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14 Summery Desserts To Eat Right Now

Sweet treats to stay cool

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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but summer isn’t anywhere close to being finished in DFW. With high temps in the forecast for at least the next month, it’s important to find creative — and delicious — ways to cool off, like a summery dessert.

What qualifies as a summer dessert? It only needs to be two things: freezing cold and totally refreshing. Fortunately, keeping cool is now easier than ever, thanks to a variety of icy and sweet treats ranging from mountains of shaved ice to cookie-topped milkshakes. These 14 desserts are a must for surviving the end of summer. Look at it as a reward for getting through yet another 100+ degree day.

Is your favorite summer dessert spot missing from this map? Shout it out in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fruteria Tropical

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2380 E Park Blvd #408
Plano, TX 75074
(972) 943-5845
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While Fruteria Tropical advertises itself as a juice bar, that description sells this fruity oasis short. The selection of fresh made juices, milkshakes, and smoothies is impressive, healthy, and refreshing. Build a smoothie, or go with a bowl of freshly-cut mango seasoned with chili salt and a squirt of lime.

2. Cocohodo Walnut Pastry

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2625 Old Denton Rd
Carrollton, TX 75007
(972) 242-2424
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Taiyaki may not be a bonafide trend in Dallas just yet, but the fish-shaped cones are massively popular in New York, Korea, and beyond. Order up a freshly-baked cone stuffed with ice cream, or perhaps a refreshing (and bright blue!) lemonade topped with doughnuts and rainbow candy.

3. I·CE·NY Dallas

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2625 Old Denton Rd #812
Carrollton, TX 75007
(469) 521-9047
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Oft-talked about Chills 360 in Deep Ellum doesn’t hold the monopoly on rolled ice cream. The Thai trend can also be found in Carrollton’s bustling Asian dining district. At I.CE.NY, the prices are fair, atmosphere relaxed, and the selection is huge. From Thai tea, to rolls of ice cream topped with Fruity Pebbles or s’mores, this spot serves up both dessert and a show.

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4. Sweet Daze Dessert Bar

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581 W Campbell Rd #127
Richardson, TX 75080

Donuts, ice cream, and ice cream & donuts together — it’s literally a dessert dream come true. With a wild selection of the fried pastry everyone loves decorated with colorful glazes, and a group of artisan soft serves sprinkled with toppings of choice, Sweet Daze is a decadent choice to forget the heat for a few minutes.

5. Bigdash Ice Cream & Pastries

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717 Lingco Dr #210
Richardson, TX 75081
(972) 979-4098
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Bigdash does ice cream like no other in Dallas — Arab style. The small shop is filled with various Middle Eastern pastries and desserts, the ice cream here is made the old-fashioned way; that is, beaten smooth until dense, rich, and kind of stretchy. Rolled and crusted with pistachios, the rose-infused ice cream offers a unique textural and flavor experience. Or opt for traditional scoops of pomegranate, Nutella, and mango-flavored ice creams.

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6. Creme De La Cookie

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6706 Snider Plaza
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 265-5572
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The only way to improve the creamy perfection of a milkshake is to add plenty of toppings, and Toni Rivard is bringing this viral trend to Dallas. Enjoy a creamy sipable concoction like the “Freakshake” piled high with cookies, brownies, macarons, cupcakes, and cake balls that tastes just as good as it looks on Instagram.

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7. Milk & Cream

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5420 Ross Ave #160
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 377-7821
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Forget about the thin, chocolate wafer ice cream sandwiches that are languishing in the freezer. At Milk & Cream, the wizards behind the counter sandwich a scoop of ice cream between two buns that closely resemble a doughnut. Portable and delicious, there is no better combination.

8. Cow Tipping Creamery

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3685 The Star Blvd Suite 201
Frisco, TX 75034
(214) 430-5227
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The Carrollton location may have closed, but the stackers and soft-serve at Cow Tipping Creamery are shining at The Star in Frisco. Soft serve, cake bites, and sweet sauces like rummy caramel add up to a seriously delicious dessert equation. Looking for something even more decadent? Order that soft serve in a fluffy bubble cone.

