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Chicago's Best Frozen Treats

Chicago's Best Frozen Treats

Memorial Day has passed, and the temperature is finally starting to inch up; it’s safe to say that summer is on its way! To make sure you are fully prepared to handle the heat, we’ve got a rundown of the best places in Chicago for frozen treats. From classic cones to artisan treats, you’ll stay cool all season as long as you stop at one of these shops.

Rainbow Cone
This Chicago classic is a must have in the summer. The combination of orange sherbet, pistachio, Palmer House (vanilla with cherries and walnuts), strawberry, and chocolate came together over the ice cream shop’s long history. Now it is a must have at Taste of Chicago and a city favorite.

Black Dog Gelato
This artisan shop has become a darling of the Chicago foodie scene. Jessica Oloroso, the owner, worked as a pastry chef under Top Chef Stephanie Izard before deciding to dabble in unique gelato flavors. She now owns two shops in Chicago, both dishing up scoops of Goat Cheese Cashew Caramel, Sesame Fig Chocolate Chip, and many more.

Mario’s Italian Lemonade
This tiny kiosk in Little Italy has been in business since the 1950s, and it has never failed to deliver the perfect escape from the summer sun. The lines can extend well down Taylor Street as people get the craving for this soft and icy dessert. Watermelon is a favorite flavor, as well as the ever-popular lemon.

Frozen yogurt has regained its popularity, and Pinkberry does it well. With fun flavors that can be mixed and matched, you can truly create a unique dessert by adding as many toppings as you want from their selection of cookie crumbles, fruit, sauces, and more.

Scooter’s Frozen Custard
This neighborhood shop, started by two former office workers sick of the corporate world, sticks by its core ingredient: thick, luscious frozen custard made from scratch each and every day. This dedication to quality has earned them a dedicated following, and the delicious mixes called “concretes” are a welcome reward.

And be on the lookout for another ice cream shop to make its debut in the Windy City! There’s already a lot of buzz about Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. The chain has shops in Ohio and Tennessee and serves fresh flavors like chamomile and bananas and honey topped with “gravels,” crumbly toppings like donut, salty graham, and everything bagel. The Chicago store won’t be open until August, however, giving you plenty of time to sample the stores above first!

In case you're still craving some caffeine after those cold brew bars, check out these Brownie Crisp Ice Cream Sandwiches. A twist on the typical, it combines two crowd favorites into one compact, easy to hold snack.

This was my very first introduction into the Trader Joe's world of frozen treats, and WOW, does it set a precedence. They're perfectly bite-sized and there's enough of them to share with some friends. Not only is it a scoop of ice cream with a chocolate shell, there's also a delightfully brownie/cookie bottom that just melts in your mouth.

If you're feeling something fruitier though, try out the Mango Sorbet Bon Bons. Same delicious chocolate shell, but a bit more of a refreshing twist.

Frozen Chocolate Velvet

Velvety smooth, rich, and creamy, this decadent frozen chocolate dessert is perfect for when you want to truly indulge. Rich, no-bake chocolate velvet cake has a texture you have to try to believe — and once you do, you're sure to be hooked. This is a great make-ahead dessert for entertaining.

This is some of the best barbecue in the city, if not the midwest. The twinkling lights and long tables make it feel like a home meal in your own backyard.

Yes, this is slightly biased because it’s my favorite bakery in the country, but I promise this is by far the best bakery in Chicago. All of your baked good dreams are fulfilled here. There is not a single bad item on the menu. A must try is the double doozie (a sugar cookie frosting sandwich topped with more frosting), but the chocolate chip peanut butter chip brownie and lemon cupcakes are a must, too.

Nature's Rancher Angus Beef Burgers

Nutrition (⅓-pound patty): 380 calories, 30 g fat (12 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 100 mg sodium, 0 g carbs, 26 g protein

Appearance & Consistency: We liked the perfect disk-like shape of this patty. The beef has been processed a fair amount, so the meat is pretty small and tiny when you take a bite—which is certainly different than if you hand-rolled patties from fresh ground beef at home.

