Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples — it could also be for your kids, your nephews, and/or your nieces. Although movie night is a tried and true date night activity for everyone (kids included), ice cream will always be the most perfect addition to a special Valentine’s Day treat!
Ice cream tastes great any day and any time of the year, but particularly more so when given as a treat to kids! For this year’s Valentine’s we highly suggest for you to stop chasing commercialized ice cream trucks that offer nothing but chemical nightmares for your kids, and focus instead on those ice cream variants that are guranteed to be made from fresh ingredients and real food!
Crafted with peak-season ingredients sourced responsibly from local farmers and artisans in Texas, Lick Honest Ice Creams has grown and became successful simply because their products are delicious. They are a small, locally-owned business that makes seasonal, sustainable ice creams from the freshest local ingredients that are transformed into a wide array of delicious treats.
They simply take great pride in witnessing their ingredients as they journey from the farm to your scoop — cakes, cookies, and sauces, to the syrups, marshmallows, and more — entirely from scratch in their Northwest Austin kitchen. They churn every batch, pack each pint, and roll each homemade waffle cone by hand every single day. The best part? They do all of this in an effort to serve up the freshest, most honest ice creams possible!
1905 Aldrich Street, #150, Austin, TX 78723. Call (512) 382-0745. Visit Lick Honest Ice Creams for more information.
Amy’s Ice Creams aims to make your day with their super-premium ice cream, frozen yogurt, dairy-free fruit ices, and ice cream cakes along with seasonal cookies and baked goods! They make only premium homemade ice cream and they serve it to you with a flip of their spade and a smile.
Amy’s Ice Creams in San Antonio is just one of its 15 branches across Texas — and it’s located just right along Basse Road. Amy’s Ice Creams guarantees a new flavor adventure for you every time you visit with their 350 flavors of super-premium ice cream in rotation including their world-famous Mexican Vanilla, The Rico, Cookie Monster, and Death by Chocolate ice creams!
255 E Basse Rd, Ste 430, San Antonio, 78209. Call (210) 832-8886. Visit Amy’s Ice Creams for more information.
Baldo’s Ice Cream shows you the best way to spend your cheat day — to visit their hybrid ice cream and coffee shop! In their scoop shop café, you don’t need to settle on the typical flavors (a.k.a. Vanilla) because fun and unique ice cream flavors are available, made from scratch and in small batches daily. Their ingredients are locally sourced whenever possible from their partners and co-collaborators within Texas.
Perfect for kids and for those who simply cannot choose what flavor to scoop, Baldo’s offers their mini-flight of 3 or 6 mini-waffle cones that let you try multiple flavors all in one go! Ice cream cakes and different types of coffee are also available in Baldo’s Ice Cream.
Pro Tip: Be sure to try out their:
- Baldo’s Box that comes with 4 ice cream pints and 9 ready-to-bake cookies, and
- Sorbet Mimosa Kit that omes with 2 pints of mango or raspberry sorbet and champagne or Prosecco.
6401 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas, 75205. Call (972) 913-4001. Visit Baldo’s Ice Cream for more information.
Hungry Hippo Ice Cream & Treats makes and sells scratch-made ice cream, fresh marshmallows, meringue cookies, and other treats at various farmers’ markets and pop-ups. We bet no other ice cream is good enough once you’ve had Hungry Hippo because you can definitely tell the difference in taste and texture compared to commercial ice creams.
Imagine a rich chocolate ice cream, loaded with caramel, and toasted with walnuts. Think of a perfect bite of rich and oozing ganache poured in a graham cracker base and topped with amazing marshmallow fluff. Visualize a toffee ice cream that is so rich and decadent with lots of toffee pieces, roasted nuts, and fresh caramel. All these are made with the freshest and highest quality ingredients!
17527 Huffmeister Rd, Ste A, Cypress, TX 77429. Call (832) 504-1623. Visit Hungry Hippo Ice Cream & Treats for more information.
Ice Cream & Bananas is a small ice cream pop-up shop that crafts and sells amazing homemade ice cream and treats in various farmers’ markets. As featured in a local YouTube channel named Life Through Lens, this ice cream shop has a wide selection of delicious ice creams that uses the finest quality ingredients that are all made from scratch.
