Families and Kids

5 Frozen Treats on a Summer Day in Tempe

Beat the heat with a cool treat this summer and check out Tempe’s frozen delights! Lucky for us, Tempe has everything from frozen yogurt and ice cream to shakes and icy treats to get us through the grueling summer heat. Here’s a list of my favorite frozen treats in Tempe.

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.

Mojo Yogurt at Tempe Marketplace
(480) 968-6493
My favorite combo at this delicious frozen yogurt establishment is cookies & cream and mango tango. I top it off with strawberries, sprinkles, chocolate fudge and caramel. It’s an odd combination I know, but that doesn’t make is any less crave-able!

ZoYo – 6350 S. McClintock Dr., 85283
(480) 838-9017
The friendly team at ZoYo has a rotating selection of frozen yogurt flavors including summer seasonals and new favorites like salted caramel and key lime pie. Their toppings range from candy to fresh fruit.

Aloha Yogurt – 219 E. Baseline Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283
(480) 289-5238
Aloha Yogurt has 12 flavors each day including tart, dairy free and no sugar added. Check Facebook and Instagram for their daily flavors. And the toppings? They have 45 to choose from! And, they have “dog-urt” for your best four legged friend and they serve smoothies too.

2. Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice cream and homemade cookies together?! Yes please! You have three options along Mill Avenue in Downtown Tempe that combine the best of both worlds:

Slickables699 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.

Baked Bear420 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 264-3933
Who’s afraid of a little (or a lot) of sugar? At Baked Bear in Tempe, you can choose from 13 flavors of ice cream that you can sandwich in between cookies, brownies or donuts. And, then you can add toppings and even have it “hot pressed” so it melts together. Yum.

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

3. Flavors of the World meet Ice Cream

So maybe you’re a bit tired of the chocolate and vanilla combination and you’re looking for something new. Tempe has got you covered. There are a few ice cream shops in town that combine flavors from around the world with ice cream.

Curry and Scoop – 1805 E. Elliot Rd. #106, Tempe, AZ 85284
(480) 838-0200
Not only does Curry and Scoop serve authentic Indian food, they also offer Indian-inspired ice cream. Think of ingredients such as Rose Petal, Mango and Saffron and Pistachio. This could change everything about dessert.

Roll Avenue Ice Cream Rolls – Arizona Mills Mall, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Tempe, AZ 85282
(480) 820-5062
Almost custom-made for Instagram, here they “roll” your choice of ice cream flavors on a frozen surface and then add your choice of toppings. The result is a cup filled with beautiful ice cream rolls. Be sure to add something to their wishing wall when you visit. Maybe you’ll wish to have more ice cream!

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. and 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, be sure to check out one of their tasty non-dairy milk teas, more specifically the Tiramisu, as it  it was very sweet and yummy!

4. Italian and Shaved Ice

Italian Ice, Shaved Ice…it’s all welcome during the summer months in Tempe. Here are two places to check out:

Rita’s Italian Ice – 740 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 389-3530
The best part about Rita’s is also a challenge. Their menu is full of lots of tasty treats, so you’ll have a hard time deciding on what to order. They serve up Italian ice, Cream ice (more creamy than icy), frozen custard, sundaes, Gelati (Italian ice with a dollop of frozen custard on top), Misto (a blend of Italian ice and frozen custard) and other frozen drinks.

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. The also serve smoothies, lemonade, flavored sodas and “Frostalattes,” an iced and blended drink made with their own blend of Kona Coffee. Their menu makes summer much more bearable.

5. Slushes, Shakes and Smoothies

Slushes, shakes and snow cones oh, my! Check out a few of our favorite handheld frozen beverages:

Zero Degrees – 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., #1069, Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 247-7540
As you can tell by the name, Zero Degrees has the frosty dessert thing down. This Asian-Hispanic fusion café specializes in slushes, milkshakes and hot snacks. Their #1 bestseller is the Mangonada which is a delectable mango slush with real fruit chunks, topped with chamoy and Tajin seasoning. My next visit might have to include the Ube Milkshake. This drink has just about everything to become insta-famous. From the bright purple color of the creamy ube shake (made from purple yam, typically used for flavoring in sweet dishes) to the extravagant toasted marshmallow & sour belt candy topping, this drink is everything and more! Order any of their drinks in a Zero Degrees Angle Wing jar for added flare. Zero Degrees also has coffee and tea if you’d rather skip the frozen delights.

Dave & Buster’s – 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 281-8456
Take the kids out for fun games and cool treats at Dave & Buster’s located in Tempe Marketplace. Try something from their list of non-alcoholic icy beverages like the Blue Raspberry Sno Glowb which is a snow cone concoction with Jolly Rancher blue raspberry syrup and Sprite, served with a light-up, color-changing “ice cube” and a color changing straw! Sip on your frozen drink while kicking some butt at old school arcade games such as Pop-A-Shot, Pac-Man and skee ball.

Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade – 1000 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 686-9004
You guessed it…they specialize in lemonade here, but be sure to include them on your check list of places with cool summer drinks. Their smoothies are over the top and will immediately take your taste buds on an island vacation. My fave is the Blue Hawaii smoothie, made with house-made almond milk, banana, organic mango, organic pineapple, coconut butter, dates, and blue spirulina.

Amy Griglak
Written Amy Griglak

Originally from California, Amy loves to travel, go for runs, read all kinds of books, enjoy all things Disney, drink caramel macchiatos and explore new places and old favorites with her husband and two kiddos.