Summer is the perfect time to try a delicious treat. With temperatures rising, these frosty favorites will surely satisfy your sweet tooth and help you stay cool too!
Mochi is a Japanese ice cream that is made in bite size balls covered with pounded sticky rice. They come in many great flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, red berry, or green tea!
Soft Serve Fruit Co.
Soft Serve Fruit Co. uses only simple and fresh ingredients…natural fruit, water, and a hint of organic cane sugar. This delicious treat comes in many great flavors and is dairy free, gluten free, fat free, and best of all GUILT free! An added bonus: it’s perfect if you are vegan or kosher!
Island Way Sorbet
When I have friends over for dinner, I like to serve these creative and yummy sorbets from Island Way for dessert. Each of the eleven flavors come in their own natural bowl. My favorite is the Pina Colada, which blends pineapple and coconut into a luscious treat and is served in a natural coconut shell. The lemon is also a big hit and served in a lemon rind…I promise your guests will love them!
Sant Ambroeus Gelato
Looking for authentic gelato straight from Italy? Sant Ambroeus is the best place to get it! Their gelato is made from handcrafted recipes by expert gelato makers in Brunico, Italy. You can only find this fabulous creamy gelato at Sant Ambroeus with locations in NYC and Southampton.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Powder, $10
A California favorite, these flavored powders from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf make the best blended iced drinks I have ever tasted. If you are worried about the calories, they also make them sugar-free (you really can’t tell the difference in flavor)!
With the handful of heat waves we experienced here in New York this summer, we had to try just about anything and everything to keep cool, which means we’ve tried our share of frozen desserts, too! Summer may be almost over but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy these cold, sweet treats anytime of the year to cool you down or just satisfy your sweet tooth.
Gelato is a type of Italian ice cream. Ciao Bella gelatos are available at most grocery stores and come in an assortment of unique flavors. This Key Lime Graham Cracker is light and refreshing while also super satisfying with the inclusion of crunchy graham cracker crumbs.
Sant Ambroeus has an amazing selection of authentic and gelato flavors. They are so creamy and delicious that they actually rival those found in Italy! Our Founder, Melissa Meyers is obsessed with the Gianduja (chocolate hazelnut concoction) and caramel flavors, and makes regular visits to all New York locations to enjoy her favorite frozen treat.
Il Laboratorio del Gelato has a few locations in New York but also ships fresh gelato and sorbet to your door. It is artisan-made in small batches for exceptional quality. Plus it has traditional and experimental flavors, from avocado to watermelon.
Sharon’s sorbet was the first to be mass-produced and available at major grocery chains, but is still all-natural and high quality. Nothing tastes like summer more than coconut, and with an array of other summery varieties like papaya and strawberry, this brand is a summer sorbet staple.
Haagen-Dazs is, of course, a household name when it comes to ice cream, but did you know they also make delectable sorbets? Their raspberry sorbet is fruity AND fat-free, so that means you don’t have to feel guilty about an extra scoop. The chocolate only has .5g of fat, so I like to do one scoop of raspberry with one of chocolate for a rich but refreshing dessert.
Buy Now, Ciao Bella key Lime Graham Cracker Gelato, $7.49
Buy Now, Sant Ambroeus Gelato
Buy Now, Il Laboratorio del Gelato, $60 (Pack of 4)
Buy Now, Sharon’s Coconut sorbet, $4.89
Buy Now, Haagen-Dazs Raspberry Sorbet, $4.79
What’s better for cooling off on a hot summer day than ice cream? Previously, I would say nothing, but then I found Grom, the Italian gelato shop. Nothing hits the spot like their homemade cones (or cups) of creamy deliciousness. I discovered it when I lived around the corner from their Florence, Italy, location. So when I found out they have locations in New York too, I brought my friends. They’ve all thanked me since. With special flavors each month alongside their traditional ones, my favorites include Bacio, basically Nutella in gelato form complete with hazelnut chips; crema di grom, their take on chocolate chip cookie dough with biscuits instead of dough; and fragola, the strawberry sorbet that is the perfect combination of fruity and creamy. Taste your way through them all this summer at 233 Bleecker at Carmine, 2165 Broadway at 76th Street, and 1796 Broadway at 58th Street. – Ariel Gononsky