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Frozen Treats on a Summer Day in Tempe

This summer, beat the heat with a cool treat, and check out Tempe’s frozen delights! Frozen Summer treats are key to summer survival in Arizona and Tempe has plenty of options to choose from. You’ll find flavorful frosty concoctions, cool smoothies, icy blends and decadent frozen treats to cool you from the inside out. Whether you enjoy fruity flavors or are more prone to classic favorites, Tempe has the perfect frozen treat for you.

1. Frozen Yogurt

A little lighter than ice cream, but just as satisfying, there are lots of places to get your FroYo fix in Tempe.

Aloha Yogurt
219 E. Baseline Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 289-5238
Aloha Yogurt features 12 flavors each day, including tart, dairy-free and no sugar added. Check Facebook and Instagram for their daily flavors. Pair your choice of yogurt with their many toppings; they have 45 to choose from! Have your four-legged friend in tow? Order the “dog-urt” from their dog-friendly menu.

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
1128 E. Baseline Rd. Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 307-6037
There is always something new to try at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt! Their innovative research and development team works diligently to develop new flavors and unique items, such as their Menchie’s custom frozen yogurt cakes! Menchie’s offers something for everyone, including nonfat, no sugar added, gluten-free frozen dessert options to satisfy everyone’s taste.

Aloha Yogurt – Photo Credit: Will Coles Media

Mojo Yogurt
Tempe Marketplace | 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-6493
With more than 28 fresh and fun flavors, Mojo Yogurt at Tempe Marketplace triggers something inside you to make you want to smile. Mojo is about producing positive energy that creates a healthy state of body and mind. Check out their self-serve concept featuring premium, quality yogurt today!

2. Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice cream and homemade cookies together?! Yes, please! You have several options in Tempe that combine the best of both worlds:

699 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 409-4591
Head to Slickables to create your very own customized cookie ice cream combo. Your taste buds will be happy with these frozen desserts, and so will your wallet with their affordable prices.

Slickables in Tempe

Sparky’s Old Town Creamery
510 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 921-6228
Ice cream sandwiches are just one of the many offerings at this ice cream destination. Sparky’s Old Town Creamery has more than 20 flavors of ice cream and sorbet that include a free mix-in. They even make their ice cream in small batches on-site so everything is always fresh. If you’re in the mood for something icy, Sparky’s also has delicious Hawaiian shaved ice and smoothies.

Insomnia Cookies
116 E. University Dr. Suite 104, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 795-3693 
Need a quick cookie and ice cream fix? Insomnia offers ice cream pairings for their delicious cookies. Order from their “Wiches” menu for ice cream sandwich heaven. Choose between an icy filling or scoops of ice cream between their classic, deluxe or gluten-free cookie options. These sweet treats can even be delivered unassembled! For a lighter treat, enjoy a scoop of ice cream over one cookie or all by itself..

Sparky’s Old Town Creamery – Photo Credit: Will Coles Media

Sweet Republic Artisan Ice Cream
410 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 105, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 292-8557
Sweet Republic is known for its exceptional artisan ice cream. They start with their milk and cream from independent Arizona dairy farms and add all handmade ingredients; they even make their own cookies! All of these components make for the ultimate ice cream sandwiches. Each ice cream sandwich includes two chocolate chip cookies sandwiched around ice cream of your choice: Salted Butter Caramel, Belgian Chocolate, Brownie Swirl, or Madagascar Vanilla.

3. Flavors of the World meet Ice Cream

Are you tired of the traditional chocolate and vanilla combination and want to try something new? Tempe has got you covered! There are a few ice cream shops in town that combine ice cream with international flavors.

The Paleta Bar Tempe
521 S. College Ave. Unit 107, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 265-8948
Paleta is Spanish for ice pops. The Paleta Bar Tempe makes handmade paleta bars daily using delicious ingredients like fresh fruits, sweet cream and milk. And even better, once you choose your fruit pop, you can have it dipped or drizzled with mouthwatering toppings. These are both refreshing and healthy (after all, they are made with fresh fruit), so you can indulge and not feel guilty.

Mango Rabbit
1250 E. Apache Blvd. #112, Tempe, AZ | (480) 912-6283
Have you checked out Mango Rabbit? This hidden gem is located on the Northwest corner of Dorsey and Apache Blvd. It is the perfect addition to The Spice Trail as it is a globally inspired concept with only fresh ingredients. I recommend the Godiva Dark Chocolate Bubble Waffle treat. It’s quite the process to make as they cook their waffles on the bubble waffle iron right then and there. It turns into the most beautiful masterpiece (absolutely photogenic). If time isn’t on your side, check out one of their tasty non-dairy milk teas, more specifically the Tiramisu, as it was very sweet and yummy!

Mango Rabbit Dalgona Coffee
Mango Rabbit

4. Slushes, Shaved Ice and Smoothies

Shaved Ice, Smoothies and Slushes… all are welcome during the summer months in Tempe. Here are three places to check out:

Bahama Buck’s
1006 E. Warner Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 777-9482
Take your tastebuds on a tropical vacation. Bahama Buck’s offers island-inspired shaved ice that you can smother with one of their endless possibilities of flavors. They also serve smoothies, lemonade, flavored sodas and “Frostalattes,” an iced and blended drink made with their blend of Kona Coffee. Their menu makes summer much more bearable.

Joe’s Italian Ice
2019 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 907-7077
Joe’s Italian Ice brings Philly-style frozen treats to Tempe. Each specialty treat is crafted to perfection with real fruit from California farms and ice cream straight from a dairy in Philadelphia. They offer nearly 100 unique Italian ice flavors, from Strawberries ‘n Cream to Peanut Butter Cup. You can even combine your choice of soft-serve ice cream with it!

Bahama Bucks in Tempe
Bahama Bucks in Tempe

5. Frozen Libations

Tempe has the best frozen adult beverages that transport you from the heat into a blissful retreat. Check out these locations:

Fat Tuesday
680 S. Mill Ave. #106, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 967-3917
Order the world-famous frozen Daiquiri at Fat Tuesday! There are tons of flavors to choose from, but my go-to daiquiris have to be either the Creamsicle or the Screaming Coyote; both are a slice of summertime heaven. You can even order 25 ounces of your favorite ice cold daiquiri; that’s 14 inches of ice cold flavor!

Happy Hour: Every day of the week 4-7 p.m. and reverse happy hour Sunday-Thursday from 9-11 p.m.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
414 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ | (480) 968-8226.
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has beeritas and frozen margaritas available. Choose between the House, The Shocker or the Morning Glow frozen margarita. I suggest the Morning Glow, as it is a frozen mango and strawberry margarita served with a champagne bottle!

Happy Hour: Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m.

Ghost Ranch
1006 E. Warner Rd. #102-103, Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 474-4328
Hands down, the best summer drink goes to the Prickly Pear Frozé’ Rita from Ghost Ranch! The staff would describe it as “a frozen margarita that fell in love with a glass of cold rosé and had the most perfect, well-balanced, cocktail baby.” I mean, after that description, how could you not try it?!

Happy Hour: Every day from 3-6 p.m.


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Written Alicia Griffith

Alicia is an ASU Alumna and Tucson native who is unapologetically herself. When she is not sharing her passion for Tempe, she is a devoted dog mom and reality TV enthusiast who has a weakness for charcuterie boards and wine!

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