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15 Essential DFW Ice Cream Destinations

Frozen treats to make summer more bearable.

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| Lori Bandi

Whether you're a kid or a grownup, ice cream (or gelato, or frozen custard) never loses its appeal, especially when it's 100-plus degrees outside. Whether you're in the mood for a simple soda fountain classic like a hot fudge sundae, a trendy macaron ice cream sandwich, or something a bit more unusual — think exotic flavors like saffron, sweet corn, and avocado — here are 16 of the best places in DFW to satisfy a frozen dessert craving. (In the mood for a snow cone? We've got you covered.)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. CoolHaus

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2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 716-4500
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This ice cream sandwich truck specializing in custom cookie-wiches can be found most days (all day) at Klyde Warren Park, but check their schedule for details before you head out. Possible cookie and ice cream combinations range from classic (chocolate chip with vanilla) to rather eccentric (potato chip-butterscotch with fried chicken and waffles). [Photo: Coolhaus]

2. Henry's Homemade Ice Cream

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3100 Independence Pkwy Suite #215
Plano, TX 75075
(972) 612-9949
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Henry's provides ice cream to a ton of different restaurants in the Metroplex, but for the ultimate selection, head to the retail location in Plano, where you'll find go-to favorites like cinnamon, butter pecan and chocolate chip served alongside more, er, experimental flavors such as sweet corn, licorice, and avocado. There's a reason Henry's has been going strong for 25-plus years now. [Photo: Henry's]

3. Highland Park Pharmacy

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3229 Knox St
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 521-2126
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This old-fashioned soda fountain has been serving Dallas since 1912, and it remains a favorite place to stop in for a sweet treat. Ice cream cups and cones are available, but best bets are the sweet, rich milkshakes in flavors like butterscotch, chocolate and strawberry, or for something a little lighter, the orange freeze made with sherbet. [Photo: Google Maps]

4. Melt Ice Creams

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954 W Rosedale St
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(817) 886-8365
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Kari Crowe's hip Near Southside ice cream shop relies heavily on local ingredients to make its flavors like Nuts For Rosie (salted Texas pecans and fresh rosemary) and Dude Sweet Chocolate, plus vegan options and sorbets. Get it in a cup, a housemade waffle cone, or grab a take-home pint; they're now doing weekend popups inside Urban Acres in Oak Cliff, too. [Photo: Malcolm Mayhew]

5. Old Town Creamery

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6205 Coit Rd
Plano, TX 75024
(972) 673-0285
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Tucked away in a Plano strip mall next to a Starbucks is this small shop offering some of the most unique ice cream flavors you'll find in DFW. Think lychee, almond-pistachio-saffron, custard apple, Thai tea, Thai coffee, oolong tea and falooda, which contains rose flavoring. (If there are picky eaters or kids in your group, they also have flavors like cookies and cream or bubblegum.) [Photo: Old Town Creamery/Facebook]

6. Paciugo

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2115 Abrams Rd
Dallas, TX 75214
(214) 828-8777
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At least in Dallas, Paciugo has become synonymous with gelato. Yes, it's a (rather large) chain -- since opening its first Dallas store in 2000, the gelato masters at Paciugo have since grown to 40-plus locations -- but it's also creamy, dense and comes in a huge array of rotating flavors ranging from chocolate-hazelnut and balsamic strawberry to candy-colored rose and violet. It also has about 70 percent less fat than regular ice cream, if that kind of stuff matters to you. [Photo: Paciugo/Facebook]

7. Sprinkles Ice Cream

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8413 Preston Center Plz
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 363-4050
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It's frighteningly easy to blow what's probably an entire day's calorie allotment at this Preston Center offshoot of the famous cupcake shop. The ice cream comes in flavors like Cap'n Crunch, red velvet, rocky road and salty caramel and can be had in several forms including red velvet waffle cones, fresh-baked cookie sandwiches, and perhaps the most absurd(ly delicious?) option of them all, the Sprinkles sundae, which plops a scoop of ice cream in the middle of a cupcake top and bottom. [Photo: Margo Sivin]

