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Five great cold treat shops in Houston to cope with Texan summer

Jason Martinez

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You are in Houston, Texas, and you can no longer bear the heat. Wouldn't it be nice if you could move to somewhere cooler like Quebec or the city of Oymyakon in Yakutia, Russia?

Hold on, hold on. Don't pack your stuff just yet. There's another way to survive this scorching summer. Below is a list of our top five freshest ice cream shops that can help you cope.

1. Fat Cat Creamery

Carrot cake ice creamSara I./Yelp

Our first recommendation to help you in your fight against the heat is Fat Cat Creamery. Please don't be deceived by the name as their products contain no cats. They have a long list of a menu full of superior ice cream flavors.

You don't have to worry if you, for either medical or religious reasons, have to distance yourself from dairy products. They've got your back. A customer for example wrote on Yelp:

“Not being able to have dairy, I was so happy to try the Chai Tea Coconut and it was delicious! I will be back again.”

While another wrote: “One of the Chai Coconut which is dairy-free but you could never tell from how creamy and velvety this ice cream was.”

They are open for take-out but you can also order them online too. Visit this link for further details: https://www.fatcatcreamery.com/

Location: 1901 N Shepherd Dr #3, Houston, TX 77008

2. Hank's Ice Cream Parlor

Banana pudding, cream corn, and coffee by Hank's Ice Cream ParlorBatool H./Yelp

Our next contender is Hank's Ice Cream. This is your classic ice cream shop. They may not have the fanciest menu, but their ice creams are to die for. Plus, you will experience true Texan hospitality. “There is nothing fancy going on here, just wonderful homemade ice cream with a friendly staff,” said a customer on Yelp.

We recommend checking out their banana pudding. As said by one Yelp reviewer: “I got the banana pudding and my mom got the cheesecake and both were so good but mine was definitely better LOL!”

Joy will flow through your stomach after trying one, which is the best feeling you can have after a long day out under the Texan sun.

Location: 9291 S Main St, Houston, TX 77025

3. The DoughCone

Aryani N./Yelp

This ice cream shop is one of the fancier ones out there. As their slogan says, their ice creams are based on 300-year-old recipes from Eastern Europe.

"We bake our signature Handmade Donut Cones from scratch. We dust them with cinnamon sugar and line them with Nutella or Biscoff Cookie Butter. Then as if that wasn’t enough, we fill them with our homemade Vanilla Bean ice cream," the shop said.

Their ice creams are made from real milk, sugar, and vanilla beans imported from Madagascar, with no additives (like nitrogen).

Their truck moves around Houston frequently so make sure to always check out their social media and website on http://www.thedoughcone.com/

4. Creamistry


When you combine ice cream with chemistry, you get Creamistry. The secret to their scrumptious ice cream is all in the ingredients.

They use liquid nitrogen to flash freeze the ice cream as opposed to the traditional churn method. This enables ice cream shops to serve you ice cream with the freshest ingredients possible, resulting in smoother and more flavorful ice creams. They also have vegan-friendly and organic options.

They have several locations in Houston. Check out this link to find the nearest one: https://creamistry.com/locations

5. Flower & Cream

Flower & Cream/Yelp

The 'flower' in their name stands for "the beauty of life through our eyes" and refers to how 'flour' and 'flower' are homophones. The name signifies their freshly-made baked treats and original mix-ins.

They offer delicious and aesthetically pleasing ice creams for you to show off on social media. They are currently working to make more flavors, with a seasonal flavor made from almond milk coming on the menu within the next two weeks.

Location: 2617 W Holcombe Blvd Suite B, Houston, TX 77030

These are arguably your best choices for a cold treat in Houston. Don't forget to check out their websites and social media to learn more about their ice creams.

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