Now that summer is coming to an end, I decided to recollect some of the best frozen desserts that I’ve had in the past three months and share them with you guys. I am known among many of my friends and family members as an ice cream fanatic and I cannot live a day-especially in summer-without an ice cream, gelato, shaved ice, or any of that sort of sweet stuff (I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that half of the water that makes up my body is sugar water 😝). Upon much contemplation, I’ve chosen my personal Top 5 Frozen Desserts that I’ve consumed this summer:
1. Unicorn Shaved Ice from Café Ollèh
This shaved ice was so delicious and there is a reason why I’ve put this one as the first on my list. To be honest, I was quite disappointed in the beginning because I didn’t see any red bean on it besides in the mochi rice cakes (I love red bean) and because it was topped with Fruity Pebbles, which I am not a huge fan of. However, I knew I had to give this one a chance because it was covered in taro powder and what can possibly go so wrong when taro is involved?! For those of you who are not familiar with what taro is, it is a plant that originated from the tropical regions of South Asia and South India, and is often compared to a sweet potato because they’re both sweet, starchy, and can be eaten the same ways.
The taro powder really enhanced the overall flavor of this treat and it blended in so well with the fruity pebbles as well as the vanilla ice cream on top. The fruity taste of Fruity Pebbles and the strawberries nicely balanced out the savory taste of the red bean mochi and the taro powder. Another thing that I really appreciated about this shaved ice was that the ice was made out of milk rather than water. Hence, even when the ice all melted, the flavor did not become too bland but maintained its sweetness.
2. Mixed Grain Shaved Ice from Coffee Factory
The powder was pretty thick so it made my mouth very dry, but the creamy vanilla ice cream and the flaky shaved milk ice made it better. I also think that the addition of the mochi rice cakes was a nice move because it provided that satisfying chewy texture, yet it did not alter the overall flavor of the shaved ice. Whenever there’s mixed grain powder on a shaved ice, you never want to put too many toppings because that can really prevent a person from tasting the pure misutgaru flavor.
3. Strawberry and Pistachio Gelato from Tazza
This one, I had when I went on a trip to Atlantic City, NJ with my boyfriend on Independence Day. The café that sells this is located right in the middle of Caesar’s Hotel, where many people pass by to go from their rooms to the casinos and vice versa.
After dining at a deluxe Asian restaurant nearby, my boyfriend and I were on our quest to find a nice dessert spot and this place immediately caught our attention because of the long line of people extending all the way from the front of the cash register to the outside of the café.
As soon as I had my first bite of the gelato, I immediately knew why the store was so popular. I usually don’t get strawberry, vanilla, or chocolate flavored ice cream/gelato because I feel like they’re too classic (I like eccentric flavors like S’mores, birthday cake, black sesame, and oatmeal cookie) but I decided to order strawberry here after a heavy, greasy meal, and I did not regret my decision at all. Without any exaggeration, I say that this strawberry gelato was by far the best strawberry flavored dessert that I’ve had throughout my entire life!
The texture of the gelato was so smooth and creamy, and I especially liked how they added strawberry jam to the gelato because it really hit the spot for me as I was craving something fresh and sweet simultaneously. I think that this flavor would be liked even by people who prefer sweet desserts over fruity desserts because the jam definitely enhances the sweetness.
The pistachio, although less satisfying than the strawberry, was nevertheless very good. Personally, I think that I would’ve liked it more if they added actual pistachio nuts to it for some crunchy texture.
4. Mango Gelato from Bean Square
If you ask me what my favorite fruit is, I’d probably answer “mango”. I first tried mango when I was 9 years old, thanks to my cousin who went to Dominican Republic and brought back a bag of mangos with her.
The taste of it was nothing like the other fruits that I’ve had before, growing up in the United States. It tasted like a blend of oranges and peaches and its texture was super silky like the core of a cantaloupe or a well ripened avocado. I still have yet to find a mango that tastes exactly like this in supermarkets.
But this gelato that I had at Bean Square somewhat reminded me of that very first mango that I ate. The other mango gelatos that I’ve tried previously tasted too artificial, but the mango taste of this gelato was super fresh and natural. I’d say, however, that this one felt more like eating a sorbet than a gelato because the texture lacked the creamy aspect of a gelato. This would be a perfect dessert for someone who’s looking for a light, fresh bite after a meal!
4. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream from Carvel
I put this one up on the list because mint chocolate chip is just one of my favorite ice cream flavors. I was never able to agree with people who say that they hate mint chocolate chip because it tastes like toothpaste. For me, those two possess different taste of mint: the mint flavor of toothpaste is more strong and pronounced whereas the mint flavor of ice creams is more subtle and candied.
On summer days, I go out twice a day-morning and night-to grab some sort of a cold dessert and I don’t think there has been a day in June until now when I haven’t gone to Carvel or Baskin Robbins to buy a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream. But I especially love the one from Carvel because the mint tastes more natural and the consistency is more creamy.
There are still two more weeks left until August and I still have many more desserts to try out! What are some of your recommended spots for frozen desserts, and which ice cream flavors are your favorites? Share in the comments below! 🤗
Locations Mentioned In The Post:
1. Café Ollèh
156-19 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY
2. Coffee Factory
40-18 150th St, Flushing, NY
2100 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, NJ
4. Bean Square
210-21 Northern Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361
See more of the sugar desserts that I’ve had this summer on my Instagram!