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Posted: Monday, July 23, 2018 2:14 pm

Let’s face it: Summer is hot in our area. Both the temperatures and humidity are high, but, there is one tried and true method of beating the heat—spoon deep in a frozen treat.

Whether it is with an ice cream, gelato, sorbet, frozen yogurt, an ice pop, slushie or a smoothie, frozen beverages and desserts are an easy and tasty way to keep cool throughout the hot summer months. They’re the perfect goody for those of all ages.

If you’re looking to cool down, head into one of these local establishments for a tasty treat (hold the brain freeze).

Washington, D.C.

Thomas Sweet

3214 P St., NW

Washington, D.C.

Since 1979, Thomas Sweet has been scooping out smiles and house-made ice creams. The DC-favorite carries classic flavors like coconut or chocolate, and also whips up ice cream treats like banana splits.

Captain Cookie and the Milkman

2000 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, D.C.

Freshly baked cookies surround locally made ice creams, but feel free to go crazy and change up the flavors of your cookies for the ultimate flavor explosion.

Dolci Gelati Café

1420 8th St., NW

Washington, D.C.

The ever-changing menu of gelatos and sorbets has inspired flavors made with local ingredients, but stay true to Old Italian recipes.

Dolci Gelati Café

Capitol City Creamery

3023 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE

Washington, D.C.

Cool off with an enticing selection of ice creams, frozen custards and Italian ice.

Pleasant Pops

1781 Florida Ave., NW

Washington, D.C.

731 15th St., NW

Washington, D.C.

Put down the rocket pop and instead suck on this. All Pleasant Pops are made with fresh and local ingredients, and change by the month.

Goodie’s Frozen Custard and Treats Food Truck

Washington, D.C.

This mobile dessert distributor is DC’s first and only truck serving up gourmet frozen custard. Themed around 1950s’ nostalgia—even the look of the truck—you’ll be transported back in time with these classic treats and blaring tunes.

Icycode Ice Cream Rolls

2029 P St., NW

Washington, D.C.

Authentic Thai ice cream has come to Washington DC. Flavors are decadent and the toppings are extravagant. (Toasted marshmallows?!)

Mr. Yogato

1515 17th St., NW

Washington, D.C.

Although it may look a bit boring, one bite of this healthy frozen yogurt and you’ll be hooked. The shop boasts over 50 fresh fruit and dry toppings. Plus, employees play trivia games with the customers!

Ice Cream Jubilee

301 Water St., SE

Washington, D.C.

If you want mind-blowing flavors that go beyond chocolate and vanilla, try the selection at Ice Cream Jubilee. From combining cookie dough and cookies into one flavor, or naming a flavor after a former DC mayor, Ice Cream Jubilee does not lack creativity.

Ice Cream Jubilee

The Orange Cow Food Truck

Washington, D.C.

This roaming ice cream shop has cookie sandwiches, ice creams by the scoop, sundaes, frozen bananas and much, much more.

Little Baby’s Union Market Pop-Up

1309 5th St. NE

Washington, D.C.

This Philadelphia-based ice cream shop recently made its way into the District and is known for its small-batch, hand-made ice creams. Flavors include crazy combinations like balsamic banana, birch beer vanilla bean, coffee toffee, and even savory combinations like ranch, pizza, everything bagel and cucumber dill. 


The Creamery

110 King St.

Alexandria, VA

Whether it is in a bowl or in a cone, you can’t go wrong with this luscious homemade ice cream. Their list of rotating flavors includes cinnamon, mango, raspberry sorbet, lemon custard, black raspberry cheesecake and more.

Toby’s Homemade Ice Cream

5849 Washington Blvd. Suite A

Arlington, VA

At Toby’s, the menu is always changing based on the seasons, but flavors have included s’mores, banana, butter pecan, mango sorbet, green tea, chocolate brownie and more.

Nathan’s Dairy Bar

8948 Mathis Ave.

Manassas, VA

Walk up to the counter and order one of their many flavors of soft serve ice cream or sorbet. Enjoy your treat at one of their shaded picnic tables.

