’s began as an ice cream trailer that made its way around the most popular places in OKC. Since 2012, owners Shane and Raena and, of course, their Great Dane, Roxy, have been touching the hearts of families who go to the Plaza District to savor their locally sourced ice creams.

Rude Boy Cookies – Albuquerque, New Mexico
Located off the iconic Hwy 66, Rude Boy Cookies is a cookie, ice cream and milk bar – yes, you read that right. They even have a milk cocktail! Rude Boy also has monthly baking and cookie decorating classes. Stop by, grab a treat and enjoy a cruising car show along Hwy 66. 

Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe – Lafayette, Louisiana
Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe is the last standing of its kind. It is the very last Borden Retail shop in the world and is an old-timey parlor where they make ice cream “the old-fashioned way.”  

Bonnie Brae Ice Cream – Denver, Colorado
Integrated into the local community, Bonnie Brae Ice Cream, with its classic ice cream parlor feel, is a neighborhood hotspot. The ice cream is made fresh onsite by “Ice Cream Chefs” and since 1986, they’ve been serving up delicious treats and helping families and friends create lasting memories.. 

Angelo Brocato’s Original Italian Ice Cream Parlor – New Orleans, Louisiana
Founded in 1905 by two Italian brothers, Angelo Brocato’s is a French-Quarter icon featuring freshly made ice cream and gelato. After Hurricane Katrina, the community rallied together around Angelo Brocato’s, and the day it reopened, the line was said to have circled the block!

Cloud 10 Creamery – Houston, TX
Cloud 10 Creamery was founded by award-winning pastry chef, Chris Leung. The creamery boasts its freshly made ice cream as “frozen luxury” which targets adults with unique flavor combinations such as banana cinnamon, dried rose petal with ruby chocolate, and toasted marshmallows with cranberry jam. This is the perfect spot for the adventurous ice cream lover!

Andy’s Frozen Custard – Dallas, TX
Andy’s Frozen Custard may be a chain, but it is loved by many. One of our team members, Marley Oldham-Carnes says “Andy’s is my favorite food, period! It’s the Cookie Casanova in particular that marries my love for frozen custard and a warm chocolate chip cookie.” Andy’s also offers a rotating seasonal menu making sure that there is always something new and exciting on the menu to give a try.

If you’d prefer to stay home and enjoy your frozen sweet treats, we’ve got you covered there too!

Cheers to warmer weather and those sweet summer memories over ice cream with your loved ones!

By Dana Omari, RDN, LDN

Dana Omari is a registered dietitian and believer in preventive nutrition. She is a member of the American and Texas Academies of Nutrition and Dietetics. When she’s not working, Dana volunteers for Homemade Hope and Champagne and Yoga. Learn more about Dana here.

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