Roll Me Up
The rolled ice cream trend inspired by Thai street food is the latest fad to hit Dallas. My kids are mesmerized by the process which takes about two minutes. Liquid ice cream is poured onto a sub-zero cold plate where it is spread out into a thin layer. Fresh fruit or ingredients such as cheesecake are then smashed into the ice cream, creating the flavor profile. Then as the ice cream starts to firm up, the server uses a spatula to make pretty rolls. Visit Chills 360’s Dallas or Fort Worth locations to try their seasonal flavor and sought after black ice cream, ‘Coconut Ash’, while S’mores and Mango Ice Cream are the most popular at I-CE-NY in Carrollton. If hipster spots aren’t your thing, then check out 10 ⁰ F Rolling Ice Cream at The Shops at Willowbend in Plano.
Chemistry Lessons are in Order
At iCream Café in Frisco, science and ice cream meet to make deliciousness. The made-to-order ice creams let visitors concoct their own combinations from vegan, dairy-free to sugar-free liquid bases with their own toppings. Liquid nitrogen is then added, resulting in a show-stopping science lab ‘poof’ of vapor as it freezes into ice cream. Their signature ‘The Guy From Florida’ blends cream soda, white chocolate and Nutella!
Classic Local Favorites
There’s something to be said for the staying power of old-time favorites. Highland Park Soda Fountain in downtown Dallas has been serving customers since 1912. Slip onto a counter stool and order up one of their famous grilled sandwiches with hand-spun malted shakes. At Big State Fountain Grill in Irving, you’d almost expect Fonzie to walk right into this 1950’s diner. Rock ‘n roll blares from the jukebox, and everyone enjoys a sock-hopping good time over an ice cream soda or shake.
Another tradition with many families is hot dogs and frozen custard at Wild About Harry’s in Dallas. The all-American ice cream parlor serves up classic flavors like vanilla and chocolate with toppings like Oreos and rainbow sprinkles. Make sure you add a dose of hot fudge.
In the Historic Downtown Denton Square, housed in a building that dates back to 1876, Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream is a staple. They still make their ice creams using a machine made in 1927. Owner Bob Moses, recommends KW’s Extreme Sundae: eight scoops of ice cream of your choice, banana, brownies and cookies drizzled with your favorite topping.
Social media junkies flock to Fort Worth’s Melt Ice Creams to snap an insta-worthy photo outside with their signature yellow wall. Locavores love ‘Cup of Texas’ which blends coffee grounds from coffee roaster down the street, Avoca. Seasonal favorite, ‘Nutty Nana’ has kids in giggles over the roasted banana, house-made toffee and salted peanuts.
Another gourmet ice cream company with a cult following is Cow Tipping Creamery food truck, which specializes in soft serve ice cream. Try the Stackers, their version of a sundae except it’s layered vertically. The High Tea Stacker is a creative concoction of fresh lemon curd, honey dust and crushed tea biscuits layered with a soft serve flavor of your choice. The food truck is now parked next to Monkey King Noodle in historic downtown Carrollton.
Not Ice Cream Shops, but Worth a Stop
A visit to CocoAndré Chocolatier in Dallas’ Oak Cliff neighborhood is as local as it gets. Mother and daughter owners, Andrea and Cindy Pedraza, welcome you to their chocolate shop like it’s their home. The Pedrazas draws from their Mexican heritage with hand-churned ice creams in flavors like Dulce de Leche and Mexican popsicles or paletas dipped in their house-made chocolates. Local Tip: Add a truffle to your ice cream cone for extreme decadence.
While French macarons are the main attraction at this Dallas hotspot, JOY Macarons has us saying “Oui! Oui!” to their ice cream sammys – ice cream tucked inside handmade macaron shells. The made-from-scratch ice creams with flavors like Cherry Amaretto and Hibiscus Lemonade change frequently, so check back often.