July is National Ice Cream Month, and we’ve got the scoop on tasty, cool sweets in Greater Palm Springs.
Whether it’s fresh fruit gelato, nitro-blast popsicles, a Baja style coconut smoothie, oversized custom-made ice cream sandwiches or waffle cones stuffed with Mediterranean Sea salted caramel ice cream, you can stay chill all month long with these tempting treats.
Ice Cream in La Quinta
Nitro-Blast Popsicles at Nitroinfusions
Nitroinfusions, a cool Old Town La Quinta spot, renovated last year to make room for its newest product: nitro-blast popsicles.
Liquid nitrogen-blasted fresh organic cream or fruit gelato flavors are scooped into swirled or rectangle shaped popsicle molds and frozen, sold from a ready-to-go case. Flavors such as mango, strawberry, cherry, key lime pie, banana lavender—even pretzel horchata—can be dipped, drizzled or sprinkled with your choice of chocolate, caramel, cinnamon or candy.
But you won’t want to miss the smoky drama when you special order. Watch as the server pours minus 371-degree liquid nitrogen to create clouds of steam as it immediately freezes cream or gelato in big metal mixing bowls. This intriguing chemical process eliminates ice crystals and intensifies the natural flavors.
Some favorites are Mediterranean Sea salted caramel, mint chip, roasted pistachio with olive oil and chocolate espresso. Plus, a flavor of the month always changes up the options.
Ice Cream in Palm Springs
Colorful Innovations at Ice Cream Shop(pe)
Opened last year, Ice Cream Shop(pe) at ARRIVE Hotel fills the niche for a fun, colorful and delicious place to chill in Uptown Palm Springs. Its clean midcentury modern lines are in perfect harmony with its refreshing, innovative ice cream and sorbet products.
Created by a private label company exclusively for Ice Cream Shop(pe), the newest flavors include a rich, complex blackberry cabernet; sweet corn, an imaginative riff from one of Coachella Valley’s prized agricultural products; rose water that looks and tastes like the essence of rose petals; and pomegranate with dark chocolate chips.
These are part of a roster of some 30 rotating flavors that may be scooped into cake, sugar, waffle or salted pretzel cones, into cups or blended into shakes. Toppings are help-yourself complimentary.
Cracker Jack Sundae at dish
Known for its flavor-forward contemporary innovations, dish Creative Cuisine serves a Cracker Jack Sundae concocted with house made popcorn ice cream and topped with caramel, caramel corn, peanut brittle and chantilly.
“We make all of our ice creams and sorbets in house,” notes chef-owner Joane Garcia-Colson.
Lap It Up at Lappert’s
A longtime favorite Hawaiian-style ice cream shop, Lappert’s brings tropical tastes to Downtown Palm Springs with hand-scooped ice creams, shakes, smoothies, shaved ices, floats and sundaes.
Woven grass mat and bamboo paneling against turquoise, mango and yellow walls festooned with tropical flowers make you swear you’re suddenly in Honolulu.
Find chocolate-dipped frozen bananas and ice cream bars, date shakes and smoothies, including the aloha peach, wild berry blast, straw-nana, coco-mango, orange breeze, pina-mango, pineapple or raspberry. Three of the most popular scooped ice creams are Kauai pie, Hawaiian sea salt caramel and date Casablanca.
Just Chillin’ at Jus Chillin
On the corner of Tahquitz Way and Indian Canyon, Jus Chillin is a purple-hued invitation to step into its cool vibe where you dispense your own frozen yogurt or have the server scoop from a dozen tasty, colorful gelatos.
Yogurt flavors range from Alpine vanilla and chocolate to classic Columbian Supreme coffee, very strawberry, dulce de leche and even two vegan options: almond milk and water-based chocolate fudge. Raspberry, strawberry, chocolate, pistachio and crème brulee are some of the gelato favorites.
Top these with fresh strawberries, pineapple chunks, raspberries, chocolate bits, gummy worms, crushed candies, and nuts.
Ice Cream Socials at Lulu
The shareable ice cream concoctions at Lulu California Bistro are perfect for an ice cream social.
Take, for example, the Gelato Fantasia: a selection of six scoops of Italian ice creams topped with whipped cream. Selections might include Amarena cherry “Amarena;” hazelnut “Nocciola;” pistachio “Pistacchio;” or chocolate chip “Stracciatella.”
You might feel like climbing the Alps after indulging in the massive Swiss Chocolate Hot Fudge Sundae or set out on a 10K run after the Hot Fudge Banana Split.
There’s always a party with ice cream at this cool downtown Palm Springs restaurant.
