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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.

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Fruteria Tropical

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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.

Cocohodo Walnut Pastry

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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.

I·CE·NY Dallas

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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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Sweet Daze Dessert Bar

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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.

Bigdash Ice Cream & Pastries

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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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Creme De La Cookie

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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.

Kathy Tran/EDFW

Milk & Cream

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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.

Cow Tipping Creamery

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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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Berrynaked

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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.

Meccha Matcha

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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.

Hypnotic Emporium Ice Cream & Candy Shop

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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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Twisted Treats

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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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DoHolics

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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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Bingbox

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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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Fruteria Tropical

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.

Cocohodo Walnut Pastry

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.

I·CE·NY Dallas

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.

Kathy Tran/EDFW

Sweet Daze Dessert Bar

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.

Bigdash Ice Cream & Pastries

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.

Kathy Tran/EDFW

Creme De La Cookie

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.

Kathy Tran/EDFW

Milk & Cream

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.

Cow Tipping Creamery

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.

Cow Tipping Creamery/Facebook

Berrynaked

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.

Meccha Matcha

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.

Hypnotic Emporium Ice Cream & Candy Shop

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.

Hypnotic Emporium/Facebook

Twisted Treats

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

Twisted Treats/Facebook

DoHolics

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.

Facebook/dallas_delights

Bingbox

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.

Bingbox/Facebook

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