3 Tulsa spots for sweet, cold treats
Beat the heat at these local favorites for ice cream and shaved ice.
Ink's Shaved Ice
Summer living calls for sweet treats. From a one-day-only chance for unlimited ice cream to trendy spots to visit all summer long, here are three places to beat the heat.
1. Taste of Summer
Combine more than 20 flavors of unlimited Blue Bell ice cream with a car show and a kids’ zone, and you get Taste of Summer’s recipe for fun. The festival started in 2002 as the Broken Arrow-based ice cream company’s way of thanking the community and is now a partnership with the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce.
“Every year someone challenges us on the all-you-can-eat part,” says April Sailsbury, senior vice president of the Broken Arrow Chamber. “It is so much fun to see people carrying around their used ice cream dishes, stacking them as high as they can, like a medal of honor.”
June 9 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
1500 S. Main St., Broken Arrow
$5; free, children under 2
2. Ink’s Shaved Ice
Ink’s Shaved Ice is an old-school mom-and-pop business with a trendy feel. From the time customers enter the vibrantly painted (and air-conditioned) shaved ice storefront, owner Glen Sykes wants them to feel excited and happy.
“It’s the passion we put into it that makes it special,” Sykes says. “We pay attention to every detail, including having big cup sizes.”
Customers can choose from more than 100 flavors, but Tiger’s Blood and Sunset Peach are some of the most popular. The shop recently added Dole’s Soft Serve, a fat-free, dairy-free and low-calorie treat in eight flavors.
318 W. Kenosha St., Broken Arrow
3. Rose Rock Microcreamery
Rose Rock Microcreamery produces dense, super-premium ice cream in 2.5-gallon batches at a time. And, of the 18 flavors of ice cream, four are always vegan.
“I look at dairy as a painter’s canvas,” says owner Jason Decker. “We can create colors and flavors.”
The shop’s namesake flavor is made with the state fruit, strawberry, and the state nut, pecans. A chocolate ribbon representing oil rounds out the Oklahoma tribute.
502 E. Third St.