I asked my kids, “What comes to mind when you think of summer?” They quickly rattled off a huge list of things. Bike riding, swimming, bubbles, chalk drawings, going up north, bonfires and ice cream.
Summer doesn’t feel like summer unless you go get ice cream from a shop. Or you make a cone or sundae at home. It’s such a fun treat to enjoy with your loved ones, and it creates the best memories.
We set out on a mission to try and find our favorite spots. We looked for ice cream shops and grocery stores with ice cream sensitive to people with allergies.
I fall into that category and over the last five years, it has been a struggle for me to grab ice cream with my family due to not being able to have dairy. Many times I have just had to sit and watch them consume the yummy goodness. So here is what we found!
Our first stop was Cherry Berry, one of my kids’ favorites. I think they love it because they can pick pretty much anything and put it on top. It’s frozen yogurt, and they also have options for gluten free and dairy sensitive peeps. This place is a little pricey at times, so be prepared for this trip when your children are loading up on the sugary toppings. The ice cream is weighed and you’re charged according to the weight.
Next Stop, The Waffle Bar. Super yummy and lots of crazy and unique options. Definitely a place to stop with the family or a date night. My kiddos chose the s’mores waffle cone and also the cookies and cream. I didn’t think they could finish them, but those crazies took the cones down like champs. They also have options for just plain ice cream in a dish or you can do sorbet as well.
My head was saying why did you pick this topic, but my belly was like who cares this is so fun! We hit up Sebastian Joe’s after a trip to The Wild Rumpus our favorite books store. This was our favorite spot for many reasons. They had the cutest shop and they had so many yummy options to choose from. I had the the dairy free strawberry ice cream and a scoop of dairy free chocolate. They make their dairy free ice cream with coconut milk so YAY for me. Something other than sorbet. Our kids all tried something different and each of them finished their dish of ice cream sitting on the beautiful patio… and then proceeded to lick the bowl.
Last stop TARGET. I know ice cream shops can be expensive and we need other options. We looked for ice cream, including dairy-free options, that were on sale and then grabbed all the toppings we could find at home to load on top of the ice cream. Colorful and so fun!
Enjoying ice cream as a family in the summer creates such fun memories! After ice cream, burn the sugar off at a local park for some extra fun!
I scream, you scream! We all scream for ICE CREAM!