Ice Cream, Popsicles, & More: A Guide to Cold Treats in CC

Time for a new list of the best places to get a cold treat on a hot day. Ice cream, snow cones, shaved ice, frozen custard, froyo, popsicles, and more. When you want it, you want it!

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Called “the best snow cones in Frisco” by many, this little shack is a local institution that’s open seasonally near downtown Frisco. It’d be the perfect spot to hit after a trip to the splash pad at Frisco Commons. Check the Facebook page for open/close times. {Map}

Nom Noms

This Mexican restaurant also has homemade ice cream, sherbets, sorbets, and bars in over 50 flavors. Make it a summer goal to sample each delightfully creative one. Can’t beat delicious Mexican food AND fresh-made, award-winning ice cream. {Now with locations in McKinney and Plano.}


We like the Watters Creek location because you can combine your sweet treat with outdoor play time. Menchie’s is one of those places where you fill your cup with froyo + toppings and pay by weight. You know the drill. {In addition to Allen, you can find a Menchie’s Windsong Ranch in Prosper.}

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Had to include this Plano Thai-style rolled ice cream joint on here because the presentation is so fun. Order off the menu or build your own bowl, choosing from a small selection of base flavors. They also have shaved snow and all sorts of boba tea and drinks in cute cups. And kids will love their flower pot ice cream with a little shovel for a spoon. {Map}

Sugar Pine Creamery

Looking for another blend of Eastern and Western ice cream flavors? Try Sugar Pine Creamery, a friendly soft serve and boba tea spot in Plano. This cute, welcoming shop offers six interesting, high quality flavors each day. Be adventurous and try something unfamiliar! {Map}

Cream & Sugar

This one’s tucked away in Fairview Town Center and, as the name suggests, they serve coffee (and ice cream). If you’re trying to avoid a calorie bomb in the middle of the day, order scoops for the kids and a nitro cold brew for yourself. This would be a great spot to visit before or after splashing around in the Fountain. {Map}

Andy’s Frozen Custard

Roll up to the drive-thru for some instant gratification. Their seasonal sundaes are to die for and their roasted pecan topping is a favorite. {You can find locations in East Frisco, South Frisco, The Colony, and Carrollton.}

Cow Tipping Creamery

Along with cups, cones, and shakes, this semi-new Frisco parlor specializes in soft serve parfaits called Stackers that are all about the mix-ins. Start with a simple vanilla or chocolate base and go wild with layered toppings, or choose one of their suggested blends from the menu. {Map}

TC Shaved Ice

Shaved ice, gourmet ice cream, and fruit cocktails—yum. Some of TC’s creations look too good to eat. Go traditional or try something unique at this beloved spot. Side note: if you’re properly hungry, they’ve got a few savory items (corn in a cup!) on the menu as well. {Plano and Frisco locations.}

Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream Co.

You’ll find this one on the first floor of Legacy Food Hall. It just opened in February and serves sundaes, shakes, scoops, and spiked milkshakes, which I’ve noticed is a new mini-trend (see also: Cocktail Creamery in McKinney). Afternoon ice cream play date in the Box Garden? {Map}

Jeremiah’s Italian Ice

Rita’s Italian Ice is no longer with us, but if you need a replacement, Jeremiah’s (in McKinney) more than fills the bill. Drive through or sit on the patio as you enjoy soft serve and Italian ices. I say go for a Gelati, which is a delicious combination of both. {Map}

Henry’s Homemade Ice Cream

This Plano parlor is an award-winning ice creamery with a small town feel. The award winning flavors are constants on the menu, but Henry also switches things up with rotating daily specials. Become a member of the Cone Club for treats and rewards each month! {Map}

Where is your family indulging in a cold, sweet treat this summer? We want to know! 

Katie grew up in Dallas and then spent 10 post-college years in Austin, where she and her husband Mick welcomed a daughter and son (in 2011 and 2013). They've since moved to Fort Worth and find it to be quite fun and a great place for kids. Katie is horrible at social media but secretly likes Twitter best. Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. If you've seen Death Becomes Her or Big Business more than once, you'll be best friends.