Ice cream is one of those foods, like pizza, that always seem to “hit the spot.” That perfect mixture of sugar, cream and milk produces a soothing reaction. On a hot summer day (of which there are plenty in South Florida), a cold cone in your favorite flavor is the perfect treat. South Florida is filled with businesses that make fresh ice cream that tastes like it was taken straight from the fruit—or in some cases, the vegetable or rose petal—itself. These small businesses’ offer up the hottest cool treats in town, and they’re all locally owned.

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Azucar Ice Cream Company
1503 S.W. 8th St.
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 381-0369
www.azucaricecream.com

There can’t be a mention of ice creameries in South Florida without including a business that specializes in tropical flavors. Azucar Ice Cream Company is in the heart of Little Havana and offers up “signature Miami flavors” such as Cafe con Leche (Cuban coffee & Oreo’s), sweet plantain, Cuban vanilla, rum cake with walnuts and even avocado ice cream. Seasonal flavors this summer include the mamacita (orange blossom-almond) and the Over the Border (margarita sorbet). And don’t forget to indulge in classics like rum raisin or sorbets like lemon-basil. There are over 30 toppings to choose from and ice cream can be plopped in a cup or scooped into a handmade waffle cone, chocolate-dipped waffle cone or sugar cone.

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Walls Old Fashioned Ice Cream
8075 S.W. 67th Ave.
Miami, FL 33143
(305) 740-9830
www.wallsicecreamfl.com

Don’t pass up Walls Old Fashioned Ice Cream while driving on US 1—it’s right off of 67th Avenue, in between the landmarks of Dadeland Mall and the Shoppes at Sunset Place. The best option is to pull over and have ice cream at sunset and avoid the busy rush hour traffic that plagues US1 at that hour. Walls has it all in terms of flavors—banana walnut, peppermint stick (seasonal flavor), Dulce de leche (caramel) and Cuban Vanilla Ice Cream (Mantecado). With the family? Be sure to share a banana split or cookies monster sundae—it’s a giant chocolate chip cookie topped with two flavors of ice cream, a topping, whipped cream and cherries. Or order a good old fashioned strawberry soda.

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Whip ‘N Dip Ice Cream
1407 Sunset Drive
Miami, FL 33143
(305) 665-2565
www.whipndipicecream.com

Check out Whip ‘N Dip Ice Cream’s promotional video of the ice cream making process and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that the ice cream here is only 18 calories an ounce! There’s no fat, no cholesterol and no added sugar in these tasty treats, so the ice cream here is perfect for the Miami beachgoer. The light and fluffy ice cream is delicious and new flavors are made every Monday. Some notables include Nutella, snow capped Andes chocolate, salted caramel and toasted coconut.

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Yo Mama’s Ice Cream
901 Sunrise Lane
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 567-6002
www.yomamasicecream.com

Yo Mama’s ice cream is made right on the premises daily and claims to scoop up the “Best Ice Cream on Fort Lauderdale Beach” (that claim must be determined by you, the customer). Some notable, mouth-watering descriptions of menu selections include strawberry Ice cream made with strawberry chunks and strawberry sauce, coconut ice cream mixed and layered with white chocolate chips, and the crowd favorite: Buttered rum ice cream mixed with pecans and white chocolate chips.

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Alice’s Ice Cream Emporium
3000 E. Commercial Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308
(954) 772-2114
www.alicesicecreamemporium.com

Craving a different kind of cold treat? Why not grab a refreshing gelato? Alice’s Ice Cream Emporium serves up fresh gelato that’s made daily on site, with classic flavors like chocolate and vanilla and not-so-classic- flavors like chili chocolate, avocado and olive oil. Customers can also buy pre-packaged gelato to take home with them. If you’re looking for lunch before dessert, Alice’s also serves paninis, salads and espresso.

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Eric L Labrador is a freelance writer covering all things Miami. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
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