5 Haute Spots for Frozen Sweet Treats in Boston

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With the dog days of a long hot summer now upon us and National Ice Cream Day fast approaching on July 17, there is only one way to cool it down and that’s with an ice cold sweet treat. Here’s a look at five of the best spots in Boston for a tasty frozen delight.

 

1 JP Licks

When it comes to frozen yogurt, we get our fix at JP Licks. The silky smooth soft serve flavors include everything from red raspberry and blood orange to cinnamon latte and wild blueberry. Popular ice cream flavors here include cappuccino crunch, mint cookies and cream, coconut almond chip and cow trax (vanilla ice cream swirled with hot fudge and mini peanut butter cups and chocolate chips) that you can include in a build-your-own sundae.
1106 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02115

2 Amorino

Cones of gelato swirled into flower shapes, thick creamy frappes, icy granita and sorbet drinks are just some of the frozen finds you will discover at Amorino on Newbury Street. This Back Bay location serves up some of the most indulgent desserts, including a waffle gelato sundae topped with chocolate, caramel, strawberry or apricot jam dusted with confectioner’s sugar and freshly made Chantilly cream.
249 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02116

3 Toscanini’s

Sure, you can order up a traditional scoop of French vanilla, but why try that when you have your pick among decadent flavors like Belgian chocolate, green tea, ginger snap molasses and peanut butter cookies and cream? Toscanini’s has been a favorite of Bostonians since it opened across the bridge in 1986. The gourmet ice cream shop makes their own ice cream daily with a rotating list of up to 32 different flavors that can be topped off with hot fudge, chocolate Jimmies or a turtle top.
899 Main Street Cambridge, MA 02139

4 Picco

Summer isn’t officially summer until you give into that sweet tooth craving of a hot fudge sundae. Picco does it best in the South End with creamy homemade flavors like caramel swirl, coconut chip and passionfruit topped with toasted nuts, Scharffen Berger hot fudge and whipped cream. Keep an eye out for their seasonal specialty desserts like strawberry shortcake served on cornbread topped with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.
513 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116

5 Emack & Bolio’s

What started out in the 70s as a haute spot for musicians to hang out in after their gigs has turned into local favorite ice cream brand. Founded by a music lawyer, who has worked with everyone from Aerosmith and Boston to U2 and James Brown, Emack & Bolio’s still stays true to its hippie roots with its dye-free natural ice cream selections that are made with hormone-free milk and can be topped with all things traditional and some not-so-usual finds like cereal. From fruit smoothies made with rotating flavors like lemon sorbet to scoops of creamy bananas foster, “Deep Purple” black raspberry chip and salted caramel chocolate pretzel ice cream, it’s no wonder Emack & Bolio’s remains a favorite of many Bostonians.
290 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02215
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