What Is Your Favorite Frozen Treat?

It’s apparently quite hot here in New York City. I wouldn’t know because I refuse to leave the igloo I’ve created around my air-conditioner. But if I were to venture out onto the sizzling streets, the first thing I’d do is get me a huge bowl of mint chip ice cream… not a cone because in this weather that’s just asking for disaster.

But then I remember back to my days in servitude to the Dairy Queen and I recall that customers tastes ran from the predictable-yet-delicious (vanilla cone with chocolate sprinkles) to the bizarre (Blizzards with Nerds and hot fudge).

And there are so many more dessert options for cooling down on a hot day: Sorbet, sherbet, gelato, milk shakes, popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, shaved ice, Italian ice (or as I’ve spent decades calling it, “wudder ice”), frozen yogurt and way too many to list in a simple poll.

That’s why we want to hear from you about those frosty treats (including Frosties) that help you beat the heat.

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  1. TheFinalBoomer says:

    Hot fudge sundaes will forever be the bomb to me.

  2. kimdog says:

    Rita’s Water Ice is my favorite by far. I’ve never been happier than when one arrived on the Upper West Side. It’s just the best by far… both for ice and for gelato. If I am slumming, then it’s a Slurpee from 7-11.

    • tbax929 says:

      I miss Rita’s so much. I go to a place out here called Frost, but they only have the gelato – not the water ice. I used to go to Rita’s for the half water ice/half gelato thing (I’m sure it had a name, but I can’t remember it). So, so good.

      • Jevia says:

        I believe what Rita’s calls “gelato” is a combination of their water ice and custard (really rich soft ice cream). Its wonderful. I totally think an entrepreneur should expand this to states that aren’t familiar with “wudder ice” like California (where I grew up)

    • JulesNoctambule says:

      They opened a Rita’s here but it closed. We have some pretty damn good local ice cream/custard/frozen stuff places here.

  3. Underpants Gnome says:

    Mmmm, Choco Taco……

    • OBEYshiba says:

      hooray for choco tacos! (they’re being talked up later in the thread too). you know a dessert is good if you can talk yourself into going to taco bell just to snag one. this is especially true if you live in a place like arizona where it’s super easy to find tasty mexican food.

      if i’m going into a place for a dessert, my wife and i have been going through a circuit of about 5 frozen yogurt places that have moved in nearby. they’re super tasty but unfortunately overrun with loud ASU students (i went to UofA and find undergrads from ASU insufferable, though grad students are cool). recently, though, i find myself liking cold stone creamery (the location in the complex where the original location was in tempe) more and more, if only because there’s always a table open outside where i can have my shiba inu with me.

  4. cash_da_pibble says:

    Double Fudge pops, with the Chocolate-banana-chocolate layering.
    And Bozo Cups!

  5. GoalieLax says:

    I love Gelato from armoi d’italia at the city docks in Annapolis, MD. they had a sour cherry flavor this weekend…tasted like a cheesecake…delicious

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Mmm gelato. My favorite flavor is hazelnut. I’ve never met a hazelnut gelato I did not like.

  6. Thyme for an edit button says:

    Tofutti cuties are my favorite frozen treat.

  7. dreamfish says:

    I gather ‘frozen custard’ is popular in the states, though I never worked out the real difference between it and ice-cream.

    • Putts says:

      Frozen custard contains egg yolk, whereas ice cream does not. It’s typically thicker and creamier as a result.

      • ludwigk says:

        Unless that ice cream was made with a custard base. Of course then you might retort that it is frozen custard. Ice cream is just a bit more ambiguous that way.

    • Hoss says:

      Frozen custard is a way to describe that the recipe includes eggs. Ice cream may or may not have eggs, but frozen custard always has eggs.

    • Trae says:

      I grew up in Milwaukee, WI — and you don’t find many Ice Cream stands there, but you find a ton of Frozen Custard ones (it’s one of the few cities where it’s common though. Invented at Coney Island in NY, brought to Chicago with the World’s Fair, and spread… but there are few footholds as big as Milwaukee).

      Frozen Custard contains Egg Yolks and is made slightly differently (and served at a warmer – but still frozen – temperature than Ice Cream). The texture is creamier, and I’m a big fan. Thankfully, Culvers has been expanding, and when I moved to a new state, I found Frozen Custard had already gotten here ahead of me. :)

      • ElizabethD says:

        If you order a Frozen Custard at an ice-cream stand in southeastern New England, you will get regular ice cream with rum flavoring and raisins and other fruit preserves in it. It’s very old-fashioned; my mom loved it, but it made me gag.

