On a sweltering summer day, nothing cools you down like an ice-cold frozen treat. When the temperatures rise, these are our favorite places to cool down with something sweet. From snow cones to milkshakes to popsicles, there is something for everyone on this list. So grab a friend, and head to one of these Memphis sweet shops.
7 Memphis Spots for Sweet Frozen Treats
1657 Wells Station Road, Memphis, TN 38108 • (901) 767-2659
1601 Bonnie Lane, Cordova, TN 38016
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Jerry’s Snow Cones is a Memphis institution. For decades, Memphians have been trekking to their out-of-the-way location on Wells Station in the Berclair neighborhood for their frosty treats. Go traditional and order a classic snow cone — they offer dozens of flavor options. But we recommend their World Famous Snow Cone Supreme. Jerry’s claims to have invented this yummy treat that is the best of both worlds — a snow cone topped with creamy soft-serve ice cream. In honor of their 50th anniversary, Jerry’s opened a second location in Cordova on June 2, so now you have two locations to choose from. SB TIP: Don’t be intimidated by the lines. They move quickly, and a Jerry’s Snow Cone Supreme is worth the wait!
2015 S. Houston Levee Road, Collierville, TN 38017 • (901) 316-8136
Hours: Monday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
At Miccos Snocones & Shakes, the Michelotti family serves up frozen treats that are worth every calorie. Located in the heart of Collierville just down the street from several schools, Miccos quickly became a favorite for kids of all ages after opening its doors in 2016. The business started off as an authentic New Orleans-style sno cone shop, but their crazy, over-the-top milkshakes have become the top sellers. “Our Freakshakes are milkshakes gone insane,” explains co-owner Tim Michelotti. “It’s like a milkshake, ice cream scoop, and sundae all in one.” Their most popular “Freakshake” is the Cookie Monster. It’s an Oreo milkshake with a homemade chocolate chip sandwich cookie and tons of Oreo and Chips Ahoy! cookies on top — oh, my!
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4091 Summer Ave., Memphis, TN 38122 • (901) 555-1234
6635 Winchester Road, Memphis, TN 38115 • (901) 590-1902
2733 Getwell Road, Memphis, TN 38118
830 N. Germantown Pkwy., Memphis, TN 38018
Hours: Open daily, noon to 9 p.m.
Paletas are Mexican popsicles — and luckily you don’t have to travel to Mexico to get one! La Michoacana is a family-owned authentic Mexican ice cream parlor that makes a wide assortment of homemade paletas and ice creams. Made with fresh ingredients and fruits, these popsicles are nothing like the icy, artificially sweetened popsicles from the grocery store. Flavors like cookies and cream are popular with the kids, but we recommend trying some of their more unique flavors. The pine nut paleta is creamy, light and surprisingly just slightly sweet. The mango and chili paleta is refreshing and will wake up your taste buds.
128 U.S. Hwy. 72 E., Collierville, TN 38017 • (901) 316-5994
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
If you’re not familiar with Italian ice, you need to try it — and Mama D’s in Collierville is the place to go to do just that! Italian ice is a frozen dessert that is absolutely divine. Not the same thing as ice cream or shaved ice, it is a creamy and refreshing frozen treat that simply melts in your mouth. Italian ice differs from shaved ice or snow cones in that the flavorings are blended into the mixture, like ice cream, rather than simply being poured over the top. The major difference from ice cream is there is no addition of dairy. “My favorite flavor is definitely chocolate. And I am inspired by the seasonal fruits. So as peaches come out, watermelon, berries … then I make flavors according to what fruits are in season,” says Dee Moore of Mama D’s Italian Ice. You could even say that Italian ice is healthy. Dee adds, “So since Italian ice is water-based, there is no fat. And it’s also gluten-free, dairy-free and mine happens to be nut-free!”
If you’re craving something cool and creamy, definitely stop by the Snowhaus food truck! Owner Evan Lam is serving a dessert he calls “snowcream.” Says Evan, “It’s a hybrid of a Taiwanese dessert. It’s the best part of a snow cone and ice cream combined into one. Plus, we use no artificial colors or flavors.” Light and creamy, each bite first dissolves in your mouth like cotton candy and then turns deliciously creamy. Snowhaus offers traditional ice cream flavors like chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, but the unique flavors like matcha green tea, avocado and Vietnamese coffee are not to be missed. Each serving comes with two toppings and a drizzle. SB TIP: Snowhaus also offers two vegan flavors: piña colada and coconut.
1243 Ridgeway Road, Memphis, TN 38119 • (901) 421-5985
1350 Concourse Ave., Ste. 133, Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 425-2724
3670 Houston Levee Road, Ste. 106, Collierville, TN 38017 • (901) 316-5405
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Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.
Cold and refreshing, MemPops is a refreshing treat on a hot summer day. Owner Chris Taylor’s handcrafted popsicles have quickly become a local favorite. “We put a lot of love into our pops. All of the juice we use comes from freshly squeezed fruit. We make our own sweeteners and focus our menu on local produce when it’s available,” explains Chris. Their pop flavors are constantly changing based on local and seasonal availability. Strawberry is their biggest seller, but don’t miss the creative seasonal flavors of the summer. “Watermelon basil, blueberry lemon maple, roasted peach, blackberry lemon rose and avocado lime are all fan favorites,” adds Chris. MemPops has three locations: one in East Memphis, one in Midtown at Crosstown Concourse and one in Collierville. With more than one food truck, MemPops can also be found at events all around town.
1789 Kirby Pkwy., Ste. 10, Memphis, TN 38138 • (901) 730-0893
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
East Memphis just got a new sweet shop that is serving up some unique sweet treats. Cookies, cakes, edible cookie dough and some pretty amazing milkshakes are on the menu. “I’ve been doing desserts for 10 years with my catering business, and I wanted to bring things that haven’t been here yet,” explains owner Sharon Cohn. Their shakes are out-of-this-world fun, with flavors like Unicorn, Circus and Galactic. “They are all dressed up big and pretty with lots of candy,” Sharon adds. The Unicorn Colossal Milkshake is a concoction of vanilla ice cream mixed with pink milk and topped with whipped cream, sprinkles, rainbow ribbons, rock candy, a candy bracelet, cotton candy and a unicorn horn. Every little girl’s dream dessert! SB TIP: All shakes come in a mini version, which is perfect for kids!
Now, cure your Delta heat-induced “vapors” with an icy, sweet Memphis treat — bon appétit, and goodbye, heat!
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