Make sure to have your kids try one or all of their classic bestsellers such as Besties, banana foster, strawberry balsamic, and honeycomb ice cream! They also offer non-dairy and good vegan ice cream that are made with organic coconut milk, almond milk, and cashew milk — including guava cilantro coconut, mango, Rio basil lemon sorbet, tamarind sorbet, guañabana sorbet, and hibiscus ancho sorbet!
5401 North 10th Street, Ste 117, McAllen, TX 78504. Call (956) 720-0018. Visit Ice Cream & Bananas for more information.
Get ready to be wasted with the award-winning small-batch creamery and Houston’s first urban ice cream truck, Chocolate Wasted Ice Cream! Selling artisan and handcrafted ice creams, popsicles, and other frozen treats, Chocolate Wasted Ice Cream has the best ice cream in Houston.
Be sure not to miss their popular spiced chocolate, honey vanilla, and their own version of cookies and cream ice cream — the truffle shuffle. Chocolate Wasted Ice Cream generally offers fruity, creamy, and chocolate-dipped popsicles that are refreshingly awesome! If you’re feeling a tad bit adventurous, better for you to give their chocolate and orange ice cream.
2800 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003. Call (281) 935-4099. Visit Chocolate Wasted Ice Cream for more information.
Parlor’s Handcrafted Ice Creams is a Dallas-based ice cream cart that focuses on classic ice creams. Although their flavors are more on the traditional side, their entire process is nothing but extraordinary — whipping up and traditionally processing those nostalgic flavors from scratch.
They source their 100% grass-fed milk and pasture-raised eggs from local farms in Texas. Most of their additional ingredients also come from local small businesses that use sustainable and organic practices that align with their core values. They take all those ingredients to the kitchen where they mix, pasteurize, and freeze the ice cream in-house!
920 South Harwood Street, Dallas, TX 75201. Call (214) 664-9110. Visit Parlor’s Handcrafted Ice Creams for more information.
Gold Pops opened in 2018 with the intention of creating unique and fresh ingredients. They don’t use pre-frozen fruits that come in packages unlike other artisans out there. Instead, Gold Pops Ice Cream hand-picks their fruit selections in order to bring the best all-natural flavors — fresh, simple, quality ingredients make for an excellent frozen treat.
They also have introduced a new concept that is first to Texas in 2019: fried ice cream on a stick. The experience of both fire and ice in your mouth will just leave you totally blown away. They tweak the menu every two weeks based upon popular requests, and offer an assortment of mixed flavors, just think of apple pie and KitKat flavor as an example.
430 East Lamar Boulevard, #106, Arlington, TX 76011. Call (817) 659-7359. Visit Gold Pops Ice Cream for more information.
NadaMoo is an Austin-based dairy-free ice cream shop that offers scoops of its popular coconut milk-based ice cream flavors like the mint chip, birthday cake cookie dough, maple pecan, and snickerdoodle! Everything is available in cup, cone, or milkshake type. NadaMoo is not only delicious, but the prices at the scoop shop are very reasonable too compared to most hip ice cream shops.
Keeping with the theme, NadaMoo is also serving vegan baked foods and coffee with dairy-free creamers. They also have gluten-free waffle cones that are incredible! Though it is Dairy-free, the taste of their ice cream has not been compromised at all.
5555 N Lamar Blvd, Ste k111, Austin, TX 78751. Call (512) 566-4964. Visit NadaMoo! for more information.
Everything Ice Cream is a must-stop ice cream shop located in Anna, Texas. This ice cream truck serves over 30 different flavors with dairy-free options. Perfect for hot summer days or just whenever, this ice cream truck is a great place for ice cream with your friends and family!
Their wide selection of flavors is made from quality ingredients which makes Everything Ice Cream a definite must-try for anyone around the area. For recommendations, their donut ice cream sandwiches are to die for!
810 West White Street, # 200, Anna, TX 75409. Call (972) 924-7007. Visit Everything Ice Cream for more information.
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