Favorite Austin Ice Cream and Frozen Dessert Shops
“You scream, I scream, we all scream ...” Well, you know the rest. Anyway, America loves ice cream. We consume over five gallons of frozen dairy products each year per person on average.
Most of us like to indulge in a smooth, creamy concoction every now and then. Sometimes, to quote a famous American author, the best thing “is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate” – and before it melts.
In Austin, we love our ice cream as much as anyone. Particularly on a hot central Texas summer afternoon, few things are a better sight for sore eyes than a dish or cone of freshly made ice cream in your favorite flavor.
The best ice cream is made with fresh cream and top quality vanilla, chocolate, fruits and other ingredients. Here in Austin they can get quite creative with what goes into their ice cream.
Besides the customary strawberries, cookies, and almonds, you can find some exotic mix-ins and flavorings. Cilantro lime? Goat cheese, honey, and thyme? Bacon ice cream? Yes, you’ll find all these and more here in town.
In addition to ice cream, you’ll find other kinds of cool refreshment on this page: frozen yogurt, sno cones, sherbet, gelato, Hawaiian and Asian shaved ice. An eclectic town like Austin demands an eclectic selection of frozen snacks and desserts. Listed below are some of the best places to get them.
For other types of sweet treats, visit the bakeries
Lick Ice Creams
2032 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin TX 78704
Around 20 different and very creative flavors of ice cream here, made of light cream and locally sourced ingredients. The menu varies daily, and on any day you might find on the menu, honeyed peaches with rosemary; coconut, peanut butter and chocolate swirl; or roasted beets and fresh mint. The grapefruit ginger and Caramel Salt Lick ice creams are popular, and the bacon ice cream is an unusual and delicious combination that tastes like pieces of bacon dipped in vanilla soft serve. There’s also a version of coffee ice cream called Lone Star au lait.
Casey's New Orleans Snowballs
808 E. 51st St., Austin TX 78751
About the only place in town to get authentic New Orleans sno cones. The flavors can get quite intense – in fact asking for less syrup can be an option - but sno cone fans know where to come during the hot Austin summers. Boston cream pie and anything with watermelon are particularly popular flavors. Unlike some other places, the ice is shaved very finely here, which adds immensely to the flavor and appeal. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Prices are quite reasonable, and on hot days the lines and the wait can get awfully long.
Sno-Beach Hawaiian Shaved Ice
801 Barton Springs Rd., Austin TX 78704
Another good place to get sno cones. Soft cones with finely shaved ice. Wedding cake flavor and anything with ice cream are good choices. Helpful and friendly staff. Like Casey’s, the line can get long here. And the bright colors and flavors attract bees.
Coolhaus (food truck)
The specialty here is ice cream sandwiches. Rich, smooth ice cream between two homemade cookies. Choose from a huge number of different ice cream and cookie combinations. You can even have a different cookie type for the top and bottom. Try a chocolate-almond cookie with bacon ice cream. Or brown butter and bacon, or caramel with sea salt and vanilla. Vegans can pick a vegan cookie and chocolate sorbet. Be careful, though, the ice cream is piled high. But everything is edible, including the wrapper. Check the web site for updated location.
Need more choices?
View the map below for other ice cream and dessert restaurant choices around town.
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Austin Ice Cream News
Two Austin ice cream shops featured in national websites
Two national websites picked Austin ice cream shops as among the best in America. Dolce Neve
was featured in Eater.com
: "They toast their nuts in house, so all their nut-based gelatos actually taste fresh, and they make seasonal fruit sorbet with local fruits."
Meanwhile, Lick Ice Creams was featured in Thrillist.com: Lick uses "whole ingredients in their super-dense, eggless ice cream that's sweetened naturally with brown-rice syrup for a healthier but still tongue-tickling taste."
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