Come summer, nothing satisfies more than a cold, sweet treat. Tulsa has plenty of options for the frozen concoctions. Here are five worth a try for cooling down the seasonal heat.
Gelato, Italian ice and soft serve are a few of Puopolo’s Italian Ice and Creamery’s specialties. Try the Poco Pie ($5.95) with two scoops of any of the dozen gelato flavors served in a crust with whipped cream and a cherry. And if you can’t decide between soft serve and Italian ice, go for the strati, a treat served layered or blended for the best of both worlds. 8931 S. Yale Ave., Suite P; 918-551-7668; puopoloscreamery.com
Sweets and Cream lets you mix and match soft and chewy homemade cookies and ice cream into a custom sandwich ($2.99). The dozen cookie flavors at this Mother Road shop include snickerdoodle, red velvet and chocolate, and pair with any of the dozen ice cream flavors. Or go classic ($1.99) with vanilla ice cream between two chocolate chip cookies. 1114 S. Yale Ave., 918-633-3182; sweetsandcream.com
Whimsy and color greet guests to Sugar Booger, a shaved ice shop on Jenks’ Main Street. A huge variety of flavors, toppings and sizes fill the menu, all themed with a snot- or booger-inspired name. Try the Unicorn Snot ($10.95), a heaping helping of shaved ice with cake batter, blue raspberry and tigers blood syrups, dotted with rainbow sour gummies, whipped cream, Nerds and a swizzle lollipop. 116 E. Main St., Jenks; pickyoursugarbooger.com
Open year-round, Ink’s Shaved Ice in Broken Arrow is known for its shaved ice, but has recently added a fan favorite to its menu: Dole Whip, also known as pineapple whip. Available in three flavors — strawberry, vanilla and pineapple (and twist) — this is the frozen treat popular on midways at local fairs. 318 W. Kenosha St., Broken Arrow; 918-510-7211; facebook.com/inksshavedice
Hand-crafted two and a half gallons at a time, Rose Rock’s Microcreamery’s ice cream flavors are often unique. This Boxyard spot boasts fresh Oklahoma ingredients like Stillwell strawberries and Porter peaches. Staples on the menu include Rose Rock with strawberry and candied pecans, and non-dairy options like vegan chocolate. 502 E. Third St., 918-396-8001; roserockmicrocreamery.com