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Food and drink that has us seeing gold
Ok, technically we're still a whole month away from summer, but let's be honest, it already feels like it's here.
Either way, we've got a long way to go until that summer heat dies down, so you have plenty of time to check out these five dessert spots in Dallas to cool yourself off!
Tucked away behind a sketchy Mexican restaurant, Ruby's Sno-Balls is a wonderful hidden gem in East Dallas; perfect for cooling off in the summer heat. They have some of your usual shaved ice flavors, in all their fake, sugary glory, but the real stars are their homemade all-natural syrups. Think Earl Grey tea, grapefruit, orchid vanilla cream, taro, and many others. Most, if not all, of these are made in-house.
Pro-tip: mix and match to find the best combination of flavors! Earl Grey + grapefruit is my favorite.
Who doesn't like a nice frozen cup (or cone!) of gelato on a hot summer day? Botolino is owned by an Italian immigrant, so this guy knows what he's doing. I personally witnessed them making a batch of gelato with real mint leaves, so you know everything they make must be fresh. They have some great, unique flavors like mascarpone fig, giadnuia (think Nutella, but way more natural tasting), and white coffee (which I hear is amazing, but I'm not a coffee person). They even have some non-diary sorbettos.
A unique take on the usual shaved ice, this tasty treat will surely keep you cool. While normal shaved ice is shaved, then syrup added, a snowbaby is actually a frozen block of already flavored ice that's shaved to order (and also an adorable name for a dessert). Your choice of flavor is then topped with sweetened condensed milk and your choice of toppings. The result is an extremely fluffy snow-like dessert that hasn't already melted halfway before you even take a bite.
The ever-expanding bubble tea trend has made its way to 75 and Park Ln. Royal I.T. Cafe, who's name I'm honestly still a little confused by, seems to be trying all of the new food trends out. They have bubble waffles, poké, and rolled ice cream, as well as a smattering of other Asian staples. As far as cold, refreshing treats goes, the bubble tea here will certainly do the trick. The tea isn't too sweet and the boba has just the right amount of chew.
Last but certainly not least, we have ice cream sandwiches from Cool Haus. If you haven't heard of these guys yet, probably get out from that rock you've been living under. They have a food truck, which seems to almost always be parked at Klyde Warren Park, but also a booth in The Shed at the Dallas Farmers' Market. Now, the making of an ice cream sandwich sounds easy, right? Ice cream between two cookies. Well, it gets harder when you have to choose between about a half dozen cookie options and even more ice cream options. But, whatever combination you choose, it'll definitely help you beat that Texas heat!
Pro-tip: The paper holder they give you is edible rice paper!
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