Sunday is National Ice Cream Day. Here are Some Places to Get Your Fill
See also: *Best Food Orgasm - 2006
President Ronald Reagan designated every third Sunday during the month of July as National Ice Cream Day. If you're a true 'Merican, you'll follow the orders of our beloved Dutch and have a scoop or three. We have a list of a few local faves. Make us proud now.
Dude, Sweet Chocolate While this Oak Cliff chocolatier is known for its dark chocolate concoctions, they also dabble in the push-pop business. The ice cream flavors, like their chocolate, are all but ordinary, yet amazing. A few things they have right now are mamey and vanilla, fig mezcal, and passion fruit. They're open Sunday and push-pops are $4 each.
Wild About Harry's Harry's mom's custard recipe has been kept alive for more than 80 years now. Hopefully, the life-size hotdog dude out front lasts as long. The old-school family run spot on Knox Street has been in business locally for more than 15 years and continues to be one of the best spots in the city to cool down with almost 50 flavors and several daily specials.
Pokey O's This retro ice cream shop over by SMU serves Blue Bell Ice Cream, but their specialty is smushing it between their homemade cookies for amazing sandwiches, which earned them the a Best of Dallas® award for "Best Food Orgasm" a few years back.
Beth Marie's Old Fashioned Ice Cream This soda-fountain spot in Denton's old town square is a little bit of a hike, but a Sunday drive for a scoop (or three) of one of their unique homemade flavors, with 14 percent butterfat, is worth it. Flavors get creative with things like Campfire Marshmallow, Krissy French Toast or Peterbuilt Big Red. They're open until 10:30 p.m. daily. If the drive just kills the deal, Central Market carries their ice cream too.
Henry's Homemade Ice Cream Henry's at 3011 Independence Parkway in Plano has been churning out homemade ice cream daily since 1992. Henry brought his ice cream operation down from Philadelphia, primarily because he wanted to spread the good word: "Ice cream makes you pretty." We need no convincing.
Paciugo Pa-CHOO-go, which means "good enough to smear all over your face and lick from between your fingers," is growing faster than my chia pet. They have almost 20 places in the region these days, and if you haven't had any yet, what the heck is the hold up? Seriously, why haven't you? Their gelato is made with milk instead of cream, and after beginning in Turin, Italy, they opened their first stateside spot in Dallas in 1997. So in terms of international expansion, they were raised in Big D.
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