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9. Berrynaked

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7800 Windrose Ave
Plano, TX 75024
(214) 242-0077
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The Richardson location is now defunct, but fans of Berrynaked’s pseudo-healthy dessert options can find the popsicle purveyor at Legacy Hall or Inwood Village. The desserts here range from health-focused to decadent, the former of which is a good option for those looking to beat the heat without decimating their diets. There are dozens of popsicle flavors plus their famous puree bowls.

10. Meccha Matcha

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2001 Coit Rd #166
Plano, TX 75075
(469) 626-0120
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This matcha-obsessed shop in Plano serves up plenty of icy treats to stay cool including matcha-infused ice cream, soft serve, and shaved ice, alongside a long list of other matcha-focused items.

11. Hypnotic Emporium Ice Cream & Candy Shop

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3920, 9005 Garland Rd #150
Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 354-3414
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Hypnotic is another sweets purveyor on the forefront of bringing trendy desserts to Dallas. The original shop near White Rock serves up traditional banana splits along with ice cream sandwiched between cookies or sweet buns, plus diners can snag an Instagram-worthy treat hardly seen in Dallas: a cone of ice cream surrounded by a cloud of cotton candy.

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12. Twisted Treats

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2820 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(972) 590-8771
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Twisted Treats opened earlier this year, giving Deep Ellum-goers another spot to snag popsicles, milkshakes, soft serve, and raw cookie dough.

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13. DoHolics

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2646 Elm St suit B, Dallas
TX 75226, United States
(800) 771-1617
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The sister shop to Chills 360 rolled ice cream in Deep Ellum just opened next door offering Dallas’ first “selfie shakes,” aka milkshakes emblazoned with your face, alongside its signature edible cookie dough in cones.

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14. Bingbox

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324 Singleton Blvd
Dallas, TX 75212
(972) 629-9969
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This Korean shaved ice joint serves up “bingsu” with the texture of “just fallen snow.” Get the Asian treat in flavors like matcha, honeydew, taro, and Thai tea (or a soft serve) piled high with boba, Cap’n Crunch cereal, mochi, or lychee jelly, to name a few of the toppings.

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1. Fruteria Tropical

2380 E Park Blvd #408, Plano, TX 75074

While Fruteria Tropical advertises itself as a juice bar, that description sells this fruity oasis short. The selection of fresh made juices, milkshakes, and smoothies is impressive, healthy, and refreshing. Build a smoothie, or go with a bowl of freshly-cut mango seasoned with chili salt and a squirt of lime.

2380 E Park Blvd #408
Plano, TX 75074

2. Cocohodo Walnut Pastry

2625 Old Denton Rd, Carrollton, TX 75007

Taiyaki may not be a bonafide trend in Dallas just yet, but the fish-shaped cones are massively popular in New York, Korea, and beyond. Order up a freshly-baked cone stuffed with ice cream, or perhaps a refreshing (and bright blue!) lemonade topped with doughnuts and rainbow candy.

2625 Old Denton Rd
Carrollton, TX 75007

3. I·CE·NY Dallas

2625 Old Denton Rd #812, Carrollton, TX 75007
Kathy Tran/EDFW

Oft-talked about Chills 360 in Deep Ellum doesn’t hold the monopoly on rolled ice cream. The Thai trend can also be found in Carrollton’s bustling Asian dining district. At I.CE.NY, the prices are fair, atmosphere relaxed, and the selection is huge. From Thai tea, to rolls of ice cream topped with Fruity Pebbles or s’mores, this spot serves up both dessert and a show.

2625 Old Denton Rd #812
Carrollton, TX 75007

4. Sweet Daze Dessert Bar

581 W Campbell Rd #127, Richardson, TX 75080

Donuts, ice cream, and ice cream & donuts together — it’s literally a dessert dream come true. With a wild selection of the fried pastry everyone loves decorated with colorful glazes, and a group of artisan soft serves sprinkled with toppings of choice, Sweet Daze is a decadent choice to forget the heat for a few minutes.