  8. Bluth_Cornballer says:

    Rocket Pops, Orange Push-Ups, and something called a Fat Frog sold out of the ice cream truck.

    Mojitos aren’t a bad use of ice either.

  9. savashley says:

    a milkshake from Cookout…yummmmm
    or a smoothie from TCBY Beriyo
    it really depends on if i’m trying to be healthy or not giving a crap

    • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

      oh man, I used to get their choco cherry milkshake and a large chili cheese fries about twice a month when I lived in NC … I haven’t found one in VA yet though. :(

  10. raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

    I love the Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake bar.

    But usually I make things at home. We buy bulk frozen strawberries and blueberries from Costco, and I add various things to them in our blender.

    Frozen strawberries + vanilla yogurt & soy milk, walnuts, and a banana = probably the best smoothie ever.

    If I’m feeling lazy, stawberries + OJ.

  11. temporaryscars says:

    Bubblegum flavored slush puppies. I’m not talking Icees or any other shams like that, I’m talking real slush puppies in machines that let you add your own flavoring. They’re practically near extinct and I haven’t had one in years, but I’m sure that somewhere out there, they still exist.

    • baquwards says:

      OMG, I remembered growing up with Slush Puppies in Maine, It was like a shot of pure frozen sugar, so awesome!

  12. 3rdUserName says:

    Frosty Paw

  13. NarcolepticGirl says:

    frappes!

    Also gelato and banana splits.

    I do not like eating ice cream in public, though. Especially an ice cream cone or popsicle.
    I’m just weird about sucking and licking in public. Or rather, the guys I know/have known are.

  14. Alvis says:

    Hot food is better when the weather’s hot. 102F out and I just made a nice, steaming bowl of soup.

  15. reddbettie says:

    Snow balls! With marshmallow in the middle, please

    • TouchMyMonkey says:

      Do they have yellow snowballs? And if so, are they lemon or pineapple flavored?

      • reddbettie says:

        They do have yellow snowballs and you CAN eat them. Just don’t eat the ones you find on the ground. They are certainly not lemon or pineapple flavored.

  16. DigitalShawn says:

    From the Ice Cream Trucks/Vendors:

    ChocoTaco – absolutely delish.

    From the Ice Cream Stands (DQ, Netty’s, B-R):

    Banana Split. – always awsome cept in a cup.

  17. Murph1908 says:

    Orange sherbet with chocolate chips is primo. I wouldn’t call it my absolute favorite. Too many yummy ice creams. But on a hot day, the coolness of sherbet can’t be beat.

  18. HeyThereKiller says:

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  19. Kate of Lokys says:

    Hokey pokey ice cream – plain vanilla (no little bits of fleadirt “real fragments of vanilla bean!”), liberally studded with little chips of sponge toffee. Served in a sugar cone, please.

  20. klwillis45 says:

    Bomb Pops

  21. Riroon13 says:

    ICEE’s, Haagen-Daas Caramel ice cream (Dulche?), and something I haven’t found since childhood — a ‘Walk-Away Sundae’ — it was an ice-cream bar vanilla coated in chocolate, but with a cherry sherbert center. It rocked. I haven’t had one in decades, but can still taste the goodness.

  22. Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ) says:

    Shaved ice
    Cherry syrup

    Figuring out how to ask in Spanish…

  23. savashley says:

    Oh, and there’s a place in Logansport, Indiana called Mr. Happy Burger, known as Hap’s by the locals…they have over 100 milkshakes among other things..my boyfriend used to live there and we visited his family back in March..they’re reallllly good too, and the owner is a super nice guy :) I brought home one of their take-out menus to show everyone back home because of the small print and huge menu!

    • Murph1908 says:

      We used to stop at Mr. Happy Burger on the way home to Monticello after baseball games against the Berries.

    • Clyde Barrow says:

      Wow, I never thought I’d see the name Logansport ever again. I’ve been there and my gf’s dad worked there at a printing press, somewhere, long time ago. Nice area and nice people.

      • Murph1908 says:

        Nice people, that’s for certain.

        There was a rumor about Logansport girls where I was from.

        um, present company exlcuded, of course. =)

  24. missdona says:

    I haven’t really met a bad frozen dessert, but my current favorite is an oldie but a goodie.

    Vodka over Lemon Italian Ice!!

