Summer is here, and along with it comes beach balls, sunscreen, pool parties and that suffocating heat. The heat is no problem, though, when you’re armed with tasty frozen goodies to cool you down. Whether you’re eight, 80 or anywhere in between, no one can say no to these summertime treats. Read on to find out where to find the best frozen treats in Tampa Bay.
Roux’s New Orleans Style Snoballs
19651 Bruce B. Downs Blvd
Tampa, FL 33647
A snoball is a New Orleans dessert similar to a snow cone. These Louisiana delicacies are made from freshly-shaved ice and topped with any combination of flavored syrups and creams. Unlike snow cones, however, the ice for the snoball is shaved as finely as possible for a smoother, more velvety texture. The menu boasts dozens of flavor choices and flavor combinations. Some favorites include apple pie, bahama mama, egg custard and Maui wowee. If you’d fancy a cream instead, perhaps you might try cafe au lait or orchid creme vanilla. Don’t forget the huge variety of toppings such as whipped cream and caramel sauce.
Best Ice Cream:
Tanya and Matt’s Icecreamiest
15742 N Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618
Tanya and Matt know ice cream and ice cream lovers. This small shop features ice cream in every way imaginable — banana splits, sundaes, soda floats, shakes and slushies, to name a few. There’s even an ice cream serving for dogs. Stop by and try a gourmet dipped waffle cone or a Kahlua meltdown sundae. Every month features a new, unique flavor and is described on the website if you feel like taking a look before your visit. If you think you know what it takes to create an amazing flavor, these cream connoisseurs can custom make your particular kind. No time to stick around? No problem, grab a quart to go.
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Gionata’s Gelateria & Caffe
24032 State Road 54
Lutz, FL 33559
Don’t let the size of this tiny little café fool you or you might miss out on some of the best gelato you’ll ever taste. Thick, smooth and incredibly creamy, it’ll turn you into a gelato fanatic after the first spoonful. All of Gionata’s treats are made fresh in-house, including artisan breads, Italian pastries, fresh fruit smoothies and of course, the gelato. Play it safe and try an oldie-but-goodie like strawberry or chocolate chip, or try a new favorite like banana or hazelnut.
Best Frozen Yogurt:
Berryism Frozen Yogurt Café
701 S Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33609
If you’re looking for a healthful summer treat, then Berryism is the place for you. This fat-free, all-natural frozen yogurt is packed with live active cultures that do wonders for your health. You can create your own frozen yogurt sundae, blend it in a latte or mix it with fresh fruit and juices to create the perfect sweet sensation. The yogurt comes in a flavor of the week, wildberry, chocolate and original tart flavors. Each cup can be enhanced with any number of toppings like blackberries, kiwi, pomegranate, mochi, almonds and carob chips.
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Felicitous Coffee House
11706 N 51st St
Tampa, FL 33617
If you like coffee, you will adore Felicitous. Cute, cozy and just a little bit quirky, this coffee shop is popular for its local artists’ displays and hand-crafted jewelry as well as its delicious foods and phenomenal beverages. The frappés can be served either as frozen blended drinks or simply poured over ice. The flavors include cookies-n-cream, java chip, red velvet, coconut, chocolate peanut butter and more. If you really want to try an exotic frozen treat that you will never forget, opt for the taro frappé, made from the Hawaiian root vegetable. The taste is a cross between a sweet potato and birthday cake, with all the fun of a milkshake. Go on, you deserve it.
Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.