581 W Campbell Rd #127
Richardson, TX 75080

5. Bigdash Ice Cream & Pastries

717 Lingco Dr #210, Richardson, TX 75081
Kathy Tran/EDFW

Bigdash does ice cream like no other in Dallas — Arab style. The small shop is filled with various Middle Eastern pastries and desserts, the ice cream here is made the old-fashioned way; that is, beaten smooth until dense, rich, and kind of stretchy. Rolled and crusted with pistachios, the rose-infused ice cream offers a unique textural and flavor experience. Or opt for traditional scoops of pomegranate, Nutella, and mango-flavored ice creams.

717 Lingco Dr #210
Richardson, TX 75081

6. Creme De La Cookie

6706 Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX 75205
Kathy Tran/EDFW

The only way to improve the creamy perfection of a milkshake is to add plenty of toppings, and Toni Rivard is bringing this viral trend to Dallas. Enjoy a creamy sipable concoction like the “Freakshake” piled high with cookies, brownies, macarons, cupcakes, and cake balls that tastes just as good as it looks on Instagram.

6706 Snider Plaza
Dallas, TX 75205

7. Milk & Cream

5420 Ross Ave #160, Dallas, TX 75206

Forget about the thin, chocolate wafer ice cream sandwiches that are languishing in the freezer. At Milk & Cream, the wizards behind the counter sandwich a scoop of ice cream between two buns that closely resemble a doughnut. Portable and delicious, there is no better combination.

5420 Ross Ave #160
Dallas, TX 75206

8. Cow Tipping Creamery

3685 The Star Blvd Suite 201, Frisco, TX 75034
Cow Tipping Creamery/Facebook

The Carrollton location may have closed, but the stackers and soft-serve at Cow Tipping Creamery are shining at The Star in Frisco. Soft serve, cake bites, and sweet sauces like rummy caramel add up to a seriously delicious dessert equation. Looking for something even more decadent? Order that soft serve in a fluffy bubble cone.

3685 The Star Blvd Suite 201
Frisco, TX 75034

9. Berrynaked

7800 Windrose Ave, Plano, TX 75024

The Richardson location is now defunct, but fans of Berrynaked’s pseudo-healthy dessert options can find the popsicle purveyor at Legacy Hall or Inwood Village. The desserts here range from health-focused to decadent, the former of which is a good option for those looking to beat the heat without decimating their diets. There are dozens of popsicle flavors plus their famous puree bowls.

7800 Windrose Ave
Plano, TX 75024

10. Meccha Matcha

2001 Coit Rd #166, Plano, TX 75075

This matcha-obsessed shop in Plano serves up plenty of icy treats to stay cool including matcha-infused ice cream, soft serve, and shaved ice, alongside a long list of other matcha-focused items.

2001 Coit Rd #166
Plano, TX 75075

11. Hypnotic Emporium Ice Cream & Candy Shop

3920, 9005 Garland Rd #150, Dallas, TX 75218
Hypnotic Emporium/Facebook

Hypnotic is another sweets purveyor on the forefront of bringing trendy desserts to Dallas. The original shop near White Rock serves up traditional banana splits along with ice cream sandwiched between cookies or sweet buns, plus diners can snag an Instagram-worthy treat hardly seen in Dallas: a cone of ice cream surrounded by a cloud of cotton candy.

3920, 9005 Garland Rd #150
Dallas, TX 75218

12. Twisted Treats

2820 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
Twisted Treats/Facebook

Twisted Treats opened earlier this year, giving Deep Ellum-goers another spot to snag popsicles, milkshakes, soft serve, and raw cookie dough.

2820 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

13. DoHolics

2646 Elm St suit B, Dallas, TX 75226, United States
Facebook/dallas_delights

The sister shop to Chills 360 rolled ice cream in Deep Ellum just opened next door offering Dallas’ first “selfie shakes,” aka milkshakes emblazoned with your face, alongside its signature edible cookie dough in cones.

2646 Elm St suit B, Dallas
TX 75226, United States

14. Bingbox

324 Singleton Blvd, Dallas, TX 75212
Bingbox/Facebook

This Korean shaved ice joint serves up “bingsu” with the texture of “just fallen snow.” Get the Asian treat in flavors like matcha, honeydew, taro, and Thai tea (or a soft serve) piled high with boba, Cap’n Crunch cereal, mochi, or lychee jelly, to name a few of the toppings.

324 Singleton Blvd
Dallas, TX 75212

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