Taste: Let me just say: "wow." The testers were almost taken aback by how delicious this patty was. "It's unusual to take a bite of a burger and really taste the meat," said one burger-lover. This would certainly be the perfect patty for any toppings.

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You'll have to head to Whole Foods to pick up our favorite all-beef frozen burger from Nature's Rancher. If you're looking for the best plain, versatile patty that you can dress up on your own, this brand's frozen burgers take the cake.

16 Homemade Frozen Yogurt Recipes That'll Melt in Your Mouth

Summertime temps mean that frozen custard and ice cream are the name of the game. So we're officially declaring it the season of the scoop. But don't just dive spoon-first into that bowl of homemade ice cream make room for another one of our favorite frozen treats: frozen yogurt.

Hear us out. Yes, your local soft-serve fro-yo joint has probably been around for a while, and you've come to really like adding all those toppings. But guys, we're talking about homemade frozen yogurt, which is an entirely different sort of concoction altogether. You&rsquoll be absolutely blown away by how easy it is to make your own creamy creations. In fact, most recipes only call for about three or four ingredients: fruit, some sort of sweetener (raw honey, maple syrup, etc.), and regular or Greek yogurt for the base. And while it can help to have an ice cream maker, it's not, strictly speaking, necessary to bring these ideas to life. For many homemade fro-yo flavors, you can get by with a food processor or blender.

So, with this new homemade frozen yogurt insight, get to work whipping up your very own batches of the light treat for the whole family. Start with our uber-creamy vanilla-frozen-yogurt base recipe, below. After that, check out some upgrades, including blueberry basil, mango lassi, and green tea honey. After that, check out some of our favorite recipes from around the web&mdashor just go to town adding your own mix-ins. Strawberry peanut-butter? Why not? The best part of making your own flavor is you get to decide!

Lighter than traditional ice cream, but still just as creamy and luscious, this frozen yogurt is the perfect guilt-free summer treat.

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The farm-stand blueberries add color and flavor, but it's the genius addition of fresh basil that provides this sweet treat with a surprising depth of flavor.

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If you've ever had a mango lassi yogurt drink on a hot day, you know just how refreshingly cool they are. But take those flavors and put them in a frozen yogurt, and they're positively reinvigorating.

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There's possibly no flavor combination that says summer more than strawberry and rhubarb. While the classic pies and galettes are pretty unbeatable, there's a soft-serve place in our hearts for this delicious fro-yo take.

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Green tea ice cream, that staple of Japanese restaurants everywhere, is practically worth the trip out all by itself. Now you can have this lighter version at home whenever you want.

Raspberry Linzer cookies are, arguably, the best Christmas cookie there is. But that doesn't mean you have to wait until it's cold to enjoy the flavor. This sweet treat will have you feeling like it's Christmas in July.

Fun Frozen Desserts

Keep cool all summer long with these homemade treats, straight from your freezer.

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Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars

We turned your favorite strawberry shortcake ice cream bar into a decadent, over-the-top dessert. They're made with a buttery shortbread crust, super creamy no-churn strawberry ice cream and a sweet-tart layer of strawberry jam.

No-Churn Mango-Coconut-Lime Ice Cream

Sweetened condensed milk, coconut cream and heavy cream combine with mango pulp for a super refreshing dessert that takes almost no effort to make.

Watermelon, Chili and Basil Ice Pops

Peaches and Cream Ice Cream Cake with Oatmeal Cookies

This cake matches toasty oatmeal cookies and granola with the delicate flavors of peach and vanilla.

Fresh Mint Chip Gelato

Because mint and chocolate were mint to be together.

Ice Cream Freezer Pops

Mocha Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

These ice cream sandwiches are fit for a crowd — the recipe makes 24 cool treats. Layer coffee ice cream between easy sheet pan brownies, then roll the edges of each sandwich in chopped espresso beans.