  25. Putts says:

    I absolutely love ice cream with Snickers-type goodies mixed in…anything with chocolate chunks, caramel, and peanuts is a winner in my book, whether it’s a Blizzard, a Drumstick cone, or just a carton of ice cream off the shelf. That’s my pick when I’m in the mood for something indulgent.

    When I want something lighter and refreshing, a lot of the local ice cream places around here do something called a “cooler”, basically vanilla soft serve blended with soda. Pepsi, ginger ale, cream soda, and (of course) root beer are all great choices for this.

  26. ARP says:

    Home Treat: Tofutti Cuties

    When I’m out Treat: Pistachio gelato

  27. nbs2 says:

    Is it sweet? Is it cold? Does it not smell like rotting horseflesh (aka banana)? Is it sweet?

    I’ll eat it.

    Choice is my enemy when it comes to such a decision. However, I am partial to fruit and chocolate flavors, including combinations thereof.

  28. davegins says:

    Lemon Ice King of Corona! First place I ever had a chocolate chip italian ice. http://thelemonicekingofcorona.com/

  29. FrugalFreak says:
  30. Bakergirl says:

    I love the “Rama Lama Ding Dong” at our local malt shop. A Ding Dong topped with two scoops of cookies and cream ice cream, whipped cream, real choclate fudge, nuts, and a cherry. When my Husband and I first split one, we each kept loking at each other, feeling guilty until my husband took a bite and smiled…”I found the Dong!”

  31. dulcinea47 says:

    Mint chip ice cream…. not the dyed green kind, the Breyers kind that uses actual mint and no green food coloring. mmmm, mint chip.

    When it comes to things you can get from the ice cream man, it’s one of those chocolate malts that come with a completely flat wooden “spoon”.

  32. Spaceman Bill Leah says:

    Chipwich, I could (can) eat one in a single bite.

  33. DH405 says:

    Blended iced drinks from my local coffee shop!

  34. PunditGuy says:

    I don’t know if Haagen-Dazs does them any more, but the Bailey’s Shake was just about perfection in a waxed paper cup.

  35. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot says:

    My favorite, ever since I was a child, is a plain old ice cream sandwich.

    • Awesome McAwesomeness says:

      I used to love Blue Bell cookies n’ cream sammies, but they discontinued them.

  36. hypochondriac says:

    7 eleven Slurpee. I love those things

    • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot says:

      Those are good! A small “mom-and-pop” type store I frequented as a child used to sell slushies with soft-serve ice cream. The’d fill the cup 1/3 with the slushy, 1/3 with soft serve, then more slushy. It was to die for- never seen anybody do that since.

  37. tbax929 says:

    I didn’t care for butter pecan ice cream when I was a kid. As an adult, it’s my absolute favorite flavor. I like Dreyer’s Slow Churned Light (I know, I know) Butter Pecan ice cream. A couple of scoops in a waffle cone, and I’m in heaven.

  38. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    Little Weezer Italian ices. YUMMO!

  39. ginnel says:

    Mocha Coffee Coolata from Dunkin donuts

  40. NumberSix says:

    It’s a toss up for me between a simple chocolate soft serve and a chocolate bar dipped in chocolate and rolled in peanuts.

  41. texabyte says:

    Frozen custard from the frozen dairy bar.

  42. raphaeladidas says:

    Edy’s Fruit Bars, especially acai-blueberry.

  43. raphaeladidas says:

    Edy’s Fruit Bars, especially acai-blueberry.

  44. brandy says:

    Sorbet is the best best best frozen thing ever.

  45. nobomojo says:
  46. hewhoroams says:

    Snickers ice cream bar if its from a convenience store, the slushy/ice cream thing if it’s from dairy queen.

  47. teh says:

    Frozen blueberries! I’ll eat them by the handfull.

  48. Nick says:

    1. Polar Cup (South Fla. in the 70’s and 80’s).
    2. Phish Food

  49. TVGenius says:

    I love Rita’s… too bad they’re not out here in AZ. They’d make a killing.

  50. Stupidone0 says:

    I was in Cali last week and discovered a fantastic froyo chain called Yogurtland. The entire restaurant was self-served. One entire wall of the restaurant was lined with many flavored frozen yogurt dispensers, and then the customer can add as many mix-ins as they want. At the end, the cashier weighs your cup and you pay 30 cents an ounce. My first cup with cookies and cream and cheesecake froyo with cookie dough, crumbled Reese’s and Heath only ran me $3.17.