8. Sweet Firefly

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2701 Custer Parkway, Suite 810
Richardson, TX 75080
(972) 635-5635
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This friendly, independently-owned scoop shop in Richardson's II Creeks development is very popular with the locals for its fresh, housemade ice cream in flavors like bourbon vanilla, salted caramel, coffee toffee, mint Oreo and more. No sundaes or fancy toppings here, just straight-up cups and cones. [Photo: Sweet Firefly/Facebook]

9. Wild About Harry's

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3113 Knox St
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 520-3113
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This retro Knox Street shop has been serving hot dogs and frozen custard since 1996, and it's the extra-high butterfat percentage that makes the custard so damn good -- super smooth, rich and creamy, like the fattening lovechild of fro-yo and pudding. Chocolate and vanilla are always available along with a rotating selection of other flavors like hazelnut fudge, butter pecan, coconut and cookies 'n cream. It's plenty good on its own, but feel free to gild the lily by adding toppings such as pecans, sprinkles or graham crackers, or opting for a hot fudge-smothered sundae.

10. Beth Marie's Old Fashioned Ice Cream

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117 W Hickory St
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 384-1818
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Walking into this adorably old-school ice cream parlor in Denton's downtown square, you're immediately struck by the sweet scent of freshly baked waffle cones. Indecisive types beware: The selection of housemade flavors here is mindbogglingly expansive, from classics like mint chocolate chip and butter brickle to more unusual creations such as Bees Knees (lavender and honey). Besides regular old scoops, there's also malts, shakes, ice cream sodas, and phosphates. [Photo: Dan H./Yelp]

11. Kate Weiser Chocolate

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3011 Gulden Ln Ste 115
Dallas, TX 75212
(214) 326-6419
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Trinity Groves' chocolate wonderland only serves ice cream on Fridays and Saturdays, but it's worth the wait. The flavors change every week, but you can expect to find varieties ranging from simple (hello, deep dark chocolate) to creative (passionfruit, chai, or salted pistachio) — all rich, creamy, and intensely flavored. Also: macaron ice cream sandwiches. [Photo: Aidan Barrett]

12. Steel City Pops

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2012 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(972) 807-9062
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When this trendy popsicle shop opened last summer, the line was out the door practically every day. Fresh fruit popsicles in unusual flavors like blood orange and pineapple jalapeno are refreshing on a hot day, but for something more in the vein of traditional ice cream, look to the creamy pops in flavors like chocolate peanut butter, coffee, avocado, and tangy buttermilk. [Photo: Whitney Filloon]

13. Carnival Barker's

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345 W Jefferson Blvd
Dallas, TX 75208
Aaron Barker's ice cream shop now has bigger, better digs in Oak Cliff. A rotating selection of flavors could include selections like cookie butter, banana pudding, or even Shiner Bock; the Rice Krispy treat ice cream sandwiches are always a good bet, and if you really feel like getting wild, there's also Twinkie strawberry shortcake. [Photo: Lori Bandi]

14. Roomies Ice Cream

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1010 S Pearl Expy
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 670-5880
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This brand new entrant into the ice cream scene is a great addition to the Dallas Farmers Market. Owner Mark Wang has an engineering background, and he's engineering some seriously good, intensely flavored ice cream with 12 percent butterfat. Chocolate fiends will flip for the Callebaut dark chocolate in a housemade waffle cone, but do also try the more unusual flavors like basil lemongrass. Check their Facebook page to keep tabs on their schedule. [Photo: Roomies/Facebook]

15. Super Chix

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14999 Preston Rd
Dallas, TX 75254
(972) 788-0660
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This formidable Chick-fil-A competitor from fast food giant Yum Brands has one very tasty thing that CfA doesn't: frozen custard. Made fresh in house, it comes in chocolate, vanilla, and a daily rotating flavor like cookie dough, apple pie, or coffee 'n doughnuts — made with fresh baked goods from Deep Ellum favorite Glazed Donut Works. [Photo: Super Chix/Facebook]

