OC's Hottest Cold Treats

Summer is coming! You know what that means… ice cream! Oh my, bring on the creamy, cold sweet. If you’re anything like me, you already have a few favorite spots to grab your favorite iced sweet treat, however, branch out this season and take a look at this roundup of the hottest cold treats in Orange County to kick off summer!
 

FRONT PORCH POPS

4th Street Market, Santa Ana

It’s “Happiness on a Stick” — need I say more? What’s more nostalgic than popsicles? Front Porch Pops brings all your childhood happiness back with innovative flavors ranging from fruit, creamy and a mix of both. ‘Ain’t Misbehavin Mojito’ and ‘Vietnamese Coffee’ are just a few flavors on the menu and if you want that creamy, citrusy nostalgia go for the ‘Orange Creamsicle’, I promise it’ll be better than the one you find in the frozen section at your local grocery store.

Front Porch Pops offers a variety of innovative seasonal flavors | photo courtesy of 4th St Market

Front Porch Pops offers a variety of innovative seasonal flavors | photo courtesy of 4th St Market

 

CHUNK N CHIP

4th Street Market, Santa Ana

Ice cream sandwiches! With a ‘build-your-own’ vibe you get to perfect your own ‘sammich’. With fresh, ooey-gooey cookies, homemade small batch ice cream made with simple, fresh and local ingredients… what’s not to get excited about? Also, all of the flavors are unique and flavorful! Try the unexpected, like pear gorgonzola with orange marmalade or keep it classic with cookies n cream. Unexpected creations are strongly encouraged.

The ideal summer Ice Cream Sammich' is at Chunk N Chip | photo courtesy of @tanayas.table

The ideal summer Ice Cream Sammich' is at Chunk N Chip | photo courtesy of @tanayas.table

 

SWEET COMBFORTS

TRADE, Irvine

What’s another foodie staple that screams summer? Anything on a stick! We’re talkin’ delicious, freshly made Belgian Liege waffles on a stick drizzled with chocolate, white chocolate, and sprinkled with colorful toppings. Pair it with a solid scoop of creamy, cold ice cream and your summer is made! Create your own decadent flavors from fruity to chocolatey. Toppings range from Oreo bits, cheesecake bites and strawberries and with your picturesque waffle on a stick in hand, you're ready to take on the world

Belgian Life Waffle 'POPS' from Sweet COMBforts | photo courtesy of @mizz_ro_ro on instagram

Belgian Life Waffle 'POPS' from Sweet COMBforts | photo courtesy of @mizz_ro_ro on instagram

 

MILK MAN ICE CREAM

McFadden Public Market, Santa Ana

Looking for something classic, delicious and freshly made? Check out Milk Man Ice Cream. Located in Downtown Santa Ana’s newest food hall, McFadden Public Market, Milk Man is mixing things up this summer. All of their ice cream is freshly made using premium ingredients. ‘Old Fashioned’ is in their slogan so you know you can count on delicious shakes, floats, sundaes and three-tiered ice cream cones.

Milk Man offers their homemade ice cream flavors daily at Downtown Santa Ana's newest food hall, McFadden Public Market | photo courtesy of @alliosn

Milk Man offers their homemade ice cream flavors daily at Downtown Santa Ana's newest food hall, McFadden Public Market | photo courtesy of @alliosn

 

TREATERY

4th Street Market, Santa Ana

You’re looking for something sweet but don’t necessarily want ice cream? Treatery is your spot with classic and decadent desserts to cure that sweet tooth. If you want something convenient, tiered and delicious, grab a parfait, decadence layered to perfection for exactly what you’re craving.

Refreshing parfaits are the perfect summer 'TREAT' at Treatery | photo courtesy of 100eats

Refreshing parfaits are the perfect summer 'TREAT' at Treatery | photo courtesy of 100eats

 

STAX COOKIE BAR

Irvine

Go decadent at Stax and get the Stuffed Smookie -- warm cookies stuffed with nutella then topped with ice cream! Cookies, waffles, ice cream, frozen yogurt, cream rolls -- these are just a few items on Stax Cookie Bar’s menu. Known for making cookies in-house every day, including gluten-free and vegan options, as well as ice cream that comes chock-full of natural, delicious ingredients, Stax is the one stop shop for all your sweet needs. Try the classics like their ice cream sandwiches, perhaps the rolled ice cream, or maybe even the creamritos (ice cream burritos) -- your cravings have just been crushed.

Mint Chip-filled Creamritos from STAX | photo courtesy of STAX Cookie Bar

Mint Chip-filled Creamritos from STAX | photo courtesy of STAX Cookie Bar

 

I AM.

The Anaheim Packing District, Anaheim

Liquid nitrogen snowball, need I say more? Located in the Anaheim Packing District, I am is known for their Korean rice balls dipped in liquid nitrogen to create a frozen treat. Even cooler (pun intended), the aesthetic of the snowballs are very pleasing to the eye and makes for the perfect Instagram photo-op. If ice cold rice balls aren’t your thing, I am also offers ice cream covered in your favorite toppings, smoothies for the health conscious, and shaved ice. Bring it on Summer!

Shaved Ice topped with fresh fruit from I am | photo courtesy of @vyt92 on instagram

Shaved Ice topped with fresh fruit from I am | photo courtesy of @vyt92 on instagram