5 Frozen Treats to Try Before the End of Summer

by | Aug 26, 2015 | Dining

Photo: Courtesy of Flickr user Garrett Ziegler

Photo: Courtesy of Flickr user Garrett Ziegler

With Labor Day quickly approaching and the back-to-school craze in full swing, it can be hard to keep sight of what’s really important. Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our roundup of the frozen treats you absolutely must try before swapping your swimsuits for sweaters.

Melt Bakery

132 Orchard Street

Ice cream sandwiches have officially arrived at the next level. Melt Bakery, a sustainable shop open on the Lower East Side since 2012, has the always-beautiful marriage between cookies and ice cream down to a science. Pastry chef Julian Plyner’s homemade cookies are paired with fresh ice cream made from locally sourced ingredients to create original flavors like “The Elvis” (peanut butter cookie with banana ice cream) and “The Cinnamax” (snickerdoodle cookies with cinnamon ice cream).

DF Mavens

37 St. Mark’s Place

Dairy-free? Not a problem. Vegan ice cream DF Maven’s moved beyond the frozen aisle of Whole Foods and Kings and opened its very own shop this past winter. In addition to the wide assortment of delicious ice cream and frozen yogurt flavors, the store also sells a variety of juices, wraps, bowls and gluten-free treats.

10Below Ice Cream

10 Mott Street

As if ice cream itself wasn’t good enough, now it looks like a rose. Inspired by street vendors of Thailand, the Chinatown shop’s carefully crafted ice cream rolls practically beg for an Instagram. The homemade, preservative-free ice cream is spread onto a special cold plate, rolled to order and, of course, finished off with toppings. Flavors include everything from the classic Oreo “Cookie Monster”, to “Monkey Business” with banana and nutella.

Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co.

25 E 17th Street

The name says it all. Chloe’s “soft serve fruit” is made with nothing but fruit, water and a touch of organic cane sugar, making it the self-proclaimed “cool way to eat fruit.” Seasonal flavor varieties range from apple and banana to pumpkin and plum. Enjoy some frozen fruit with a unique blend of toppings, or in sundae or smoothie form.

Photo: Courtesy of Flickr user Cherrypatter

Photo: Courtesy of Flickr user Cherrypatter

People’s Pops

118 1st Avenue

People’s Pops ice pops and shave ice have been all the rage these past few summers. The popular, all-natural ices are handmade in Brooklyn with eight different places to pick up a pop including the High Line, Chelsea Market and Smorgasburg. The innovative flavors never fail to interest and excite. For added fun, boozy pops and shave ice are also available.

-by Ricki Harris 

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