Happy National Ice Cream Month! During his presidency, Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month throughout the country. And because we like to mix it up here in Austin, we’ve included some ice cream alternatives for your choosing. Do your national duty and make America proud with these ice cream picks this month:
Straight out of Italy, Dolce Neve actually serves gelato — not ice cream — but their rich and unique flavors cannot be ignored. The head chef, Francesca, learned her craft at the Carpigiani Gelato University and she’s brought mind-blowing combinations like Chocolate and Cayenne or Goat Cheese with Blueberry Lime Jam back to the States. When it’s extra hot, try a sorbet in flavors like Apple and Cinnamon or Avocado and Coconut Milk (vegan!).
Also, not technically ice cream, Yeti serves up frozen custard using organic ingredients that boast a velvety smooth and rich flavor. Choose from Bourbon Vanilla, Chocolate or Swirl and add IBC Root Beer for a floating yeti or mix in a topper like strawberry or granola for a unique treat. What started as a trailer is also now available in Austin locations such as Thom’s Market and Quickie Pickie.
Obviously Amy’s is on this list. With 13 locations in Austin, you’re never too far from this Austin classic. With flavors like Shiner Bock and Zilker Mint Chip, you can’t get any more local than Amy’s. Feeling extra enthusiastic about National Ice Cream Month? Schedule a tour of the Amy’s Ice Cream Production Facility.
Since 2003, chef Matthew Lee has provided Austin with award-winning gelato and sorbettos from his shop in the 26 Doors Shopping Center. At this year’s Gelato World Tour, Lee was placed as one of the top three gelato makers in North America and will compete in the Gelato World Tour championship later this year. Better get there now so you can say you knew them when! Stop in and enjoy flavors like Chocolate Rosemary and Texas Peach Sorbetto today.
Located in a quaint shop on South Lamar, Lick prides itself on serving honest ice creams, in other words, they use only pure, whole ingredients. All of the milk and cream they use is sourced from local farmers which calls for some seriously delectable flavors. Roasted Beets and Fresh Mint? Dark Chocolate with Olive Oil and Sea Salt? Yes please! Vegans do not fear, Lick offers a dairy-free menu including Toasted Coconut or Vanilla and Strawberry Swirl.
Vegans, rejoice! National Ice Cream Month includes you too. Try Sweet Ritual, an all-vegan ice cream shop in Hyde Park. Combining coconut, non-GMO organic soy, sugar and real ingredients like fruits and spices, Sweet Ritual is the place to do ice cream guilt-free. In addition to your classic ice cream flavors, Sweet Ritual also offers interesting combos like Chocolate Chai and Salted Caramel. Head in for a scoop (or two), or go crazy with a sundae or banana split!
Ever heard of “Farchitecture”? Us neither. It is a combination of food + architecture and the inspiration behind Coolhaus. Like the ice cream sandwiches you ate as a kid, but oh so much better, Coolhaus offers what they call “architecturally-inspired gourmet ice cream.” Just pick your cookie from flavors like Peanut Butter Captain Crunch or Maple Flapjack and an ice cream flavor such as Cuban Cigar or White Russian and you’ve customized your own “cool house.”