  51. weblamer says:

    choco tacos.

    they are a pain to find now though.

  52. iParadox{InLove} says:

    Went to Cheeburger Cheeburger yesterday and I had a Brownie Batter, Oreo, Cheesecake, Chocolate-covered banana milkshake.

    It. Was. Awesome. You can make any kind of milkshake you want from their list of items, you can even get a Peanut Butter and Jelly milkshake!

  53. Dirtylicious says:

    Coco Helado…

  54. HogwartsProfessor says:

    –I love just regular ice cream but not with chunks of cookie or anything like that. Chocolate chips are okay.

    –Wendys Frosty. I don’t know why, but they’re always WAY colder than any other shake.

    –Dreamsicles. Mmmmmm. Next best thing is Sonic’s Orange CreamSlush, which tastes just like one.

    –There was this Haagen Daz ice cream bar that was chocolate ice cream on a stick, thickly coated with chocolate. When I eat an ice cream bar, I like to peel off the chocolate and then eat the ice cream. This stuff was SO thick it came off in slabs and the ice cream was amazing. I can’t find those chocolate/chocolate bars anymore, damn it!!!

  55. GovtMinion says:

    A trip to Cold Stone… a big bowl of cheesecake ice cream with sponge cake bits and cherry pie filling in it.

    Blissssssssss…

  56. JulesNoctambule says:

    A scoop of the Banana Pudding ice cream at Sunni Sky’s in Angier, NC and I am a happy woman. Add a scoop of their Peanut Butter Fudge ice cream and I’m an even happier, extremely full woman.

  57. anime_runs_my_life says:

    They don’t have them here, but I love It’s-It. After you have one, cookie ice cream sandwiches are never the same.

    http://www.itsiticecream.com/

  58. doctor_cos wants you to remain calm says:

    Frozen Twinkies, or Publix Banana Pops !!

  59. Wolfbird says:

    Popsicles. Seriously. Screw everything else. Just gimme dem popsicles.

    I think my unhealthy fascination came from when I got sick of having tonsilitus every three days so I had them taken out as an adult. For about a month I ate nothing but chocolate popsicles because I literally couldn’t eat anything else. I even lost 30 lbs, too!

  60. WoodyD says:

    Ciao Bella Sicilian blood orange gelato. Tart, tangy frozen goodness.

  61. pdcorcoran says:

    Dell’s Lemonade

  62. ltsupervisor says:

    Rita’s fudge brownie cream ice. (NOT the plain chocolate or chocolate chocolate chip.) It’s the best of all possible worlds.

    Failing that, Rita’s watermelon or melon twist ice.

  63. Duke_Newcombe-Making children and adults as fat as pigs says:

    Frozen Custard, a.k.a., “concretes”. Especially, the Concrete Jungle at the Shake Shack, NYC

  64. Sarcastico says:

    Coffee shake = leftover coffee frozen in ice cube tray + chocolate milk blended well.

  65. magnetic says:

    Snickers ice cream bars combine two things I don’t like very much into one thing that is amazingly delicious.

  66. biggeek says:

    I haven’t had a Viennetta in 20 years, but I still dream about it.

  67. ElizabethD says:

    You gotta come to Rhode Island and have some Del’s frozen lemonade. No, it’s not what you’re imagining. It’s truly different.

  68. Clyde Barrow says:

    DQs Peanut Buster Parfait! The best!

  69. flipnut says:

    Ted Drews Concreate !!!!!

  70. mizani says:

    Dippin dots all the way!!!!

  71. Weekilter says:

    A nice dish of salty caramel ice cream from Molly Moon’s!

  72. BytheSea says:

    Ykno those Nestle chipwiches? I need one every 28 days.

  73. dabarak says:

    Well Joan Rivers is pretty funny.
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    Wait, you mean she’s NOT frozen?

  74. Ed H. says:

    Martinis. Seriously, folks, keep your vodka and glasses in the freezer. Think of the troops.

  75. gargunkle says:

    Strawberry crunch ice cream bars… I forget the official name. Several brands make them. Actually, now that you remind me, I should pick up some of them.

  76. parvax says:

    SNOWBALLS! Skylight or egg custard please, with marshmallow

  77. Winter White says:

    Swedish Fish Water Ice!

    There is no substitute.

  78. Awesome McAwesomeness says:

    DQ dipped cone, Braum’s mint chocolate chip in a cone, and Blue Bell banana pudding ice cream. Now I have to go get some Blue Bell.