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Dallas’ 10 Best Ice Cream Shops

From Cone Flights to Liquid Nitrogen to Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches, It's All in Play

BY // 04.17.19

The summer heat is  coming soon (don’t let a few storms fool you) and what better way is there to cool down than with a delicious scoop… or six scoops of ice cream. I believe everyone should eat ice cream every day of the year, but the contrast of Texas heat and cooling down just works.

Dallas has a ton of great new spots, and a few that have been around for many years that are still the best places to grab a cone. These are the 10 Best Ice Cream Shops in Dallas.

Cauldron Ice Cream

3001 Knox Street, Suite 103

California hotspot and home of the OG puffle cone, Cauldron, has made its way to Dallas. Located in Knox-Henderson, the super modern liquid-nitrogen ice cream parlor is Instagram-worthy and delicious.

Unique and tasty flavors, such as earl grey lavender, milk & cereal, Vietnamese coffee, pineapple express (like Dole Whip), and H2O rose, can all be scooped into a warm and soft twist on the waffle cone. To make it even prettier, ice cream is fashioned into the shape of a rose.

Baldo’s Ice Cream & Coffee

6401 Hillcrest Avenue

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Another new spot, Baldo’s is located next to SMU. Coffee and ice cream are served, but what makes this place most unique are its mini cone flights. You can choose between a flight of three or six and sample classic flavors, unique concoctions, or boozy options.

Of course you’ve got your vanilla and cookie and cream for the classics. But you can also try something new from the “Why Not?” menu, such as basil cinnamon, carrot cake or honey lavender. “Vitality” flavors include almond chai and mango lemonade sorbet. Adult’s 21 and up options are lemon rose champagne, peach Bellini, root BEER float, and sake sorbet.

Melt

405 N. Bishop Avenue

Recently opened in the Bishop Arts District as the brand’s second location, Melt originated in Fort Worth on Magnolia Avenue. Known for its handmade home-style ice cream since 2014, Melt is now serving its “Always Flavors” and “Sometimes Flavors” in Dallas.

Flavors that are always available include cookie crack, chocolate chocolate, beans, and salt lick. There’s also the Always Sammie, a classic vanilla ice cream sandwich. Unique flavors in rotation include birthday cake batter, rhubarb swirl and springtime sunshine, a vegan option.

Milk & Cream

5420 Ross Avenue, Ste. 160

Milk & Cream does something a little different with their ice cream, but in a wonderful way. They stuff it in between donuts. This Lower Greenville spot has been open for a few years, but it’s still a popular place to snap a pic of and then devour your treat.

Popular ice cream flavors include cookie monster, which is just how you’d imagine it, lavender bean, and birthday cake. All can be topped with different kinds of cereals, such as Fruity Pebbles, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, or Cookie Crisps. It’s a childhood dream come true.

Botolino Gelato Artigianale

2116 Greenville Avenue

Another Lower Greenville hotspot, Botolino serves authentic Italian gelato. Sixteen flavors are offered at a time and can include anything from Red Velvet to Black Sesame to Turkish Coffee.

Dairy-free, water-based sorbetto is also available and include mango, black cherry, lemon mint and Texas grapefruit flavors. Recently, Botolino announced that it stay open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays so go get your late-night ice cream fix.

Creamistry

1929 Greenville Avenue

Liquid nitrogen ice cream is a hit in Dallas, especially since Creamistry opened in Lower Greenville last year. As one of the first places to fill up their shop with the mysterious nitrogen fog and produce a creamy scoop of ice cream super quick in the area, Creamistry been successful at spreading the liquid-nitrogen word.

Creamistry has locations in Addison and Southlake as well. You can customize your ice cream by choosing from cereal, classic, coffee & tea, cookies & cakes, nutty or fruity flavors. Then add on toppings, such as candies, sauces, fruits & nuts, savory bites (like Takis), and cereal, cookies and cakes.

Wonders Ice Cream

5150 Lemmon Avenue, Ste. 104

Founded in the Twin Cities in 2017, Wonders has recently brought its rolled ice cream to Uptown Dallas. Self-proclaimed “Hibachi of Ice Cream” shop, Wonder offers 20 different flavors.

Signature items, which have a mix of ice cream and toppings, include Nutella and Bananas, Cereal Killah, Hella Chocolate, and Sour Tang. Other flavors to choose from are thai coconut, avocado, taro, passion fruit and honey dew, to name a few.

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Rolled ice cream concoctions are the thing at the new Wonders Ice Cream in Uptown. Courtesy of Wonders

Howdy Homemade

4333 Lovers Lane

This University Park modern ice cream parlor is known for its awesome tasting ice cream, as well as for employing people with special needs. An overall feel good ice cream shop, Howdy serves about 36 ice cream flavors and six sorbets.

The most popular is the Dr Pepper Chocolate Chip. There’s also Orange Dreamsicle, Sour Patch Kids, and Hot Tamales if you want to get adventurous. Tom Landis opened the shop a few years ago and was even featured in People magazine in 2017.

Hypnotic Emporium

9005 Garland Road

A combination ice cream, soda, and candy shop, Hypnotic Emporium is located in East Dallas. Ice cream cookie sandwiches and cloud cones set this spot apart, but what it comes down to is really great ice cream.

Banana splits, sundaes, and the Dream (a Hypnotic donut stuffed with ice cream) are also things here. There are 20 flavors of homemade ice cream on rotation, as well as the option of a classic root beer float with your choice of ice cream.

Milky Treats

7000 Independence Pkwy., Ste. 104D, Plano

Opened last year, this little shop in Plano is definitely worth the 30 minute drive up North. At Milky Treats, ice cream is handcrafted in customized small batches and can be cereal infused.

Signature swirls include Astroworld, which has Fruity Pebbles, Trix, sprinkles and Pop Rock candy and Glen Cocoa with Cocoa Puffs, Kit Kat, crushed almonds and chocolate drizzle. Or you can get a relatively plain ‘ole scoop, such as Basic B Vanilla, Cookie Butter or Nutella Coachella. There is also the option to make a donut ice cream sandwich.

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