Now that summer is here, it’s time to sample the Lake Houston Area’s tempting ice cream havens. With so many to choose from, there’s sure to be a favorite for everyone.
“I scream, you scream; we all scream for ice cream!” This might be an old saying, but delectable ice cream treats around town are cold, fresh and many are brand new concoctions.
Think there’s nothing new under the ice cream sun? Surprise!
Begin an ice cream quest and tasting mission at Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream, which is located in Kingwood. Sub Zero is the newest kid in town where, veiled in a cloud of nitrogen vapor, a unique ice cream creation is born. It’s the freshest ice cream around, because it’s never been kept in a freezer – it’s made right before your eyes. It must be seen and experienced to believe it! They use all natural flavors from fruit extract, which is instantly frozen by liquid nitrogen at -321 degrees. The owner, Shane Edwards, said he saw this idea on Shark Tank and wanted to bring it to our area. He wants kids to have this experience and offers birthday parties at the shop or will cater parties.
Marble Slab offers mouthwatering, handmade ice cream in many exciting flavors and mix-ins. According to Kamlesh and Pural in their Kingwood store, Red Velvet ice cream is a favorite flavor of many, with gummies and sprinkles. Find more Marble Slab ice cream at the Deerbrook Mall location in Humble.
Alluring ice cream flavors and choices of mix-ins are offered by Cold Stone Creamery – dipped by hand and mixed as you watch. Manager Erns Matulac at the Atascocita location suggests Birthday Cake Remix from their Signature Collection, with cake batter ice cream, cookie dough, fudge and whipped cream. Yum! There is another Cold Stone Creamery location in Kingwood where the Cotton Candy flavor (blue) with sprinkles is often chosen by little kids, and older kids might go for Cake Batter ice cream, topped off with graham crackers mixed in Cookie Dough. You heard it here first!
Baskin Robbins on Atascocita Road is another favorite stop with a wide variety of flavors to choose from. Ice Cream specialist Asha Lewis said the favorite flavor here is Butter Pecan, while Cookies and Cream is a close second. Have fun sampling some of their popular flavor favorites. Baskin Robbins is also found in Kingwood.
There are many locations for soft serve ice cream, but Dairy Queen, which is an old favorite, must be the queen of soft serve. We visited the new DQ located on Northpark Drive in Kingwood where sundaes, shakes and banana splits come to mind, along with Blizzards so thick you can turn them upside down. A second DQ is located in Huffman for fans closer to the Lake Houston Bridge.
Sonic is another favorite for soft serve, in addition to other cold and summery concoctions. They have banana splits, sundaes, milkshakes, smoothies and so many more frozen treats, that are sure to help keep the heat at bay.
How does a Turtle Sundae sound? Haydee Wright, who works behind the counter at Culver’s in Atascocita/Humble, confirms that this is their most popular frozen custard treat. It consists of vanilla custard, hot fudge, hot caramel, pecans and a maraschino cherry on top. Or pick up a chocolate or vanilla Concrete Mixer made with Oreos. Culver’s can also be found at Northpark and Highway 59 north, at the Kingwood exit.
With so many choices, it could take all summer to try them all. From the newest frozen inventions at Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream to the tried and true favorites at Dairy Queen, and everything in between, have fun starting a quest for the perfect ice cream treat of the summer!
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