To beat the heat this summer, here are 14 places to find the coolest treats in Fort Worth.
It’s not just shaved ice (like a traditional snow cone), and it’s not ice cream. It’s shaved snow –– a process that owners Cody and Lia Carta keep under their ski caps. The result is an indescribable texture more like ice cream than snow cone, in flavors like s’mores, birthday cake, orange creamsicle, coconut cream pie, and the adorable Breakfast Trash, topped with cereal.
The little frozen custard stand on Camp Bowie has expanded to offer homemade popsicles along with their traditional custard with or without the candy mix-ins.
Some seriously interesting flavors grace the menu of Gypsy Scoops. Try a scoop of Wookie's Cookies (cinnamon ice cream with oatmeal cookie pieces and chocolate chunks), Red Velvet or Gypsy Bride (vanilla ice cream with wedding cake and chocolate chips).
This isn’t your mom’s Popsicle stand. The restaurant offers gourmet, fancy house-made frozen treats with real fruit and other ingredients like coconut or vanilla. Sorbets, helado (ice cream) and some tasty Mexican food are also on the menu. Some paletas and sorbets are even augmented with traditional Mexican seasoning, like chamoy (a salty-sweet-spicy blend) and taijin (lime, salt, and chiles).
Founder Kari Crowe-Seher employs a farm-to-freezer approach to her business. Local ingredients and products from other Fort Worth restaurants are prominently featured on the menu, from Funkytown Donuts and Rahr Brewery to Moore Jam and TX Whiskey. The menu changes every six weeks, introducing four new flavors in addition to the five "always flavors."
This national chain has locations all over Fort Worth and Tarrant County. If you're in a snow cone kind of mood, this is the place. Ditto if you want smoothies, ice cream, or Buck's take on a frozen latte.
No matter what kind of popsicle you crave, you can probably find it at Steel City Pops. Want creamy? Try chocolate, coconut, coffee or avocado. Want non-dairy real fruit? There's strawberry lemonade, mango and blackberry, just to name a few. You can visit the store's 7th Street location and the Waterside location or catch them out an about with their popsicle cart in Sundance Square.
You might have noticed the "Travel Channel" featured Freeze Factory’s snowcone stuffed in a mini-watermelon, topped with licorice, lollipops, and other candy in the “12 Dishes That Demand to Be Instagrammed” segment. But we’ve known about the exotic-looking, fruit shell-stuffed snow cones for the better part of a year now: the pineapple delights (a hulled pineapple filled with frozen flavored ice and topped with a ton of candy) are a big favorite with kids.
Is there anything more giggle-inducing than an ice cream sandwich cookie in the summer? We think not. Sweet Sammies cornered the Fort Worth market on these treats, and the potential combinations of 13 cookie flavors and 12 choices of Blue Bell ice creams are....well....we can't count that high!
You can watch cream turn into your ice cream in about two minutes. The Thai-inspired, super-cold technology (the product reaches -16 degrees Fahrenheit) produces a creamier texture in the rolled ice cream product, which you can then top with candy, cookies, fruit, pretzels….almost anything your heart desires.
The newest ice cream craze to hit Fort Worth, Creamistry is made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream. Pick from over 60 flavor combinations starting with your selection of a dairy or non-dairy base, flavor (think Cocoa Puffs, Cookie Butter, Nutella and more) and an endless selection of toppings. Top it off with whipped cream and sprinkles!
Love the flavor and texture of dense, rich gelato but prefer the convenience of a popsicle? Pop Bar has you covered. Gelato bars come plain or covered with candy, sprinkles, nuts, or chocolate if you want. In addition, you can get sorbet and yogurt pops, or a popwich –– two chocolate sandwich cookies covering the gelato, also on a stick!
Are these savory cookies your weakness? JOY's menu consists of delicious concoctions like Honey & Lavender, Cookie Dough, Violet & Black Currant to name a few. But the fun doesn't stop there. Try The Frozen menu, where ice cream is slapped between two large macarons. Cereal Milk, Fruity Pepples-infused ice cream with a crunchy white shell, and Raspberry Sorbet are our favorites.
Nothing says summertime more than eating a cold popsicle on a hot day. Alchemy's handcrafted creations feature flavors Horchata, Orange & Cream, Honey Cream Lavender, Green Tea Matcha, plus some. Visit the storefront off South Main (411 S Main St. St 109) for your popsicle fix year-round.