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Best Frozen Treats

Best Frozen Treats

With inventive selections, fruity flavors, and old-school favorites, we’ve journeyed outside the freezer and found the 918’s best gelatos, malts, shakes, cones, shaved ice, pints and sundaes. And our list is anything but vanilla.

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Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon
Published
June 29, 2017 3:18 AM

In the heat of an Oklahoman summer, there is nothing better than a frozen, sweet dessert to take your mind off the soaring temperatures. Ice cream and its happy cousins — shakes, malts, floats, frozen custards, gelato, shaved ice and other cold delights — have been around for a long time.

The ancient Greeks ate a dessert similar to ice cream, Marco Polo brought an early form of the dessert to Europe, and the first American ice cream parlor opened in New York in 1776, just in time for the American Revolution. Who could blame Ben Franklin and George Washington if they wanted to pay less in tea taxes so they could eat more sweet, creamy coolness?

Thankfully for us, ice cream is not only around today, but thriving. Here in Green Country, you can find plenty of frozen treats wherever you go — north, south, east and west, all over Tulsa and the surrounding area. 

To get you started, here’s our list of best places to chill your bones with some delicious ice cream and other frozen sweets.

Being Oklahoma’s first microcreamery, Rose Rock has had an opportunity to make small batches that are completely hand-crafted, trendy and all-natural.
‍Being Oklahoma’s first microcreamery, Rose Rock has had an opportunity to make small batches that are completely hand-crafted, trendy and all-natural.

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Andy’s Frozen Custard
4844 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa
8251 E. 102nd St. | Tulsa
800 E. Kenosha | Broken Arrow
Andy’s is known for using fresh ingredients in their frozen custards and sundaes to give your taste buds a bonanza. They serve up some classic favorites year-round, like their signature Ozark Turtle Sundae and James Brownie Jackhammer concrete. But their commitment to fresh flavor means they offer seasonal specialties too. From July 14-Aug. 31 you can choose two limited-time only concretes — the Key Lime Pie, which features a whole slice of Key lime pie blended with Andy’s fresh vanilla frozen custard; and the Peach, made with fresh peaches blended with vanilla frozen custard.

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Baskin-Robbins
6808 S. Memorial Dr. | Tulsa
9210 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
These guys have been in the game since the 1940s. We’re pretty sure Baskin-Robbins put the cream in ice cream. There’s literally no flavor they can’t do, and they do them all so well. The locations on Sheridan and Memorial know exactly how to pack the scoops so that you get the most possible. They’re ready for any occasion too. Whether it be a birthday party, a Fourth of July celebration or just because, they are a great place to go for all your special ice cream needs.

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Cookiedoodle
377 E. Main St. | Jenks
You know Cookiedoodle for its delicious handcrafted cookies topped with sweet buttercream icing made from scratch by owner Bernadette and her staff. But they also serve gelato from STG Gelateria, which makes our list too for their tasty offerings. You’ll want to visit Cookiedoodle specifically for their newest treat, which is all the rage in New York City — dough cones. It’s chilled raw cookie dough in a waffle cone. What’s not to love? It’s completely safe to eat because they use pasteurized eggs and heat treated flour. Flavors include chocolate chip, confetti, fluffer nutter, brownie batter, cake batter, sugar and others.

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Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
8112 S. Olympia Ave. | Tulsa
9311 E. 71st St. | Tulsa
10305 S. Memorial Dr. | Tulsa
9053 N. 121st E. Ave. | Owasso
1151 E. Hillside Dr. | Broken Arrow
19341 Haynes Road | Catoosa
Choose your flavor — vanilla or chocolate — but it doesn’t stop there. Now it’s time to decide between a cup, a sundae, a waffle cone or what they love to call a concrete. Then come the toppings. Do you want the Hawaiian Delight or the Dirt n’ Worms toppings? Try the PBC & B (peanut butter chocolate and banana) topping or the Signature Turtle topping, and you will be 100 percent satisfied. Trust us. Actually, don’t take our word for it. Go check one out for yourself.

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Ida Red General Store and Soda Fountain
208 N. Main St. | Tulsa
Popular made-in-Oklahoma shop Ida Red has opened a soda fountain downtown, proving that you cannot love this store too much. The downtown spot makes the fruit syrups (strawberry, cherry and lime) for their sodas and milkshakes in-house for a fresh, unforgettable taste. They make floats with authentic homemade root beer from Weber’s. You can also enjoy vanilla and chocolate egg creams and malts, as well as creamy milkshakes in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cherry, lavender and cardamom, plus plenty of soda options. Walk the drink off as you stroll downtown so you don’t feel too guilty about the splurge.

