Aside from these free splash pads, there’s no better way to cool off this summer than with the delicious taste of ice cream. Or, make that a popsicle. No, wait, a banana split! Whatever you’re craving at the moment, you and the kids can find it at one of these favorite ice cream spots in and around Fort Worth (or Dallas)—each of them known for their wild and crazy flavors, amazing add-ons, or outside-the-pint thinking.
Ice Cream Shops in Fort Worth
Melt Ice Creams
For melt-in-your-mouth scoops, Melt serves up everyday favorites like the dark chocolate and peanut butter explosion (both dairy-free and vegan!) and many more flavors on a rotating menu. Spice up your Taco Tuesdays with Melt’s two scoops nestled inside a taco-shaped waffle cone. (Note that the cones have dairy, though.)
Fort Worth Magnolia, 817/886-8365
Fort Worth Sundance Square, 817/900-9355
Morgan’s Ice Cream
Morgan girl, you’ve got great taste. Stop into one of her two scoop shops for mouth-watering offerings like Wookies Cookies (cinnamon sweet cream with chocolate shavings and crumbled oatmeal cookies). Both their regular and rotating flavors include vegan and gluten-free options (we see you, Creamsicle Dreams). They drop four new flavors on the first day of each month. Get those scoops in a cone or in an ice cream sandwich with made-from-scratch cookies. They’ve also got an ice cream truck and push cart you can book for parties.
Fort Worth; 817/615-9999
The pros at Creamistry use liquid nitrogen to rapidly freeze liquid into ice cream right in front of you. To get this science experiment going, choose your base (dairy, nut or fruit for sorbets), your flavor (there’s no skipping the matcha green tea) and toppings, and watch as the fog cloud billows from the mixing bowl to reveal your dessert. Ice cream cakes, sandwiches, pints and NitroShakes are also available.
Fort Worth; 817/782-9670
Las Colinas; 972/629-9474
Dallas, Lower Greenville; 972/685-6512
Dallas, Uptown; 972/803-4052
Cow Tipping Creamery
Clients love Cow Tipping Creamery as much for its elevated soft serve as for its amazing toppings piled sky high.Ask for the Stacker of the Week to discover new signature treats, like The Warhol with roasted banana pudding cake crumbles and Nilla Wafer dust. You’ll also be hard-pressed to find their cookie butter hard shell dipped cone anywhere else.
Fort Worth; 817/894-8422
The only way to improve upon Joy Macarons’ soft and chewy French cookie (as if perfect needs improvement) is by adding ice cream. Cue their ice cream sandwiches and waffle cones scoops. Stop by one of three locations to experience the ever-changing flavors. The Cereal Milk sandwich, made with Fruity Pebbles and a white chocolate shell, is always a hit with the kids.
Fort Worth; 682/707-3604
Dallas, Oak Cliff; 214/434-1922
Dallas, Lower Greenville, 469/372-0415
Paciugo Gelato & Caffè
Paciugo (pronounced “pah-CHOO-go”), owned by Jeff and Courtney Sinelli, excels in its authentic Italian gelato and at its newer, more imaginative creations like the sprinkles-covered “Paciunicorn” cones. Their summer menu includes the refreshing cantaloupe sorbet, and you’ll have to see their “gelato spaghetti and meatballs” to believe it.
Steel City Pops
Treat yourself to Steel City Pops’ gourmet popsicles (like the tangy buttermilk and savory carrot cake), each dipped, drizzled or dusted according to your specifications. Their pops are made with simple ingredients like fruit juice, cream, water and organic cane sugar and no artificial colors, flavors or dyes. Can’t visit the shop in-person? You can order the frozen pops online to be shipped to your home.
Fort Worth; steelcitypops.com
Andy’s Frozen Custard
Is old-fashioned custard making a comeback? It certainly feels like it at Andy’s, a business in operation for 35 years and now with more than 15 locations in Dallas-Fort Worth alone. The frozen custard is always made fresh every hour, and if you like, topped with seasonal fruits, freshly roasted pecans, and baked goodies like brownies (available year-round), pumpkin pie, shortcake and cookies that are baked fresh at the store.
Multiple locations; eatandys.com
Beth Marie’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountain
At its original location on the Denton Square, Beth Marie’s churns ice cream from a machine designed in 1927. Climb onto a stool at the antique wooden bar and choose from well over 100 flavors of ice cream, plus sundaes, banana splits, shakes and malts, ice cream sodas—and really old-fashioned options like egg creams and phosphate sodas. Two additional locations offer much the same menu.
Denton Square; 940/384-1818
Denton, Unicorn Lake; 940/591-1010
Farm Luck Soda Fountain & Dry Goods
Say howdy to Farm Luck (or “The Farmacy,” as the owners originally wanted to call it). This treasure is housed in the late 1800s-era Waxahachie Bank & Trust building, with the bank’s safe door on view. Order up a banana split or banana pudding, brownie fudge sundae, ice cream soda or, for small appetites, the World’s Smallest Sundae. Not craving sweets? The menu also features more hearty foods like sandwiches, wraps, soups and salads.
Snow Cones Stands
Nod your head to ‘90s hip hop at HipPop (get it?) on Main Street in Historic Downtown Grapevine. Choose from slushies, popsicles (fruit and milk-based), or shave ice served in those brightly colored flower cups that you remember from your last Hawaiian vacay and with condensed cream or coconut cream poured over. Their must-try popsicles? Cap’n Crunch Cereal pops and toasted marshmallow. Wow.
We’re adding to this list as a discover new yummy ice cream shops. Love one that’s not on our listed here? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top photo courtesy of Morgan’s Ice Cream