Readers rate their favorite frozen treats


We put out a call for our readers’ favorite frozen treats, and Austin’s ice cream, gelato and snow cone lovers answered. We compiled the results and created a readers’ guide to Austin’s favorite frozen treats for your sweet treat-indulging pleasure. There was no overwhelmingly majority — indicating to us that worthy frozen treats are aplenty in Austin — but with nearly a fifth of the vote, Sweet Caroline’s Snow Shack beat out the rest for the title of Austins’ favorite.

1. Sweet Caroline’s: Dedicated to the New Orleans style of snowball over the traditional snow cone (it’s fluffier), Sweet Caroline’s offers more than 50 flavors from the classic cherry to dill pickle. The fact that the company’s namesake snowball, a delightful mix of strawberry and coconut with cream, is named after the owner’s daughter makes it extra sweet. — Hannah Thornby

2. Dolce Neve: One of the coziest spots on South First Street, this legit Italian gelato spot is tucked away in a cozy bungalow. The gelato sandwiches and affogatos are perfect after-dinner treats. I ritually get a couple scoops of gelato instead of dinner, actually. — Eric Webb

3. Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs: Casey’s, with two locations on South Congress Avenue and 51st Street, offers more than 60 flavors made in-house using only pure cane sugar. Tip: Base your chosen snowball flavor off what goes best with condensed milk or their homemade chocolate add-ons (coffee, boston cream pie, orange dreamsicle, tiger’s blood). — HT

4. Banarchy: Like an “Arrested Development” fan’s dream come true, the ladies of cult favorite Bananarchy dip frozen bananas in everything from peanut butter to chocolate to Oreos to graham crackers. Sweet and somewhat healthy — no wonder they bill themselves as “revolutionary desserts.” — EW

5. Snow Monster: They’re not snow cones. They’re not ice cream. They’re something fluffy, icy and altogether different. Get the taro or Thai tea flavors. — EW

6. Amy’s Ice Creams: Probably the first thing that comes to mind when someone says “Austin ice cream,” Amy’s has been the weird city’s go-to for premium frozen scoops and death-defying aerial cream slingin’ since 1984 – truly an institution. (Full disclosure: I dipped up Mexican vanilla as an assistant manager at Amy’s for four years.) — EW

7. Lick: Responsibly made, artisanal ice cream with flavors like Texas Sheet Cake and Lemon Lavender. If you can’t make it to their South Lamar store, snag a pint at a local grocer to enjoy at home. — EW

8. Sweet Ritual: If you’re gluten or dairy free, dessert is often not an option. With a well-outlined menu of what’s dairy, soy and gluten free, Sweet Ritual is the perfect place for those with dietary restrictions and should not to be overlooked by everyone else. Dare to get the “Rainbow Terror.” — HT

9. Sn0-Beach: This is just one man’s opinion, but these are the snowiest, tastiest cones in town. An essential post-Barton Springs treat. — EW

10. Sandy’s Hamburgers: Sandy’s is the only restaurant nominated for the list, likely because while their Thursday and Saturday burger specials are one of the best deals in Austin, nothing beats stopping for their frozen custard after making the long walk back from a Zilker festival or a day out on the lake. — HT

The rest of the list:

11. Sandy’s Hamburgers

12. Jim Jim’s Italian Water Ice

13. Kawaii’s Shaved Ice

14. South Austin Sno

15. Gelateria Gemelli

16. Hay Elotes

17. Austin Scoops

18. Bahama Freeze



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