Ice Age

Stay Cool With These 10 Delicious Frozen Treats

Chill out with locally made gelato, ice cream, popsicles, Italian ices and more.

By Allison Forsyth and Lauren Jackson June 20, 2024

Try one (or all) of the flavors at Main Street Creamery.

As temperatures rise even higher in the weeks and months to come, you'll surely be looking for ways to cool off. Here are 10 delicious frozen treats that will have you chillaxing all summer long.

Water Ice Cups from Q&S Kool Cups

Enjoy a vibrant Italian ice from the Q&S Kool Cups truck, which travels around Sarasota neighborhoods. It's more than just a snow cone. It's smoother and comes in a variety of delicious flavors like cherry, strawberry, mango and banana Daiquiri. To track down this truck, call (941) 465-9767.

Shaved Snow from Vampire Penguin

Like shaved ice or Japanese kakigōri, this light, fluffy dessert is a delicious alternative to ice cream. There’s a rotating selection of flavors that include everything from the classics—chocolate, strawberry and vanilla—to whimsical choices such as pineapple, Thai tea and cotton candy. Toppings include syrups, fresh fruit, boba, marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs and whipped cream. Call (941) 923-8155 or click here for more info.

Ice Cream from Great Heights Creamery

The newest addition to Parkside in the Rosemary District, Great Heights Creamery churns out unexpected flavors like honey, olive oil and peanut butter and jelly. The resulting ice cream is super smooth and packs a proverbial punch. Top your choices with a generous dollop of toasted meringue for a unique marshmallow-y experience. Located at 1371 Boulveard of the Arts, Sarasota. Click here for more info.

Craft Popsicles from Siesta Pops

Stop into Siesta Pops' location at 4515 Northgate Court, Sarasota, for a gourmet popsicle experience. The flavors incorporate fresh fruits, herbs and spices to create one-of-a-kind tastes. Choose from blackberry mango, blueberry lemon basil or Mexican chocolate. Call (941) 402-4708 or click here for more info.

SorBabes Sorbet

Thanks to Sarasota resident and SorBabes co-founder Nicole Cardone, a variety of SorBabes bars can be found through the company's online delivery. A twist on classic sorbet, flavors include wildberry crisp, strawberry crisp, mango coconut crunch and vanilla caramel crunch. New flavors are featured every year. Plus, they're vegan. Click here for more info.

Gelato from Made in Rome

Treat yourself to a decadent Italian gelato from Made in Rome on Siesta Key. Choose from more than 20 specialty flavors like hazelnut, apple pie or creamy pistachio that will knock your socks off. Mix and match selections in a waffle cone or cup and top with something crunchy. Located at 5204 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, Sarasota. Call (941) 960-5344 or click here for more info.

Ice Cream from Main Street Creamery

Main Street Creamery (pictured at top) boasts more than 30 flavors of ice cream made by the award-winning Yoder’s Southern Creamery. Try a scoop from the cooler or ask them to churn two together for a custom creation. If dairy isn't your game, there are plenty of non-dairy options to choose from. The shop is located in downtown Sarasota at 1359 Main St., Sarasota. Call (941) 361-2046 or click here for more info.

Shaved Ice from Kona Ice

The Kona Ice truck makes its rounds through communities in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch, serving a thirst-quenching alternative to regular shaved ice. Kona's ice is smoother, and the Flavor Wave flavor dispenser offers blue raspberry, cherry, pineapple or a two-flavor twist. Gluten and allergy-free options available, too. To find the truck, click here or call (941) 685-2881.

Ice Cream from Orange Octopus

Enjoy a malt, milkshake or two-scoop ice cream cone from Orange Octopus' two locations. Order online or in-person, with takeout-style cups, cones and candy toppings. Or take home a pint of delicious flavors like "Orange Squeeze," vanilla or chocolate. Located at 1220 Old Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key, Sarasota, or 4141 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Call (941) 346-0202 for more info.

A Private Ice Cream Truck Party from The Chill Mobile

The Chill Mobile is ready to come to you, just like the local ice cream man used to. Book the truck for a private party and watch your guest's faces light up. Select from Siesta Pops popsicles, Lickety Splits ice cream cups or old-fashioned novelty treats like a Good Humor bar. To schedule a booking, call (941) 260-9818 or click here.

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