You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream!
School’s out and it’s time to enjoy the summer. Of course, one of this family’s favorite ways to do that is with ice cream and popsicles. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites!
5Fx Ice Cream & Taiyaki – 1000 South Ponce De Leon Blvd.
A visit to 5Fx is incredibly unique and entertaining. Ice cream is made to order: customers select from a variety of milk bases (2%, skim, greek yogurt, coconut, among others) and from an extensive list of flavors, which are all natural and mostly organic. The milk and flavor of choice are blended and poured on to a freon-chilled metal plate, where the liquid is frozen and smoothed until it has solidified into a serving of ice cream. Customers can choose two mix-ins (or one fruit) and a topping.
In case you’re wondering, “taiyaki” is a Japanese waffle, formed in the shape of a fish. Get it with Nutella. Sharing is optional.
Kilwin’s – 6 St. George Street and 140 St. George Street
Kilwin’s is one of our favorites in Old St. Augustine. With two locations on St. George Street, it’s easy for visitors to be overwhelmed with the aroma of freshly baked waffle cones. Kilwin’s offers from a rather huge selection of ice creams, alongside their delicious candy and chocolate apples, and a large assortment of chocolates, caramels, and other confections.
After dinner and a long walk on the main thoroughfare, a salted caramel sundae or cone at Kilwin’s always hits the spot.
The Hyppo and Hyppo Cafe – 70 St. George Street, 48 Charlotte Street and 1765 Tree Blvd.
For the freshest in popsicles, look no farther than any of The Hyppo locations in St. Augustine.
Pops are all natural and made on site from fresh fruit and cane sugar, with unique flavors like Mexican Hot Chocolate, Blueberry Goat Cheese, and Datil Strawberry.
Our favorite is the Orange Cream, which reminds me of the creamsicle bars we used to get from the ice cream truck.
Cousteau’s Waffles & Milkshake Bar – 15 Hypolita Street
While the Belgian liege waffles are nothing short of divine, don’t overlook Cousteau’s unique, hand-dipped milkshakes.
The Electric Jellyfish with fresh blueberry compote and the Calypso, reminiscent of Key Lime Pie are among the flavors that will keep you cool this summer.
Cold Cow – 938 Santa Maria Blvd.
We have no pictures of our Cold Cow treats, simply because we devour them too quickly to snap photos. Cold Cow offers an extensive menu of traditional and original flavors, available in cones, cups, sundaes, or shakes. There are toppings galore, and if a hard-packed scoop isn’t your style, there is a variety of soft-serve choices, too. The shop is small and unassuming, but there are plenty of tables to enjoy dessert, and there is often a bounce house outside for the kids.
Christy’s Dream Ice Cream Bar – 41 PGA Blvd Tour, Ponte Vedra Beach
If you’re up for a little trip north over the county line, Christy’s Dream is a must-do. Enjoy creamy, homemade ice cream with creative flavor combinations and names. The menu board proclaims Slim Shady as “M&M of course” and Pooh Bear as “Vanilla with Honey.”
The 21-and-up crowd can also order things like Man Cave (hard root beer float) or Amaretto By Morning (Amaretto liqueur and chocolate chip).
Ice cream is served pretty simply, scoops with a pretzel stick garnish, a lovely blend of sweet and salty.
What’s your favorite frozen treat for summer?