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1. CoolHaus

2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201
This ice cream sandwich truck specializing in custom cookie-wiches can be found most days (all day) at Klyde Warren Park, but check their schedule for details before you head out. Possible cookie and ice cream combinations range from classic (chocolate chip with vanilla) to rather eccentric (potato chip-butterscotch with fried chicken and waffles). [Photo: Coolhaus]
2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy
Dallas, TX 75201

2. Henry's Homemade Ice Cream

3100 Independence Pkwy Suite #215, Plano, TX 75075
Henry's provides ice cream to a ton of different restaurants in the Metroplex, but for the ultimate selection, head to the retail location in Plano, where you'll find go-to favorites like cinnamon, butter pecan and chocolate chip served alongside more, er, experimental flavors such as sweet corn, licorice, and avocado. There's a reason Henry's has been going strong for 25-plus years now. [Photo: Henry's]
3100 Independence Pkwy Suite #215
Plano, TX 75075

3. Highland Park Pharmacy

3229 Knox St, Dallas, TX 75205
This old-fashioned soda fountain has been serving Dallas since 1912, and it remains a favorite place to stop in for a sweet treat. Ice cream cups and cones are available, but best bets are the sweet, rich milkshakes in flavors like butterscotch, chocolate and strawberry, or for something a little lighter, the orange freeze made with sherbet. [Photo: Google Maps]
3229 Knox St
Dallas, TX 75205

4. Melt Ice Creams

954 W Rosedale St, Fort Worth, TX 76104
Kari Crowe's hip Near Southside ice cream shop relies heavily on local ingredients to make its flavors like Nuts For Rosie (salted Texas pecans and fresh rosemary) and Dude Sweet Chocolate, plus vegan options and sorbets. Get it in a cup, a housemade waffle cone, or grab a take-home pint; they're now doing weekend popups inside Urban Acres in Oak Cliff, too. [Photo: Malcolm Mayhew]
954 W Rosedale St
Fort Worth, TX 76104

5. Old Town Creamery

6205 Coit Rd, Plano, TX 75024
Tucked away in a Plano strip mall next to a Starbucks is this small shop offering some of the most unique ice cream flavors you'll find in DFW. Think lychee, almond-pistachio-saffron, custard apple, Thai tea, Thai coffee, oolong tea and falooda, which contains rose flavoring. (If there are picky eaters or kids in your group, they also have flavors like cookies and cream or bubblegum.) [Photo: Old Town Creamery/Facebook]
6205 Coit Rd
Plano, TX 75024

6. Paciugo

2115 Abrams Rd, Dallas, TX 75214
At least in Dallas, Paciugo has become synonymous with gelato. Yes, it's a (rather large) chain -- since opening its first Dallas store in 2000, the gelato masters at Paciugo have since grown to 40-plus locations -- but it's also creamy, dense and comes in a huge array of rotating flavors ranging from chocolate-hazelnut and balsamic strawberry to candy-colored rose and violet. It also has about 70 percent less fat than regular ice cream, if that kind of stuff matters to you. [Photo: Paciugo/Facebook]
2115 Abrams Rd
Dallas, TX 75214

7. Sprinkles Ice Cream

8413 Preston Center Plz, Dallas, TX 75225
It's frighteningly easy to blow what's probably an entire day's calorie allotment at this Preston Center offshoot of the famous cupcake shop. The ice cream comes in flavors like Cap'n Crunch, red velvet, rocky road and salty caramel and can be had in several forms including red velvet waffle cones, fresh-baked cookie sandwiches, and perhaps the most absurd(ly delicious?) option of them all, the Sprinkles sundae, which plops a scoop of ice cream in the middle of a cupcake top and bottom. [Photo: Margo Sivin]
8413 Preston Center Plz
Dallas, TX 75225

