A Cold Treat On A Hot Day.

Can you believe it’s already July?! The year has just gone by so fast – it’s hard to really believe that we’re already more than halfway through 2012.  Yet, here we are – in July.  Luckily the start of July brings some very exciting things – Independence Day, my anniversary and (most importantly?) National Ice Cream Month!  Yes, you read correctly – National Ice Cream Month.  If you’re anything like me, you have a major sweet tooth and will accept any rationalization to eat ice cream, so National Ice Cream Month is as good an excuse as any.

If anyone needs ice cream, its us Texans, where summer temperatures can hit a boiling 110 degrees in July.  So in honor of this wonderful month, I thought it my duty to share some of the best ice cream spots in Austin:

  • Amy’s Ice Cream – Amy’s Ice Cream is something of a legend in Austin.  In 1984, Amy’s opened its door on Guadalupe and has since grown to 15 shops in three Texas cities.  With a personality as big as the city in which it was born, Amy’s is known for always remaining true to its Austin roots, and it’s funky ice cream flavors and stand out employees regularly prove that.
  • Lick It, Bite It, Or Both – I can’t even begin to describe how much I love Lick It, Bite It, or Both. Opened in 2012, Lick It, Bite It, or Both brought two of my favorite desserts – ice cream and cupcakes – to one place. Seriously, there is literally no reason not to love this place.  My favorite thing on their menu – The Cupshake (think a cupcake blended into ice cream) YUM! And rumor has it that shop owners might even be on an upcoming episode of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars (I’ll keep my fingers crossed).
  • Coolhaus – Food trucks have become something of a sensation throughout the nation, especially in Austin.  Coolhaus fits nicely in this trend by bringing ice cream sandwiches to the food truck arena.  They like to describe their tasty treats as a “cool house” – an ice cream sandwich deconstructed into a cookie roof and floor slab with ice cream walls – and they really are cool.  The cookies are baked fresh daily, and paired with unusual ice cream flavors like olive oil & rosemary or white russian.  This is definitely a great place to go when you visit Austin – if you can find them, that is.

And with that, I say, let’s go eat some ice cream!

Amy's Ice Cream

Photo courtesy of Saving with Shellie.

Are there any Austin ice cream shops that you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments section.

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