Nathan's Dairy Bar

Sugar Mama’s Ice Cream

305 Mill St.

Occoquan, VA

At Sugar Mama’s, they know how to be real. The ice cream shop touts products made with real cream, sugar and other ingredients to get silky-smooth, tasty treats.

La Neveria Michoacana

14420 Jefferson Davis Hwy

Woodbridge, VA

Craving something a bit different? This ice cream shop specializes in Mexican-style ice creams and other Mexican delicacies.  If ice cream isn’t your thing, try the chili-dusted mango, or Mexican-style street corn, elote!

Little City Creamery

114 W Broad St.

Falls Church, VA

Step into the shop, and you’ll be transported back to an era of techni-color cartoon shows, action figures and other nostalgia. The secret to their ice creams are “pampered cows,” who roam free and graze.

Scoop of the Hill

311 Sunset Park Dr.

Herndon, VA

Put on your blinders and try to ignore the crepes and macrons, as you delve into their gelato. Flavors include mint chocolate, hazelnut, caramel-mocha-cappuccino, dark chocolate and pistachio.

Scoop of the Hill

Fruity Yogurt

7953 Tysons Corner Center

McLean, VA

Pull your own levers, fill up your own bowls and top them off with fresh fruit, sprinkles and other tasty toppings.

Molly’s Yogurt

521 Maple Ave. W

Vienna, VA

Named after their daughter and Vienna community members themselves, Molly’s Yogurt specializes in Italian gelato and sorbet.  


York Castle Tropical Ice Cream

827 Hungerford Dr.

Rockville, MD

By the pint or by the cone, this shack has island-inspired flavors like orange-pineapple, lychee, ginger, guava and more.


1701 Rockville Pike, Suite B9

Rockville, MD

Straight from California, and inspired by the flavors and desserts of Taiwan, SnowBots specializes in a concoction that’s a blend of shaved ice and ice cream.

Class 520

4941 Elm St.

Bethesda, MD

New ice cream joint on the block, Class 520, specializes in Thai-inspired rolled ice cream. All ice creams are made with no preservatives or stabilizers.

Moorenko’s Ice Cream

8030 Georoge Ave., Suite B

Silver Spring, MD

Creamy, dreamy and loaded with flavors, this shop specializes in small-batch ice creams like cinnamon-cappuccino, strawberries and cream, cookie overload and honey lavender.

Moorenko’s Ice Cream

Henry’s Sweet Retreat

4823 St. Elmo Ave.

Bethesda, MD

One part candy store, one part dessert bar, but completely awesome, Hen’s Sweet Retreat has over a dozen ice cream flavors, in addition to shakes, malts, sundaes and cookie sandwiches.

Simple Pleasures Ice Café

8519 Chestnut Ave.

Bowie, MD

The in-house made ice cream has a secret ingredient—milk from hormone-free, pasture-raised cows. Order in a waffle cone, sugar cone, waffle bowl, in a shake or paired with banana slices, the options are both endless and tasty.

Earth Fruits Yogurt

12530 Fairwood Parkway, Ste. 100

Bowie, MD

Customize your own creation at this self-serve yogurt bar. With a huge selection of both frozen yogurts and toppings, you’ll be able to create something just for you.

Edesia’s Ice Cream

15306 Annapolis Rd.

Bowie, MD

These small-batch ice creams are made in Annapolis and the flavors get a bit creative—roasted blueberry and goat cheese, chocolate and Guinness, snickerdoodle or mascarpone and beet.

Edesia’s Ice Cream


4732 Cherry Hill Rd.

College Park, MD

This frozen yogurt shop goes beyond typical FroYo flavors and offers tropical selections like taro and guava. Bonus, they have several varieties of bubble tea on the menu!

Hershey’s Ice Cream

8865 Greenbelt Rd.

Greenbelt, MD

Chocolate, strawberry, vanilla…oh my! Hershey’s has been making ice cream for over 100 years, and their secret is using a bit less air, which creates a richer texture.