8. Sweet Firefly

2701 Custer Parkway, Suite 810, Richardson, TX 75080
This friendly, independently-owned scoop shop in Richardson's II Creeks development is very popular with the locals for its fresh, housemade ice cream in flavors like bourbon vanilla, salted caramel, coffee toffee, mint Oreo and more. No sundaes or fancy toppings here, just straight-up cups and cones. [Photo: Sweet Firefly/Facebook]
2701 Custer Parkway, Suite 810
Richardson, TX 75080

9. Wild About Harry's

3113 Knox St, Dallas, TX 75205
This retro Knox Street shop has been serving hot dogs and frozen custard since 1996, and it's the extra-high butterfat percentage that makes the custard so damn good -- super smooth, rich and creamy, like the fattening lovechild of fro-yo and pudding. Chocolate and vanilla are always available along with a rotating selection of other flavors like hazelnut fudge, butter pecan, coconut and cookies 'n cream. It's plenty good on its own, but feel free to gild the lily by adding toppings such as pecans, sprinkles or graham crackers, or opting for a hot fudge-smothered sundae.
3113 Knox St
Dallas, TX 75205

10. Beth Marie's Old Fashioned Ice Cream

117 W Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201
Walking into this adorably old-school ice cream parlor in Denton's downtown square, you're immediately struck by the sweet scent of freshly baked waffle cones. Indecisive types beware: The selection of housemade flavors here is mindbogglingly expansive, from classics like mint chocolate chip and butter brickle to more unusual creations such as Bees Knees (lavender and honey). Besides regular old scoops, there's also malts, shakes, ice cream sodas, and phosphates. [Photo: Dan H./Yelp]
117 W Hickory St
Denton, TX 76201

11. Kate Weiser Chocolate

3011 Gulden Ln Ste 115, Dallas, TX 75212
Trinity Groves' chocolate wonderland only serves ice cream on Fridays and Saturdays, but it's worth the wait. The flavors change every week, but you can expect to find varieties ranging from simple (hello, deep dark chocolate) to creative (passionfruit, chai, or salted pistachio) — all rich, creamy, and intensely flavored. Also: macaron ice cream sandwiches. [Photo: Aidan Barrett]
3011 Gulden Ln Ste 115
Dallas, TX 75212

12. Steel City Pops

2012 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
When this trendy popsicle shop opened last summer, the line was out the door practically every day. Fresh fruit popsicles in unusual flavors like blood orange and pineapple jalapeno are refreshing on a hot day, but for something more in the vein of traditional ice cream, look to the creamy pops in flavors like chocolate peanut butter, coffee, avocado, and tangy buttermilk. [Photo: Whitney Filloon]
2012 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

13. Carnival Barker's

345 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208
Aaron Barker's ice cream shop now has bigger, better digs in Oak Cliff. A rotating selection of flavors could include selections like cookie butter, banana pudding, or even Shiner Bock; the Rice Krispy treat ice cream sandwiches are always a good bet, and if you really feel like getting wild, there's also Twinkie strawberry shortcake. [Photo: Lori Bandi]
345 W Jefferson Blvd
Dallas, TX 75208

14. Roomies Ice Cream

1010 S Pearl Expy, Dallas, TX 75201
This brand new entrant into the ice cream scene is a great addition to the Dallas Farmers Market. Owner Mark Wang has an engineering background, and he's engineering some seriously good, intensely flavored ice cream with 12 percent butterfat. Chocolate fiends will flip for the Callebaut dark chocolate in a housemade waffle cone, but do also try the more unusual flavors like basil lemongrass. Check their Facebook page to keep tabs on their schedule. [Photo: Roomies/Facebook]
1010 S Pearl Expy
Dallas, TX 75201

15. Super Chix

14999 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75254
This formidable Chick-fil-A competitor from fast food giant Yum Brands has one very tasty thing that CfA doesn't: frozen custard. Made fresh in house, it comes in chocolate, vanilla, and a daily rotating flavor like cookie dough, apple pie, or coffee 'n doughnuts — made with fresh baked goods from Deep Ellum favorite Glazed Donut Works. [Photo: Super Chix/Facebook]
14999 Preston Rd
Dallas, TX 75254

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