Nothing says, “summer,” like an ice cream in hand. From cones, banana splits, and floats, check out these ice cream shops across the Lone Star State that will satisfy any sweet tooth.
Yummy’s Ice Cream & Mini Donuts – McAllen
The ice cream shop in the Rio Grande Valley has a new take on sweets. Yummy’s Ice Cream & Mini Donuts offers customers coffee and milkshakes to sip on as well as their namesake treats to taste. The independent ice cream shop, owned by Peter Jurkin, serves ten different flavors, each homemade and hand-churned. The ice creams and sorbets are best served in a cone or topped with sprinkles like in Yummy’s special, a favorite on the menu. If you are looking for another bite, Yummy’s mini donuts can be enjoyed with a variety of toppings, from cereal, sweet glazes, and even gummy bears. These bite-size donuts will have you saying, “Yum,” as you reach for more!
Farm Luck Soda Fountain & Dry Goods – Waxahachie
Owners Chris and Pattilyn Wilkinson opened their doors in 2016. Inspired by the history of the farming industry in Ellis County, the husband and wife duo created Farm Luck to foster community in Downtown Waxahachie. Located in the old Waxahachie Bank & Trust building, the rich history of the building to the antique furniture adds to the experience. Have a seat at the soda fountain for a classic ice cream treat. Dig into ice cream floats, sodas, malts, and more. You can even sip on hand mixed old fashioned and sparkling sodas. Farm Luck will take you and your taste buds on a flavorful trip!
Lick Honest Ice Creams – Austin & San Antonio
Featured in Texasliving’s October 2019 issue, this central Texas creamery is a classic! Lick Honest Ice Creams, founded by Anthony Sobotik and Chad Palmatier in 2011, was formed to commemorate the Texas farms and farmers through honest made ice creams. The owners work to create delicious ice cream flavors with pure ingredients. These flavors are unique, from Goat Cheese, Thyme, and Honey to Texas Sheet Cake. Even seasonal ice creams like Horchata and Blueberry Crumble are savory. Lick also caters to those who still enjoy ice cream but follow dairy-free or vegan lifestyles, with friendly flavors that are also gluten-free. Visit Lick Honest Ice Creams for quality taste in every lick!
Holly Hop Ice Cream Shoppe – Lubbock
A trip to Holly Hop Ice Cream Shoppe is a trip back in time. The establishment’s moniker, coined in 2008, is a combination of owners’ Darryl and Stephanie Hollands’ surname, Lubbock’s very own Buddy Holly, and the original name of the shop which was The Ice Cream Shoppe. The 1950s inspired shop is fully equipped with black and white checkered flooring and pastel interiors for an authentic sock hop experience. Patrons can even play their favorite songs on a vintage Rock-Ola jukebox. “The jukebox features entirely ‘golden oldies’ from the 1950s and ’60s,” the owners said. Order off their Sweet Treats menu for a classic banana split made the old fashioned way. The ice cream shop serves 24 different flavors of hand-dipped and handcrafted flavors and eight dairy-free sorbets. You can sip on one of Holly Hop Ice Cream shops creamy malts and milkshakes with Elvis Presley playing on the juke!
Melt Ice Creams – Dallas & Fort Worth
In the southside of Fort Worth, Melt Ice Creams serve treats to change your day. Owners Mark and Kari Crowe-Seher opened the shop in 2014. Since then, the shop’s menu is ever-changing, as they rotate what they coined the “Sometimes Flavors” and keep their “Always Flavors” for guests to taste. These flavors include Cookie Crack, a vanilla ice cream mixed with chocolate cookie bits, and Velvet Vegan, a chocolatey dessert that is vegan-friendly. Get your ice cream fix on a Tuesday at Melt, and celebrate Taco Tuesday with an ice cream twist. The special allows guests to select two scoops of their favorite flavors, topped with whipped cream, and homemade caramel and chocolate sauce.
The Latest Scoop – San Angelo
For the Latest Scoop, ice cream is a legacy. With rich roots in San Angelo, the family has handcrafted ice cream from scratch for generations. Owner Sid started experimenting with developing creamy creations using the freshest ingredients in 1968. He has since then shared the business with his son Chris. The Latest Scoop has expanded what customers can sink their teeth into, crafting homemade flavored waffle cones. If you enjoyed one of their ice cream flavors and cannot get enough, the shop sells its flavors in pints and quarts. Talk about bringing home the latest scoop.
Fountainville Creamery and Soda Fountain – Midland
JP and Beverly Hearn, the minds behind the Fountainville Creamery and Soda Fountain, honor their origins through ice cream creations. The owners developed unique flavors inspired by their oil field family history, with flavors ranging from Black Gold, Caliche, Sandstorm, Ranch Road, and more that make up the creamery’s West Texas Collection. These flavors and others are made through the Fountainville process devoted to using fresh, local ingredients and natural flavors. Of these Black Gold, a black and rich ice cream infused with honey graham flavor and activated charcoal is a crowd favorite. If you are looking for an equally sweet but not cold dessert to munch on, Fountainville also serves fudge, made from scratch. The thick fudge flavors are topped with nuts, peppermint, marshmallows, and other sweet toppings that complement the chewy texture.