Families and Kids

Frozen Treats on a Summer Day in Tempe

Beat the heat with a cool treat this summer 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 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.

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 come up with new flavors and unique items like Menchie’s custom frozen yogurt cakes! Menchie’s offers something for everyone, including nonfat, no sugar added, gluten-free frozen dessert options that will satisfy everyone’s taste.

Aloha Yogurt – Photo Credit: Will Coles Media

Mojo Yogurt
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 of course! 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 getting a bit tired of the 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 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, but 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.

Curry & Scoop
Curry & Scoop – Photo Credit: Will Coles Media

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 was very sweet and yummy!

Mango Rabbit Dalgona Coffee
Mango Rabbit

4. Slushes, Shaved Ice and Smoothies

Shaved Ice, Smoothies and Slushes… all are welcomed 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.

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 Angel Wing jar for added flare. Zero Degrees also has coffee and tea if you’d rather skip the frozen delights.

Zero Degrees

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 different 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!

Joe’s Italian Ice – Photo Credit: Will Coles Media

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! As the staff would describe it, “it’s 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 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.