The 10 Best Frozen Treats to Cool Down with This Summer
It’s 90 degrees out and humid enough to make your arm hair frizz. Yeah, we’d say this calls for an ice cream cone. Here, ten ice-cold treats to keep you from melting your face off happy this summer.
Miko’s Italian Ice
Deciding to have this fruity, creamy, dairy-free treat is easy. The hard part is choosing among the rotating 25-plus flavors. Lemon? Mango? Banana chip? We suggest doing it up with a combo.
Multiple locations; mikositalianice.com
Gelato at Black Dog Gelato
This gelateria isn’t stingy about samples. That’s key when there are so many intriguing flavors to try. Goat cheese caramel cashew and sesame fig chocolate chip are our favorites.
Multiple locations; blackdogchicago.com
ICE CREAM AT RAINBOW CONE
This South Side creamery creates rainbows with layers of chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House (vanilla with cherries and walnuts) and pistachio ice cream plus orange sherbet. Sure beats ROY G BIV.
9233 S. Western Ave.; 773-238-7075 or rainbowcone.com
SHAVED SNOW AT SNOW DRAGON SHAVERY
Your favorite fro-yo has nothing on this Taiwanese-style shaved snow. Start with flavors like green tea and piña colada, then add mix-ins from mochi balls to gummy worms. The flavors and the way the flakes melt in your mouth will have you hooked.
Multiple locations; snowdragonshavery.com
HALO-HALO AT ISLA PILIPINA
Shaved ice, mixed fruits, sweet beans, purple yam ice cream and leche flan. These are the ingredients that make up the traditional Filipino dessert Halo-Halo. They’re also what makes us smile.
2501 W. Lawrence Ave.; 773-271-2988 or islapilipina.com
BAKED ALASKA AT ATWOOD
It’s a hard feat to improve upon classic Baked Alaska, but Atwood succeeds. Is it the toasted marshmallow fluff, sweet potato ice cream, salted caramel or perfectly moist chocolate cake? We’re too busy devouring ours to analyze.
1 W. Washington Blvd.; 312-368-1900 or atwoodrestaurant.com
NEGRONI SLUSHY AT PARSON’S CHICKEN & FISH
Yes, it’s churned in a machine that looks an awful lot like the one you’ll find at 7-Eleven. But this slushy, made with Letherbee gin, Luxardo bitters, sweet vermouth and citrus, is decidedly sophisticated. Just make sure to wipe the orange mustache from your lip.
2952 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-384-3333 or parsonschickenandfish.com
CONCRETE AT SCOOTER’S FROZEN CUSTARD
Elvis (vanilla custard with peanut butter cups and bananas) may be one of Scooter’s top-selling concrete flavors. But with 93 nights of summer, you have ample time to try strawberry, coconut cream and all the possible build-your-own permutations.
1658 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-244-6415 or scootersfrozencustard.com
BOOZY SNOW CONE AT PUNCH HOUSE
We thought we were pretty clever when it came to creating new and exciting ways to imbibe alcohol. Then Punch House blew us away by simply pouring its popular punches over shaved ice. Genius.
1227 W. 18th St.; 312-526-3851 or punchhousechicago.com
ICE-CREAM DOUGHNUT SANDWICH AT FIRECAKES
Our mom would never let us have ice cream for breakfast. Fortunately, we’re adults now and Firecakes gets it. Homemade gelato sandwiched inside a doughnut? Forget it.
Multiple locations; firecakesdonuts.com