Treat Yourself: Cold, Local Treats to Enjoy This Summer

Frozen TreatsIt’s summer in Texas, and people have been quarantined in their houses for several months. Now is the perfect time to get out and treat yourself to one of Austin’s many great cold treat options. From Austin’s own Lick Honest Ice Creams to Italian gelato at Dolce Neve or shaved ice at Sno-Beach, there are an abundance of choices to whet your whistle and satisfy your cravings. For the latest updates on hours and operational considerations, please check each location’s website for current details.

Lick Honest Ice Creams

Lick Honest Ice Creams certainly lives up to its name. This favorite spot works with local farms to create unique flavors like Goat Cheese, Thyme & Honey or Roasted Beets & Fresh Mint. Their seasonal flavors are always locally sourced, like the Yellow Rose & Elderberry, for instance, made with Austin-owned products like Respect Your Elderberries syrup, Antique Rose Emporium yellow rose petals and heirloom roses from Hausbar Urban Farm. Even if you are dairy-free or vegan, Lick truly has something for everyone, so make sure to add this to your summer dessert bucket list!


Snow cones: you can’t go wrong with this classic summer treat, and Sno-Beach is serving up some of the best shaved ice in town. This Austin original has creative flavors and an awesome atmosphere that will make you feel right at home. Pick from fruity flavors like Hawaiian or Strawberry Daiquiri or try something a little sweeter like Cheesecake or Cotton Candy. Make sure to try this Austin staple that is sure to make you want summer to last forever.

Holla Mode

Want to try a really unusual and delicious kind of ice cream? Look no further than Holla Mode. This food truck serves Thai style rolled ice cream that not only tastes great but is also fun to watch being made. Holla Mode has many specials including Remember the Alamode and Key Lime P-ice Cream. You also have the option to create your own by picking your base, flavor, chops and tops. Make sure to snap a picture before you devour it!

Cow Tipping Creamery

If you want amazing soft serve ice cream, Cow Tipping Creamery is the place to go. Pick from their own selection of creations or make your own. The Brownie & Cookie D’oh and the Gimme S’more are some of our favorites. Choose from toppings like honey dusted pecans, funfetti cake chunks or toasted coconut. You can also add one of their many sauces like strawberry pure or brown sugar hot fudge. Next time you’re looking for delicious soft serve, Cow Tipping Creamery has you covered!

Blenders & Bowls

Acai bowls have become increasingly popular, and we can definitely see why. Blenders and Bowls serves some of the best fruity treats in Austin and has quickly become many people’s regular local snack spot. Try out the O.G. with  acai, strawberries, bananas and apple juice or the Sesher with acai, blueberries, bananas, peanut butter and chocolate almond milk. You really can’t go wrong with anything at Blenders and Bowls, so head on over and try some of their smoothies and delicious bowls.

Churro Co.

What could be more satisfying than a churro and ice cream? Churro Co. is bringing a unique twist to this cinnamon classic and providing some of the best churro dishes around. Once you try one, you’ll want to go back multiple times to try every type of churro they have to offer. Go for a traditional churro and choose your dipping sauce, or literally heat things up with the Campfire - a churro tossed in graham cracker sugar, topped with Mexican chocolate sauce, whipped cream and torched marshmallows. This creation is both a masterpiece to look at and to eat!

Amy's Ice Cream

Summer is just not as fun without ice cream and the perfect local place to go is Amy’s Ice Cream. You can go with a classic, local favorite like Mexican Vanilla or Belgian Chocolate, or try something a little different like Zilker Mint Chip. When you visit an Amy’s, you could get some extra entertainment when a “Scoop” throws your ice cream into the air before catching it in a cup. Amy’s is known for their talented “Scoops” that can do tricks with ice cream—a sight definitely worth seeing.

Cold Cookie Company

What’s better than a cold cookie sandwich with rich, creamy ice cream on a summer day? If you want two delicious treats in one, then head on over to Cold Cookie Company. Choose from a variety of options like a cookie sandwich made of Snickerdoodle cookies and Mint Monster ice cream, or you can try their own creation: the “Unshake.” With cookies and toppings layered in a cup rather than mixed together, this concoction is uniquely scrumptious. Choose from a variety of cookie and ice cream flavors, and select from their many toppings to make your dessert dreams come true.

Dolce Neve

Real Italian gelato is one of the best cold treats you could have to satisfy your craving for something sweet on a hot summer day. However picking only one flavor from Dolce Neve is extremely hard to do. One of our favorites is their signature Dolce Neve flavor—a delightfully creamy blend with a refreshing pop of lemon. You can also go for one of their classic flavors like Salted Caramel or a rotating flavor like Tiramisu. It’s too hard to choose just one flavor at Dolce Neve so don't be shy! Stop by more than once this summer and try them all.

Nada Moo

Enjoying ice cream can be really difficult when you can’t eat dairy. Luckily, Nada Moo is helping people enjoy ice cream without the dairy factor getting in the way. Try out scoops of Cookie Dough Fudge, Peach Cobbler or Marshmallow Stardust. One of our favorites is the Loaded Cookies & Cream Shake which can be made with your choice of oat milk or cold brew. Make sure to visit their storefront on South Lamar or find them in Whole Foods to try all of their amazing dairy free options.

Sweet Ritual

Sweet ritual offers some of the best vegan ice cream in Austin. Along with their delicious flavors, they have a gorgeous store that is totally insta-worthy (if the inside is open) and makes eating their ice cream that much more enjoyable. Choose from coconut milk, peanut butter, even sunflower seed butter bases (and so many more!) to get exactly what you want. Stop by to pick up an ice cream cake for a special event or just grab a scoop for a snack. Whatever the reason, Sweet Ritual will satisfy the sweet tooth of both vegans and non-vegans alike.

A truly unique food trailer in Austin, Bananarchy provides the perfect summer treat—cold, fruity and sweet all in one. Bananarchy describes their creations as “revolutionary desserts,” and we couldn’t say it better ourselves. Our favorite has to be one of their specialties, the Peanut Butter Pie Banana, made with vegan chocolate, creamy peanut butter and graham cracker crumbs. Feeling creative? You can also build your own with a variety of different concoction possibilities. We promise you'll go bananas over these sweet treats.

Story by Addison Starr. Photos by Edible Austin