Finding the desire to leave your air-conditioned home in the 100-degree South Texas heat can be a daunting task, but these ice cream shops specialize in satisfying your sweet tooth on those sweat inducing days. Fulfill your lactose destiny and beat the heat at the best ice cream shops in McAllen.
ROLLING WITH CREAM – 10 N. Broadway (McAllen Food Park)
This rolling truck of deliciousness opened up shop during the slowest month of the year for ice creams sales, January, but that didn’t stop frozen-treat lovers from flocking to the standout mobile ice cream shop. Rolling With Cream features made-to-order Thai rolled ice cream, and locals continue to line up for the first-of-its kind dessert in the RGV. Using a cold plate chilled to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, a special blend of cream, sugar and flavors is hand mixed on the spot, creating a seriously delicious silky-smooth ice cream. I’m a sucker for anything peanut butter, so I opted for the Butter Me Up which has vanilla, peanut butter, pecans, topped with whipped cream, chocolate syrup and more pecans. For those with an adventurous spirit, Rolling With Cream offers patrons the chance to create custom rolls with a wide selection of flavors and toppings.
Pro Tip: Get there early or risk waiting in line.
LA CATRINA ARTESANAL – 4901 W. Exp 83, Ste 155
If you prefer to eat your favorite Mexican desserts in ice cream form, look no further than La Catrina Artesenal. Traditional Mexican flavors infiltrate the selection of frozen goodies at this outside-the-box cultural creamery. The frozen confections at La Catrina are all made in house, where its loyal patrons embrace the Mexican heritage with offerings like cajeta con glorias, gansito, pastel tres leches and tequila, to name a few. If you have a tough time choosing which frozen dessert you want, this place will definitely provoke any ice cream related uncertainty you have. Its mouthwatering selection of paletas includes south-of-the-border standouts like mazapan, arroz con leche and, of course, everything chamoy. This place is a gift from the ice cream gods with its over-the-top tastes, and its addictive flavor combinations will remind you of your days as a child, when you were loved.
Inside Info: Stop in on Tuesdays and Thursdays where fresh made churros are two for the price one, and opt for the filled variety.
ICE CREAM & BANANAS – TBD
Satisfy your ice cream cravings at the local farmer’s market with Ice Cream & Bananas. The local-owned, pop-up ice cream shop has been churning out handcrafted frozen desserts for less than a year, and loyal fans flock to the market weekly for its decadent, artisanal ice cream and sorbet made with organic and all-natural ingredients. Ice Cream & Bananas knows a thing or two about frozen treats, with an experimental roster of combinations like bananas foster, chocolate macadamia, strawberry balsamic and Rio basil lemon sorbet. I opted for the What’s Up Doc, which features made-from-scratch carrot cake mixed into sweet cream flavored ice cream, and the off-beat bite is exactly what I needed to satisfy my frozen food fix. Everything is made in small batches, including vegan varieties, so arrive early before your favorite creative combination runs out!
Pro-Tip: Follow Ice Cream & Bananas on Facebook to know where the next pop-up is!