It’s finally the season for sticky fingers and shakes. Check out our list of new and old-faithful scoop shops in North Texas where you can find a sweet treat, lickety-split. (They’re listed in alphabetical order; it’s too tough to pick favorites.)
But before you get the ice cream scoop: You know about the summer’s hottest cold trends, right? Start here:
You might giggle at the name, and that’s fine. Berrynaked is a popsicle shop that serves tasty treats in flavors such as prickly pear lemonade, key lime coconut and blueberry cobbler.
At Berrynaked’s new Richardson shop, they also sell fruit-based puree bowls — which aren’t ice cream, but forgive us if we think they’re worth mentioning: It’s a bowl of berries and superfoods, with dessert-like mix-ins available such as cookies n’cream. Yum!
- 326 W. Campbell Road, Richardson; 5560 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas. A coming-soon stall inside Legacy Hall will be located at 7800 Windrose Ave., Plano.
This place is famous in Denton, especially among kids. Stop into the original shop on the Denton Square; no jaunt around downtown feels complete without a scoop.
- Two locations: 117 W. Hickory St. and 2900 Wind River Lane, both in Denton. facebook.com/beth.maries.ic.
Dallas’s latest ice cream addition is scooping up French custard-style ice cream, and it’s made start to finish from scratch. Can’t decide between the shop’s unique flavors such as vanilla matcha or peanut butter brownie? Owner Stephen Smith says you can’t go wrong with roasted banana pudding, one of his personal favorites. Calling all vegans: You can enjoy ice cream at Betty Ringer, too! The shop always has one vegan flavor, like raspberry chocolate chip, available. Besides ice cream, the shop will also offer chocolates, cookies, caramels and other confections. Ice cream sandwich anyone?
- 750 Fort Worth Ave., Dallas. facebook.com/bettyringericecream.
Rolled ice cream is having a moment in D-FW right now; in fact, we dedicated an entire feature story to it recently. The style has permeated areas throughout North Texas, but Chills 360 in Deep Ellum was one of the first to arrive and do it really, really well; the company now has a second Chills 360 in North Texas, in Rockwall.
There can be long lines at the popular Deep Ellum shop, but customers don’t seem to mind. Originating in Thailand, this treat involves sweet cream poured onto a chilled metal sheet. It’s then chopped, diced and metaphorically “stir-fried” with mix-ins you choose before being rolled up into a breathtaking presentation. It’s way Instagram-worthy, and that’s to say nothing about the delicious taste.
- 2646 Elm St., Dallas; 118 E. Rust St., Rockwall. facebook.com/chills360irolls.
Go for Wookiee’s Cookies (cinnamon ice cream with chocolate chunks and oatmeal cookies in it) at this cute Fort Worth shop. Or maybe Texas Praline if you’re feeling proud. Gypsy Scoops also has two food trucks that come to you for special events.
- 2905 Race St., Fort Worth. gypsyscoops.com.
The slogan from this longtime Plano shop is “Ice cream makes you pretty.” You know, they just might be right. Stop into the shop for favorites such as chocolate-almond or vanilla-peanut-butter, or keep an eye out at restaurants in D-FW; Henry’s is served all over town.
- 3100 Independence Parkway, Plano. henryshomemadeicecream.com.
It’s nearly impossible not to respond with a spirited “howdy!” upon walking into Howdy Homemade in Dallas. Its cheerful employees, many of whom have special needs, welcome customers and offer samples of the many flavors. Feel free to try samples of flavors such as dreamsicle and avocado lime. But ultimately, it’s the popular Dr Pepper chocolate chip — and the friendly staff — that keeps us coming back.
- 4333 Lovers Lane, Dallas. howdyicecream.com.
Servers wear white garrison caps and colorful bowties and serve patrons at a charming bar. All of Hypnotic Emporium’s ice creams are made by Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, a Denton-based company that ranks as a favorite for many in northern North Texas. Some of the 120 rotating ice cream flavors include campfire s’mores, cupcake, cappuccino chip and honey lavender. But don’t skip the doughnut ice cream sandwiches, which make this old-timey place feel current.
- 9005 Garland Road, Dallas. hypnoticemporium.com.