Four picks for ice cream treats this summer

Nothing tops a summer afternoon like a visit to your local ice cream spot.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016

Carnival Barker's – Oak Cliff

This unassuming shop is small and only offers up an outdoor space with a small order window. It can be hard to miss as it's mixed in with of line of restaurants and retail shops along Jefferson Avenue in Oak Cliff, but once you find it, you won't soon forget. And you can't beat the pedigree of the shop's owner and primary ice cream maker – Aaron Baker has a degree from Penn State's Ice Cream Short Course, one of the oldest and best recognized educational programs in the world for the technology of ice cream making. 

What to order: The Coke float. Don't let the simplicity of it fool you. Thanks to the homemade ice cream and vanilla extract, the tastes are flavorsome and refreshing – perfect for a hot day.

 

Highland Park Soda Fountain – Knox/Henderson area

Go old school at this 104-year-old spot in North Dallas. It's close to Dallas' Highland Park and in walking distance to all the shops and restaurants in the Knox/Henderson area. The quaint spot, with a retro-style bar, swiveling stools and comfy booths, plays up the nostalgia factor and is a great spot for a catch-up session with the family.

What to order: Grab a milk shake in your choice of 6 flavors (butterscotch is a favorite!) or try an old-fashioned ice cream sundae to cool off after a hot day in Dallas.

 

Sprinkles Ice Cream – North Dallas

Make a friend in line at this popular after-dinner spot thanks to the original namesake cupcake shop next door. There's also the famous Sprinkles cupcake ATM to check out, but for the ice cream lover, the trip isn't complete without a stop inside the ice cream shop. The wait is worth it!

Make a friend in line at Sprinkles Ice Cream, a popular after-dinner spot thanks to the original namesake cupcake shop next door. Photo Credit: Sprinkles Ice Cream

What to order: Cupcakes are the name of the game at Sprinkles. Kick it up a notch with the shake and cupcake combo, an ice cream shake with a cupcake blended into the concoction. The vanilla bean ice cream with a red velvet cupcake blended in is one of our favorite new things this year.

 

CoolHaus – Dallas Farmers Market and food truck (often at Klyde Warren Park)

The shop got their start at music festivals like Coachella before turning to the food truck scene in downtown Dallas and offering us s'mores cookies and ice cream sandwiches. They've now opened a permanent location in the Dallas Farmers Market, sharing a space with Nammi, another popular food truck shop that specializes in Vietnamese fare.

What to order: The entire menu has an architectural theme, so you'll find goodies like IM Pei-Nut Butter ice cream sandwiches and Norman Bananas Foster ice cream pints on the menu.