No matter the temperature outside, ice cream makes for the perfect dessert. Served up in a variety of textures, with an assortment of toppings, ice cream in Texas is some of the very best. Whether you’re looking for a true gourmet cone or some of the best, down-home and homemade ice cream around, these 10 awesome parlors will do just the trick.
Milwaukee Joe’s Gourmet Ice Cream was voted the “Best Ice Cream in the Metroplex” by Dallas Magazine, and for good reason. For two decades, Milwaukee Joe’s has provided finely tuned recipes to customers of all ages. Flavors change monthly, but the everyday flavors include Almond Joy, Andes mint, black raspberry truffle, chocolate, and many more.
Blue Bell is one of the most popular ice cream brands in the United Sates, and those lucky enough to live in Texas can visit the factory where it’s made and have a scoop at the on-site ice cream parlor. Sample their many delicious flavors and take a package home.
SPUN Ice Cream creates seasonal ice creams made to order by using liquid nitrogen. According to their website, visitors will watch their “base ingredients—including local dairy, fair-trade chocolate, and organic spices and produce—transform from bottle to scoop in minutes.” Flavors include sweet cream, dark chocolate, coconut strawberry, coconut caramel, and much more.
Rhea’s Ice Cream specializes in “creating nostalgic, seasonal and locally inspired ice cream.” All of their ice cream is made by hand using fresh ingredients, and can be purchased in a waffle cone, a cookie sandwich, or a brownie. Stop by their San Marcos or New Braunfels location.
Clear River in Fredericksburg, Texas, is an ice cream, deli, and bakery shop. They serve coffee, soups, sandwiches, lemon squares, pecan pie, cheesecake, and homemade ice cream. Clear River offers over 75 unique flavors in total, with 30 flavors available day to day.
For over 20 years, Hank’s Ice Cream has kept the old-fashioned methods of producing ice cream alive: “slowly, by hand, using fresh ingredients.” They have a rotating list of almost 100 flavors, including butter pecan, black walnut, strawberry cheesecake, orange chocolate chip, and many, many more.
Lick: Honest Ice Cream has four “Scoop Shops,” three in Austin and another in San Antonio, Texas. Lick “never uses artificial colors or flavors, high fructose corn syrup or preservatives. Their everyday flavors include caramel salt lick, coffee with cream, dark chocolate, goat cheese, thyme, and honey, hill country honey and vanilla bean, among others. Make sure to check their website for info on their seasonal variants.
Hey Mikey’s Ice Cream, located in the arts and entertainment district of Galveston, Texas, has grown from a food trailer to become one of the region’s most popular ice cream parlors. Choose between a sundae, banana split, waffle cone, Italian ice, sno-ball, shakes, floats, and specialties. Flavors include carrot cake, biohazard, and more traditional favorites, like chocolate.
Mad Mike’s Ice Cream in Pantego, Texas, uses “only the freshest ingredients” in their ice cream. Mad Mike’s is interested in one main thing: delivering fantastic ice cream to their customers, consistently. Flavors include cookie monster, pumpkin walnut, coffee latte, snickers, and more.
Rock and Roll Ice Cream parlor has a fun attitude, and serves ice cream, yogurt, sorbet, and sherbet. Since opening in 2013, Rock and Roll has served thousands of the people of Killeen, Texas. The music is great, the memorabilia memorable, and the service notable. Try the banana split.