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Josh’s Sno Shack
71st and Garnett Road | Tulsa
61st and Memorial Drive | Tulsa
9026 S. Memorial Drive | Tulsa
8098 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa
714 W. Main St. | Jenks
41st and Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
Expo Square | 4145 E. 21st St. | Tulsa
9115 S. Delaware Ave. | Tulsa
Safari Joe’s H20 Water Park | 4707 E. 21st St. | Tulsa
Drive around Tulsa during the summer and you’re sure to pass a small pop-up building with a line of parents and children crowded around it. No doubt you’re passing one of the many Josh’s Sno Shacks in town. These sno-cones are a delightful treat on a hot day, and you’ll love the more than 70 creative flavors on their menu. You can also mix and match your own flavors, or spice up your ice with toppings like gummy bears and jelly beans. Josh’s also loves raising donations for local charities like the Food Bank, so follow them on social media to see when and where special donations are happening.

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La Michoacana Paleteria
2138 S. Garnett Road | Tulsa
9467 E. 31st St. | Tulsa
This hidden gem is well-loved by those in the know. Locals love the customer service and the authentic flavor of Mexico in the sweet treats. And of course, they love the fabulous ice cream. Some of it comes in flavors you know — like chocolate, vanilla, strawberries and cream, pistachio and coffee. But you’ll also find flavors you’ve never seen elsewhere — like tequila, rompope (similar to eggnog), mamey (a fruit native to Mexico and Central America), and more — and believe us, they are unbelievably good.

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Marble Slab Creamery
500 Riverwalk Terrace, #125 | Jenks
403 W. Stone Wood Dr. | Broken Arrow
If you like your ice cream dished up with a slice of international elegance, Marble Slab is where you want to go. With shops located in places like Bahrain, Guam, Mexico, Singapore, St. Lucia and more, you know they have to have their service and menu down to an art form. They make every batch of ice cream in the store, sourcing the dairy locally for fresh flavor. And their special technique of blending toppings into your ice cream on a frozen granite slab is not only fun to watch, but also a great way to be sure you get your order cold and yummy.

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Mod’s Coffee and Crepes
507 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa
Mod’s has one of the best locations in town to get your gelato coolness on. Gelato at its finest, straight from Italy, is what you can expect, and you don’t have to go to Florence to experience it. Specialty flavors and custom requests are, well, their specialty. Within reason and if it’s cost-effective, they’re willing to try it if you suggest it. They’re that good. But if you’re just looking for some good old-fashioned gelato from the old country, a chocolate, strawberry or Oreo flavored gelato is guaranteed to hit the spot.

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Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen
9912 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa
On the south side of Riverside Drive, Napa Flats awaits you. Their service, their menu, their view of the Arkansas River… it’s all stellar. But even if you don’t stop for dinner, stop in for a sweet taste of coolness. Their gelato base is made from scratch with milk and cream and is pasteurized in-house for fresh, bright flavor and homegrown goodness. Napa Flats even uses genuine Italian equipment to make all their sorbets and gelato.

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Rose Rock Microcreamery
502 E. 3rd St., #35
Get ready for the richest, creamiest, most flavorful ice cream you’ve had in a while if you’ve never visited Rose Rock Microcreamery in the Boxyard. Being Oklahoma’s first microcreamery, Rose Rock has had an opportunity to make small batches that are completely hand-crafted, trendy and all-natural. Some of the more unique flavors include Vegan Lemongrass, Strawberry and Mango sorbet, Thin Mint or Chocolate Madagascar, and a tasty root beer ice cream that is sinfully good. And when we mention all-natural, how does Porter Peach ice cream sound? Get there while supplies last. Yum!

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Scoops & Grinds
1023 W. Main St. | Collinsville
On historic Main Street in Collinsville, you’ll find a charming coffee and ice cream shop called Scoops & Grinds. Their homemade ice cream and sorbets are made in-house with fresh cream in small batches, quick frozen in a gelato batch maker to yield a creamy, fresh taste. Their 16 flavors include both classic and seasonal flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, lemonie bite, caramel apple pecan and more. They serve shakes made with their homemade ice cream too. Or warm up with a cup of freshly roasted coffee.

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STG Gelateria
114 S. Detroit Ave. | Tulsa
5233 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
Housemade daily, STG’s Gelateria has flavors you’d expect from the centuries-old European process of gelato making. Stracciatella is a huge favorite, a perfect blend of creamy goodness with a bit of chocolate heaven. The Cassata Siciliana is a rich, flavorful ice cream version of another Italian dessert, the cannoli. Try the Pesca or Fragola dairy-free peach and strawberry sorbettos for a change of pace, and you may never want anything else. A scoop of Limoncello (also a sorbetto) will remind you of a tall, refreshing homemade lemonade from yesteryear.

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ALSO CHECK OUT

Arnold’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers
1722 W. 51st St. | Tulsa

Candy Castle
7890 E. 106th Place S., Suite V-6 | Tulsa

Freckles Frozen Custard
5138 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
8011 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa

Warren Theatre
1700 Aspen Creek Dr. | Broken Arrow

Weber’s Superior Root Beer Drive-in
3817 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

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