No-Churn Coffee-Caramel Crunch Ice Cream

Instant espresso powder and jarred dulce de leche make this 15-minute treat extra luscious.

Frozen Peanut Butter Bites

Sugar Wafer Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

Ice cream cone, who? There's crunchy wafer cookie and ice cream in every bite of this frozen chocolate, strawberry and vanilla cake.

No-Churn Matcha Ice Cream

Green tea shines in this simple no-churn matcha ice cream, which is delicious alone or topped with toasted coconut and chocolate chips.

Ice Cream in a Bag

Put the social in ice cream social: Get your pals (or the neighborhood kids!) together and take turns shaking up a sweet treat in just 5 minutes

Frozen Key Lime Pie

You don't even need to roll out the crust for one of Ina's all-time favorite summer desserts that she's been making for over 35 years.

Honeydew Melon and Cilantro Ice Pops

Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

Oreo-Stuffed Ice Cream Sandwiches

Brownie and chocolate chip lovers don't have to decide &mdash these indulgent ice cream sandwiches have both (plus an extra hidden cream-filled cookie surprise). One baking sheet does double duty and bakes both layers at the same time.

Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake

Ice Cream Cupcakes

These sprinkled treats my look like cupcakes but they&rsquore actually ice cream sundaes &mdash inside an edible, chocolate shell.

Blueberry, Thyme and Sweet Cream Ice Pops

Ice Cream Crunch Tacos

The great thing about this treat is that you can make it to order. Stash the assembled ice cream sandwiches in your freezer and whenever the craving strikes, just wrap one in a dulce de leche lined tortilla, pan fry and toss in cinnamon-sugar.

Ice Cream Cake

Chocolate-Banana Ice Cream Pie

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Neapolitan Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Neapolitan Ice Cream Sandwiches

10-Minute Ice Cream Pops

You never have to settle for just a scoop again when chocolate-dipped pops can be whipped up in a matter of minutes. Take a pint of your favorite ice cream flavor, slice it into frozen rounds, dunk it in a chocolate shell and wait a few seconds for it to harden.

Peanut Butter Shell

Why should chocolate lovers have all the fun? Now peanut butter fans can have a nice crunchy shell on their ice cream too. If you use coconut oil you get the bonus of a little tropical flavoring, though it takes just a tad longer to set up.

Serious Vanilla Ice Cream

Alton gets serious with this ice cream recipe he swaps out a couple tablespoons of sugar for peach preserves and lets the ice cream mixture mellow for a few hours in the refrigerator, all in the name of a better ice cream.

Baked Hawaii

Prepare for dropping jaws: This tropical take on baked Alaska is a total spectacle. The toasted outside conceals a tower of creamy roasted pineapple no-churn ice cream. The recipe makes more ice cream than you need for the dessert, but you will be happy to have the leftovers.

Peanut Butter Blondie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Molly sandwiches store-bought vanilla ice cream in between slices of peanut butter blondies for a decadent treat that serves a crowd.

Peanut Butter-Banana Semifreddo

Red, White and Blue Baked Alaska

Under that swirly, toasted layer of meringue is a red, white and blue surprise! Blue is achieved by cleverly dipping slices of angel food cake in a fresh blackberry sauce. Vanilla ice cream and raspberry sorbet complete the patriotic color trio.

Chocolate-Chip Caramel Ice Cream Sundae

Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

Baked Alaska

Chocolate Ice Cream

Pushable Rosé Pops

Why should kids have all the summer frozen-treat fun? When a frozen push-pop is infused with rosé wine, fresh berries and pound cake, a grown-up can happily relive the good ol' days.

Cocoa Colada Ice Pops

Lemon-Raspberry Sorbet Cake

Mango Float

If "float" evoked thoughts of us giving you a drink, think again. This no-bake treat is actually a popular Filipino dessert layered with mangoes and cream &mdash and it's one you won't soon forget.

