Houston is widely known for its ever-vibrant food scene — especially right after it was hailed as one of the best food cities in all of America. Even desserts, particularly ice cream and gelato, unsurprisingly make it to the cut!
Perfect for sunny (and un-sunny) days, cold desserts have always been a staple to tickle one’s sweet tooth. We listed 5 of the best cold dessert places in Houston for you to taste the best of what Texas has to offer. Included also in this article are must-try classic flavors and utterly unique ones you need to get your hands on.
Established in 1984, Amy’s handcrafts artisan super-premium ice creams, dairy-free fruit ices, and frozen yogurt! There are 350+ flavors of ice cream in rotation, including their world-famous Mexican Vanilla ice cream — making every visit to be a new flavor adventure.
They also offer ice cream cakes for any occasion, seasonal items such as chocolate-covered strawberries or signature hot cocoa topped with Mexican Vanilla Marshmallows, and baked goods like shortbread cookies and cakes!
Must-try flavors: Mexican Vanilla and Belgian Chocolate.
3816 Farnham Street, Houston, 77098. Call (713) 526-2697.
Italian made in Texas, Dolce Neve is driven by the owner’s passion and love for the art of gelato. Their business name means “sweet snow”. This pertains to their gelato being as natural as snow and, of course, the fact that the first-ever gelato is made of snow mixed with honey and fruit juices.
This award-winning, family-owned shop serves about 12 to 18 gelato and sorbet flavors that are classified into: staples, rotating flavors, and seasonal flavors. Since their shop opened, they have created 300+ different flavors inspired by Italian traditions, from the ingredients they find at local farmers markets, all the fantastic desserts in Austin, and food that they’ve eaten around the world!
Must-try flavors: Chocolate 100%, Tiramisu, and Skyr & Bananas.
4721 North Main street, Houston, 77009. Call (832) 767-2183.
Chocolate Wasted Ice Cream is Houston’s first urban ice cream truck! They also sell artisan popsicles and other frozen treats with an interesting selection of flavors for you.
They also offer awesome fruity, creamy, and chocolate-dipped popsicles! And, not only do they sell delicious treats, but they also give back to the community.
Must-try flavors: Molé (spiced chocolate), Vanilla Fig, and White Chocolate Cherry.
2800 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003. Call (281) 935-4099.
Gelü Italian Ice specializes in authentic and homemade Italian ice that makes the perfect treat on a hot day! With fat-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free options, y’all will absolutely love Gelü. With over 30 mouth watering flavors, Gelü Italian Ice cuts no corners to ensure you get the best tasting and the most healthy gelato. Italian ice is more like sorbet in texture and tends to have similar flavor concoctions. In general, sorbet is considered to have a creamier texture than Italian Ice, but at Gelü, you’ll find the creations to be as smooth, sweet, and refreshing as any sorbet.
Must-try flavors: Pina Colada, Red Raspberry
500 Baybrook Mall, Ste 1178, Friendswood, TX 77546
Gelato & Co offers Sorbet and Gelato with the very best, real ingredients, in their raw and most natural form – everything is made from scratch. By using real ingredients, Gelato & Co achieves a full bodied texture and flavor in the gelatos they sell. They embody the “farm to table concept” using organic produce direct from local farmers whenever possible. The dairy flavors have low fat content because they use less cream and the sorbets are completely fat free, dairy free and full of fruit. They have 26 freshly made flavors plus limited specials for you to try! They are always experimenting while periodically bringing back your favorites or adding them as part of their regular selection.
Must-try flavors: Pavlova, Dulce De Leche
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. e100, Katy, TX 77494
We know where we are headed to this Independence Day Weekend for our frozen treats, do you?