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If you are looking for a great way to beat the Texas heat without breaking the bank or waiting in long lines to take a nice dip in the water, then gather the family and head on over to one of these great ice cream places. Just think, in moments you’ll be enjoying gelato, ice cream or custard to cool you off. You can even enjoy a nice bit to eat or a hot cup of coffee, if you’re in the mood.

Henry’s Homemade Ice Cream
3100 Independence Parkway, Suite 215
Plano, TX 75075
(972) 943-3639
www.henryshomemadeicecream.com

Henry’s Homemade Ice Cream has been serving restaurants in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for more than 20 years with great homemade ice cream, but that’s not it’s secret. Henry’s has a storefront in Plano and serves some of the best ice cream you’ve ever tasted. Not only will you enjoy traditional flavors but you’ll enjoy creative flavors that are sure to make you wonder, ‘How did Henry come up with that?’ If you love ice cream, then have your next event catered. With so much ice cream, you’ll just want to scream.

Pokey O’s Cookies And Ice Cream 
3034 Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75205 
(214) 987-1200
www.pokeyos.com

Cookies and ice cream, what could be better? Well Pokey O’s surely got it right when they put these two together. With 13 fresh baked cookies and 15 wonderful flavors of Blue Bell Ice Cream there are so many combinations of ice cream sandwiches. If you are not into the yummy goodness of a good old fashion ice cream sandwich then try shakes, malts or sundaes. The cookies are made with the best ingredients as well as kosher.

Highland Park Soda Fountain
3229 Knox St.
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 521-2126
www.highlandparksodafountain.com


Walking into Highland Park Soda Fountain is like walking into a time capsule of fun. From the moment you enter, you will instantly feel how customers felt more than 100 years ago. From the tin ceiling to the tile flooring to the stools most of everything is original to the opening, including the cash register by the door. The ice cream flavors are simple: vanilla, strawberry and chocolate, but you can indulge in one of the six flavor syrups. Don’t think that’s all they have to offer; you can fill up on an ice cream cone, signature shakes and malts. or just sit down and enjoy some great food. Afterwards you can visit the mini store where children under 12 can get a free piece of gum, a 103 year old tradition.

Wild About Harry’s
3113 Knox St. 
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 520-3113
www.wildaboutharrys.com


You wouldn’t think that one of the most iconic hot dog restaurants in Dallas/Fort Worth would sell frozen treats you, but you’d be wrong. Wild About Harry’s has been selling handmade and handcrafted custard for the past 20 years. They sell everything from cones to shakes and their own version of a Blizzard called the Concrete. There are more than 40 custards made on site every day for guests to either take home or enjoy inside of their eclectically cool restaurant. Owner, Edith B. explained the custard to be more egg, less sugar and 10 percent air whipped to give more density to each spoonful of great tasting custard and boasts that their hidden treasure is Texas Peanut Butter.

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Frutitas Plaeteria
539 W. Jefferson Blvd. 
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 942-1255

Ever walk through a grocery store and thought about grabbing a pint or even a gallon to take home? Well at Frutitas Plaeteria, you can. This specialty grocery store not only sells authentic Hispanic foods but all very flavorful sweet treats. You can enjoy sweet, savory with a hint of spice ice cream flavors, like limon chile. Customers really love the large cups of yogurt with mangos and other tropical fruit chunks. Brush up on your Spanish because these treats with make you feel like you took a trip to a Mexican paradise.

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Ivy N. Carter has been professionally writing since 1998 when she started writing for the Texas Southern University The Herald student newspaper. Since then Ivy has enjoyed writing for several magazines, newspapers, businesses and other publications throughout the country. She has a MBA is the owner of Written By INC a professional writing and editing company. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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