It’s Snowing at The Saguaro
The Saguaro now offers an assortment of cool treats from SnoBar ™, the original frozen cocktail on a stick.
These lush chiller treats are offered to guests checking in on weekends and will be for sale at the pool bar over summer.
The Saguaro offers the margarita, made with tequila and triple sec fashioned into a dessert with “swagger;” the mojito, a thirst-quenching lime and mint frozen popsicle; and the cosmopolitan, a sexy, booze-infused ice pop made with vodka and triple sec.
Ice Cream in Rancho Mirage
Chill at The River with Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
Famed for their rich ice creams and fun-named blends—like the Cherry Garcia with cherry and fudge flakes and Bob Marley One Love with banana, chocolate, graham crackers and caramel—Ben & Jerry’s has long been a delicious draw in its corner location at The River.
The ice cream counter is punctuated by bright red walls and a scene of black and white cows at its far end.
New flavors rotate every three months, with many trademark items always available like Chunky Monkey (banana ice cream with fudge and walnuts) and the Berry Berry Extraordinary Sorbet with swirls of blue berry and raspberry.
Ice Cream in Palm Desert
Surf’s Up at The Beach House
Bring your surfboard: You’ll hear the sound of The Beach Boys and see waves gently splashing on the TV as you dive into a cool cup of frozen yogurt or sorbet at The Beach House at Desert Crossing.
First, grab a small or medium cup and dispense as much or as little non-fat or premium yogurt or sorbet as you wish of flavors like pomegranate raspberry, coconut sorbet, Reese’s peanut butter, cake batter, lemon velvet, Georgia peach and many more.
Next, top your cup with fresh berries, sliced fruits, candy crushes, chocolate chunks, hot or room temperature syrups, and splurge with a flourish of whipped cream.
As this is self-service, your chubby tub is weighed, then paid.
Summertime sorbet flavors include pink lemonade, outrageous orange and Hawaiian pineapple.
Even Fido can celebrate National Ice Cream Month, thanks to Yopup, pre-packaged cups of peanut butter banana yogurt.
Delicious Chemistry at Creamistry
It’s food science in action at Creamistry: when sub-zero liquid nitrogen hits liquid cream or sorbet base, the chemical reaction instantly freezes liquids into solids, sending up clouds of icy steam.
All the while, “creamologists,” as they are called here, keep the ice cream churning while it freezes to blend the flavors and smooth the texture, instantly quicker than old fashioned churning.
Start by choosing a base of premium milk, organic milk, coconut or water-based sorbet and add in flavors like classic salted caramel, chocolate, Madagascar vanilla, or cereals like Cap’n Crunch or Coco Puffs.
Indulge in a brownie or chocolate bowl, and then select toppings from bite-sized candies, crushed nuts, fresh fruit, yummy cereals and sauces like marshmallow, Nutella, honey, and caramel to customize your creation.
Luscious gourmet sorbets are created with mango, pink grapefruit, coconut, blood orange, green apple, and Dole pineapple.
New this summer: pints of ready-made flavors like chocolate, mango, pineapple and vanilla are now available to go from a freezer case in the lobby.
Ice Cream in Indio
A Baja Vibe at Coco Freeze
In a tiny strip mall in Indio is a fun, whimsical, Baja-inspired ice cream and snack shop called Coco Freeze.
Bicycles, surf boards, model airplanes hanging from the ceiling. Fake palm trees, antique toys and cash registers, plus funny signs, gumball machines, a comfy couch and a corrugated metal bar create a wacky, cheerful place to hang out and enjoy a raspado (shaved ice) or barras (smoothie.)
The Padella family brings a south-of-the border beach vibe to this non-alcoholic “tiki bar,” where locals of all ages drop by after school, work or anytime for a refreshing break.
Fruit-flavored shaved ices include mango, coconut, lemon, tamarind, watermelon, bubble gum, pina, and other exotic tastes.
Creativity is in the Mexican-inspired ice cream and smoothie concoctions: horchata caramel mocha, barras de coco (a coconut smoothie), the Russa with fresh limes and oranges, the strawberry or vanilla Mazapan; the Abuelita vanilla and chocolate smoothie; the waffle cheesecake smoothie; and the Oreo cookie smoothie among them.
Get Your Licks in at Lique
Lique, the hip and sexy ice cream parlor at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, offers the chance to be an ice cream master and create the perfect gourmet Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich.
Choose from a variety of freshly baked soft cookies, add your favorite scoop of rich, decadent ice cream in the middle and finish it off with a crunchy or chocolatey topping along the sides.