Salted Caramel Ice Cream Cone Cake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bombe

Filling an edible chocolate chip cookie bowl with layers of vanilla ice cream and bits of your favorite chocolate candy bar is amazing. Creating a peanut butter tower in the center can only make it better.

No-Churn Watermelon Ice Cream Slices

What fun to slice into a mini watermelon and reveal luscious watermelon ice cream hidden inside!

No-Churn Shark Ice Cream

No ice cream maker needed to pull off this fun, shark-themed ice cream. An ocean swirl of vanilla, this sweet treat is super creamy, thanks to the heavy cream and condensed milk, and full of flavor.

Oat Milk and Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Sandwich no-churn oat milk ice cream between two oatmeal cookies, no dunking needed!

Cereal Ice Pops

Cool off with these cereal-coated ice pops. Since they&rsquore made in small paper cups, no ice-pop molds are needed. Savor them straight from the freezer, or amp things up a notch and dip your pops in chocolate.

Sweet-and-Salty Ice Cream

Coffee-Coconut Ice Cream Bombe

Frozen Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

Sheet Pan Ice Cream Cake

This "naked" ice cream cake shows off its layers beautifully. It starts with our basic sheet pan cake that's cut into rectangles, for an easier alternative to baking separate layers. We used chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream for a Neapolitan-themed dessert, but feel free to substitute any of your favorite varieties&ndash&ndashthe vanilla cake is neutral enough that it will complement any flavor.

Buttermilk-Pecan Ice Cream

Praline Ice Cream Sandwiches

Blackberry Chip Ice Cream

Mint Chip Ice Cream

Frozen Brownie Sundaes

Neapolitan Ice Cream

Cinnamon Ice Cream with Cinnamon Crisps

Coconut, Cherry and Vanilla Bean Ice Pops

Juicy cherries, creamy coconut milk and a generous amount of vanilla come together to create a delicious frozen dessert that's ideal for scorching days. These are not your regular ice pops, loaded with refined sugar: Small amounts of honey and maple syrup give just the right amount of sweetness and add flavor.

Dipped and Decorated Waffle Cones

If you ask Ree, the perfect dipped cone has chocolate on the inside and on the outside. Sprinkle the top of each cone with your favorite toppings, like sprinkles, pecans, candies, pretzels — the options are endless.

Frosé Ice Pops

Your favorite frozen summer drink just got a makeover. To make these non-alcoholic, Trisha suggests subbing club soda for wine.

Ice Cream Bombe

Creamy Pistachio Pops

Aarti's creamy pops are an easy frozen treat inspired by pistachio kulfi, India's answer to ice cream.

Homemade Peach Ice Cream

This recipe uses fresh, ripe peaches and peach nectar for extra fruity ice cream. Drizzle it with Praline Pecan Sauce for a decadent finish.

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bars

Layer cookies, ice cream, caramel and whipped cream to create decadent, layered ice cream bars. Best of all, this no-cook treat features ingredients that are likely stocked away in your kitchen.

Giant Ice Cream Sandwich

Grilled-Peach and Almond Ice Pops

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

Remember when you were a kid and you were only allowed to choose one flavor out of all the amazing options at the ice cream store? Well, this cake allows you to indulge not only one, or two BUT three different layers of ice cream and added bonuses of a pound cake base and a whipped cream topper.

Homemade Pineapple Upside-Down Sundae

Orange-Vanilla Frozen Custard

Chocolate-Covered Ice Cream Tacos

Who else ordered a Choco Taco from the ice cream truck? Molly&rsquos nostalgic homemade ice cream tacos are not only a blast from the past but SO easy to make at home. She uses common baking ingredients to create the taco shell batter and even provides a genius way of keeping the shape: with hard cover books!

