If my kids’ bright red cheeks, my bra full of sweat, and the permanent aroma of sunblock in the air are any indication, the Texas summer is in full swing. Some days, the only thing that gets me through a morning at the playground or the long trek back to the car is the promise of an ice cold treat. I’ve rounded up some of the best options for a frozen treats and a little pick-me-up as we all try to squeeze the most out of this summer.

Ice Cream | Frozen Treats

  • Cold Cookie Company
    2512 Rio Grande St.
    Why choose between cookies and ice cream? Come visit this truck to get a huge cookie-ice cream sandwich to satisfy any sweet tooth.
  • Lick Honest Ice Creams
    1100 S Lamar Blvd.
    6555 Burnet Rd. #200
    1905 Aldrich St. #150
    This shop uses the freshest ingredients it can find, including seasonal Texas flavors like cilantro lime and dewberry corn cobbler.
  • Amy’s Ice Creams
    12 locations in Austin
    Amy’s stores rotate through 350 different ice cream flavors (but we all know you’re just going to get the Mexican Vanilla).
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
    1208 S. Congress Ave.
    11601 Rock Rose Ave. #110
    You can get the creamiest, dreamiest ice cream in the most interesting flavors on South Congress and in the Domain.
  • Tiny’s Milk and Cookies
    1515 W. 35th St., Bld. C
    If ordering ice cream AND cookies is too much for you, why not have the Milk & Cookies ice cream — homemade vanilla ice cream with chocolate chip cookie chunks?
  • Holla Mode
    1800 Barton Springs Rd
    This food trailer serves made-to-order Thai-style rolled ice cream. You decide what goes into your frozen treat!
  • Anti Social Icecream Co.
    6550 Comanche Trl #109 Austin, TX
    Can’t decide? Why not have a flight of 6 different flavors?
  • Zeds Ice Cream
    1814 Harvey Street
    This new shop opened in June and makes creamy ice cream blended with real fruit.
  • OMG Squee
    4607 Bolm Rd.
    If you’re looking for a dessert that tastes great and looks good on Instragram, try a fish-shaped Taiyaki cone stuffed with soft serve!

Milkshakes | Frozen Treats

  • The Yard Milkshake Bar
    3400 Esperanza Xing
    Bring your appetite to The Yard, because these crazy milkshakes are piled high with desserts, sprinkles, whipped cream, and basically anything you can think of!
  • Milky Way Shakes
    2324 Cesar Chavez St.
    Everything on this tasty menu is vegan, and you can even add CBD to your shake! Come twice a month to try their new specials.
  • Sweet Ritual
    4631 Airport Blvd, Ste 125
    You can have a basic shake here, but go ahead and be fancy. Sweet Ritual’s fancy shakes have toppings and sauces mixed in to make sure you don’t leave unsatisfied.
  • 24 Diner
    600 N. Lamar Blvd. Suite 200
    Have a whole meal here or just dessert, but don’t skip the milkshakes!
  • Hopdoddy
    7 Austin area locations
    Get your milkshake regular or boozy!

Popsicles

  • Picole
    11501 Rock Rose Ave.
    These small-batch pops come in awesome flavors like Tequila Sunrise and Lime Margarita.
  • Manolis Ice Cream, Pastries &Cake
    603 W Live Oak St
    Take your pick of ice pops, ice cream pops, and ice cream cake pops!
  • Bananarchy
    1311 S 1st St
    2420 Guadalupe St.
    80 Rainey St.
    Fruit’s healthy, right? Go bananas for frozen bananas dipped and covered in toppings.

Snow Cones | Frozen Treats

  • Shaved Ice Island
    2701 William Cannon
    30 N. Highway 35
    Play it safe with classic flavors, or go big with the gourmet flavors. How about Picadilly, with dill pickle juice, sweet mix-in, chamoy and chile spice?
  • Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs
    808 E. 51st St.
    These New Orleans style snow balls come with homemade chocolate and cream syrups to make flavors like Boston Cream Pie and Grandma’s Nectar Cream.
  • Sno-Beach
    412 Sterzing St.
    Open 7 days a week, this classic sno-cone stand will fill your need for sweet shaved ice and include one for your dog too!
  • Sweet Caroline’s Snow Shack
    13497 Hwy 183 N
    5700 W. Slaughter Ln.
    The flavors and consistency of these snowballs make this stand a favorite among locals.
  • Bahama Bucks
    5 locations in greater Austin area
    There are lots of choices at this franchise, including fluffy sno cones, smoothies, frozen sodas, and frozen coffee drinks.
  • Snobowla
    5801 Burnet Rd.
    The Hawaiian shaved ice comes in dye-free options if you’re wanting to avoid messy kids or multiple rainbow combinations if you figure you might as well just go for it.
  • SnoMo
    4 locations around Austin
    Try the classic Taiwanese summer dessert Sno Ice! It comes from an ice block made of fruit extracts and milk that’s then shaved into delectable snow ribbons.
  • Jim-Jim’s Water-Ice
    615 E. 6th St.
    This shop serves Italian water-ice, an ice cream alternative made of pureed fruit and velvety ice.

Frozen Cocktails

  • Hank’s
    5811 Berkman Dr.
    Try one of three frozen drinks (or all three!): frosé, paloma, or margarita.
  • Nickel City
    1133 E. 11th St.
    Top off your night with a creamy frozen Irish coffee.
  • Cosmic Coffee
    121 Pickle Rd.
    Sure, you could just get coffee or beer at Cosmic Coffee, but you’d be missing out! You can get Frozen Boozy Coffee or Frozen Matcha Painkiller, and they always have new rotating frozen cocktails.
  • Wicky’s Walkup
    2400 Webberville Rd.
    I don’t know of any other place where you can get Louisiana-style frozen daiquiris AND a notary public!
  • Pool Burger
    2315 Lake Austin Blvd.
    Grab a burger and a frozen hurricane for the perfect summer night!
  • Kinda Tropical
    3501 E. 7th St.
    This space just screams summer. Enjoy the patio with a mango margarita or pina colada in your hand.
  • 11 Degrees Daiquiri
    2700 W. Pecan St. Ste. 202, Pflugerville
    If you’re wanting a frozen daiquiri, this is your place. There are lots of options, and many of them are customizable.

What frozen treats will you be spoiling the kiddos with as we round out the summer? 

Bethany Farnsworth is a human jungle gym, napkin, and personal shopper to her kids Peter, 4, and Lydia, 2. She met her husband at Baylor and moved from Waco to Houston to Dallas before finally settling in Austin in October 2019. She loves podcasts, iced coffee, uninterrupted bathroom time, traveling, coming home after traveling, and spending too much time planning activities that hold her kids' attention for 30 seconds. On a good weekend, you'll find her and her crew on a hiking trail or at a brewery -- you'll recognize them by the table full of toys and snacks. Read more at @austinwithkids or @bethanyfarns on Instagram.

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