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If you’ve lived in Dallas long enough, you probably have your go-to ice cream spot. But there’s a new crop of crowd-pleasers in town, and whether you like a simple scoop or an outside-the-box bowl, it’s time to give them a try. Your taste buds will thank you.

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Melt Ice Creams

Melt Ice Creams

After gaining a cult following in Fort Worth, this small-batch ice cream establishment has finally set up shop in Dallas. The location? Bishop Arts District. The verdict? Just as delightful as you’d expect, with whimsical flavors like Salt Lick, Cookie Crack and Lemonberry. A new set of four flavors is introduced every six weeks.

405 N. Bishop Ave.; 214-432-0183 or melticecreams.com

Baldo’s Ice Cream & Coffee

Ice cream and coffee? Our two favorite things. Combine them in a chic setup near Southern Methodist University and you’ve got this new shop that serves single, double or triple scoops, plus mini cone flights if you’d like to sample the selection. We’ll take a three-cone flight of Honey Lavender, Carrot Cake and Almond Chai, thank you very much.

6401 Hillcrest Ave.; 972-913-4001 or baldosdallas.com

 

Botolino Gelato Artigianale

Botolino Gelato Artigianale

Perhaps the best-kept secret in Dallas is located on Lower Greenville and features gelato that is legit as good as the real deal in Florence or Rome. That’s because the owner, Carlo “Botolo” Gattini, was trained by his grandmother, who owned her own shop in Italy and taught him everything. The overwhelming favorite? White coffee. The sleeper second? The good ol’ chocolate sorbetto that just so happens to be vegan.

2116 Greenville Ave.; 469-776-9077 or botolino.com

Milk and Cream

How do you make ice cream even more of a delicious guilty pleasure? Scoop it into a warm, flaky pastry and panini press it, that’s how. Throw some tasty toppings in the mix (think cereal, sprinkles, etc.) and you have this addictive creation that will be your new summer obsession. Just be prepared to wait in line if you go on a weekend.

5420 Ross Ave. #160; 214-377-7821

Howdy Homemade

Howdy Homemade

This darling old-school ice cream shop serves dessert with a purpose. Inside, you’ll be greeted with a smile, a scoop and a chance to nurture the career of those with special needs. This ice cream shop is about people first, then food, and it’s a darn good philosophy if we do say so ourselves. The flavor to try? Dr Pepper Chocolate Chip.

4333 Lovers Lane; 469-930-8494 or howdyhomemade.com

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