Cherry-Chocolate Ice Cream

Fire and Ice Cream

Chocolate-Hazelnut Ice Cream Cupcakes

No-Churn Passion Fruit Ice Cream

No fancy tools needed for this tropical ice cream. Although not necessary to enjoy the ice cream, the addition of simple rum-caramel sauce will transport dinner guests to the Caribbean.

Maple-Bacon Crunch Ice Cream

Raspberry Buttermilk Sherbet

Strawberry-Soda Ice Cream

Gorilla Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice Cream Pie

This ice cream pie can be kept in the freezer for several days, allowing you to sneak delicious little wedges whenever the need arises. And boy, oh, boy. will the need ever arise!

Mermaid Ice Cream

Kids will get a kick out of this colorful, mermaid-inspired frozen dessert. Layer neon pink, blue and purple ice cream bases into a loaf pan, swirl the colors with a butter knife and freeze overnight.

"Ice Cream" Sandwiches

Follow Ina&rsquos lead and sandwich sorbet rather than ice cream between your cookies. And, don&rsquot forget to roll the edges of each sandwich in chopped peanuts for an added crunch.

Jalapeño Ice Pops

You&rsquoll feel the heat in these ice pops &mdash and cool off at the same time.

Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream Cake

Don't be fooled, this simple-looking whipped cream frosted cake has a surprise inside: layers of strawberry and chocolate chip ice cream with a flavor boost from strawberry jam and graham cracker crumbs.

Strawberry Crunch Ice Cream Cake

You wish your favorite childhood ice cream bar could&rsquove been this big! All you need is boxed vanilla cake mix, strawberry ice cream, freeze-dried strawberries and white frosting to serve up a hearty dose of nostalgia.

Ice Cream Sundae Cones

Brown Sugar Boba Ice Cream Pops

If you&rsquore craving those deliciously chewy and caramelly pops that are seemingly everywhere on social media, look no further. Inspired by brown sugar bubble tea, the Taiwanese ice cream treats are easy to make at home. Our recipe includes instructions for the boba (bubbles) too, since the store-bought pearls used in the drinks are made from tapioca starch, which becomes quite hard when frozen. After trying various options, we found glutinous rice flour yields the ideal texture, even after a stint in the freezer.


    1. Melt butter and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat or in a microwave-safe bowl. Pulse graham crackers in a food processor until fine crumbs form. With the motor running, drizzle in butter-honey mixture and process until well combined. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl set aside.
    2. Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat cream cheese in a large bowl until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add condensed milk and beat until smooth. Add key lime juice and lemon juice and beat to combine. Beat in 2 Tbsp. key lime zest.
    3. Using a whisk or electric mixer on medium-high speed, whip cream in another medium bowl to very soft peaks. Sprinkle powdered sugar over cream and continue to whip until it holds stiff peaks. Gently fold 1/2 cup cream into key lime mixture cover remaining cream and chill.
    4. Line muffin pan with paper liners. Pour key lime mixture into a pastry bag or plastic bag with the corner snipped off and pipe batter evenly into tins. Top each with 1 1/2 Tbsp. cracker crumb mixture, breaking up crumbs to completely cover, then press down gently to adhere. Freeze until set, at least 3 hours.
    5. Remove pies from molds, turn upside down, and remove paper liners. Spread reserved cream over pies and top with remaining 1 Tbsp. key lime zest.
    1. Pies (without topping) can be made 2 weeks ahead cover and freeze.

    Global delights

    Halo-halo is a kitchen-sink kind of dessert beloved by Filipinos. Its colorful photogenic layers typically include crushed ice, ice cream (usually ube, a purple yam), sweetened beans, sliced fruit, gelatin, coconut strings and rice, among other mix-in options. Pick up versions at Jollibee and Red Ribbon Bakeshop, both part of the Seafood City complex in North Mayfair. Halo-halo can also be found on the dessert menus of Isla Pilipina and Merla’srestaurants.

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