From artisan small batch ice creams to exotic Mexican pops or sinful shakes, locally crafted frozen treats are dotting the urban landscape. Here’s the, ahem, scoop on where to chill out!
1. Pastry chef Chris Leung’s new Cloud 10 Creamery’s (5216 Morningside Dr., 281.310.1662) dreamy grapefruit and olive oil, tomato and strawberry or white chocolate and kiwi ice cream and sorbet creations will put you on cloud 9. The extended menu proffers ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes, frozen cakes and more.
2. Fat Cat Creamery (1910 Shepherd Dr., fatcatcreamery.com) scoops up all kinds of decadence like blackberries and cream, strawberry buttermilk and gin, or spiced-apple brandy push pops. Look for their first brick and mortar shop to open any day now or check the website for locations who serve its confections.
3. Pastry chef Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar (550 Heights Blvd., 832.374.8340) whips freezer pops in unique flavors like red berry or cucumber mint, which can be purchased at Revival Market or the Eatsie Boys café.
4. Hugo’s (1600 Westheimer Rd., 713.524.7744) makes the most of summer fruit by serving Mexican frozen paletas de aguas dulce in coconut, peach, strawberry, blackberry and more. (Find the recipes in the new Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico cookbook photographed by Penny de las Sotos.)
5. La Gelateria (2701 W. Dallas St., 713.522.5120) near Nino’s serves a rainbow of beautifully hued gelato from local Trentino Gelato in classic Italian style. Think pistachio, stracciatella, raspberry, coconut and more. Divina!