First Look

Melt Ice Creams Is Simple and Awesome and Worth the Drive to Fort Worth

In an area that is hot for most of the year, it's somewhat surprising that there aren't more local ice cream shops in Dallas-Fort Worth. There are plenty of places to find paletas and popsicles, but a pint of hand-churned ice cream made with local ingredients is a little more difficult to find in Dallas.

You'll have to drive to Fort Worth, but Melt Ice Creams' "farm-to-cone" frozen treats are worth the trip.

Melt's bright yellow building is easy to spot on the otherwise beige Rosedale Avenue, and you'll be glad that you ventured away from the usual stops at the Stockyards and Sundance Square. The menu at Melt changes from day to day, and the shop often collaborates with other local restaurants for special menu items. Earlier this week, an uber-trendy macaron ice cream sandwich was on offer, made with lemon macarons from Cakewalk Bake Shop and their own lemon-blueberry ice cream.

The basics shine at Melt Ice Creams, like "Beans," a deeply flavored vanilla made with Madagascar beans. A dark and rich chocolate ice cream called is made with cocoa and smattered with small flecks of chocolate from Katherine Clapner's Dude, Sweet Chocolate. Other flavors, like a berry-balsamic ice cream made with a house balsamic reduction, are more inventive, but equally rich in flavor.

Waffle cones that are made fresh every day are an obvious choice, but don't expect settling on just one or two scoops to be easy. The scoop slingers behind the counter are eager to let you try a bite of each flavor, which only makes your decision harder. I settled on a scoop each of the Chocolate Chocolate and Salt Lick, a decadent salted caramel ice cream.

Vegans and dairy-free types should make a beeline to Melt Ice Creams for Coco Joe, made with Avoca coffee and coconut milk. Melt changes the vegan option every month, so coffee junkies will want to get there before the 31st. The texture of Coco Joe isn't as creamy as traditional ice cream, and it melts a little faster, but it's a delicious option even for those of us who can eat dairy.

Throw a cooler in the car so you can grab a pint of your favorite flavor, because you're invariably going to be craving it the next day. At $8, a pint of Salt Lick or Coco Joe is practically a bargain when you factor in driving all the way back to Fort Worth.