When the “feels like” temp hits the mid-90s, lemonade, a swimming pool and ice cream are on the agenda. July is also National Ice Cream month—as if we needed to make it official. Here are some new places and tastes to try:
Proper Ice Cream
West of I-95, Delray Beach is gaining good restaurants, shops and now this one. While top-notch West Palm Beach restaurants Grato, Buccan and Imoto (Chef Clay Conley’s bunch), and Jupiter’s new 1000 North already serve this ice cream, you can slurp on flavors such as carmelized fig & pistachio, coffee & donuts, Key lime graham, strawberry toasted pistachio, olive oil rosemary, cornbread & apple tartin and more. Owner Rick Felberbaum still practices law, but now his passion is this store. 1445 N. Congress Ave., Delray Beach; 561/359-3420; propericecream.com
If you haven’t tried this form of ice cream—Thai rolled ice cream—put it on your summer list. With choices like Hazelnut Dream (vanilla ice cream, hazelnut spread, wafers), Fresa (vanilla ice cream, strawberries, graham cracker), this process of scraping and then rolling the ice cream proves deliciousness comes in all forms. Grandview Public Market, 1401 Clare Ave., West Palm Beach; cremarolls.com
On Tuesdays during the summer, till Aug. 7, take your $2 (not a typo!) and head to Hoffman’s for a scoop of ice cream at this great price. Each store will have different flavor varieties, but all will have chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and mint chip. All locations, hoffmans.com
This shop that makes everything folded into the ice cream (marshmallows, cookie dough, peanut butter cups), as well as the ice cream (pictured above), has pushed out passionfruit with jackfruit jam, banana cardamom with salted caramel pecans, and white chocolate cherry with chiffonade of mint as new summer flavors. Oh, my. 9457 Harding Ave., Surfside; 305/865-1506; serendipitycreamery.com
Another newbie to Palm Beach County, this ice cream sandwich shop in Mission Bay boasts 18 ice cream flavors nestled between patrons’ choice of fresh cookies and topped with sweets like M&Ms, Oreo crunch, s’mores, Snickers, Butterfingers, Fruity Pebbles and more. Mix it up by trying the ice cream taco. To celebrate National Ice Cream Month, on July 15 and 16, guests who purchase an ice cream cone will get a second ice cream cone free.
20401 SR 7, Ste. G-12, Boca Raton; 561-910-1565; creamnation.com
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls.