13 must-try frozen treats in Charlotte

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Macaron ice cream sandwich

Where to get it: Ninety’s Ice Cream & Sandwiches, 9009 JM Keynes Drive, Charlotte NC 28262 (temporarily closed for renovations; grand reopening June 17)
What it is: A thick hunk of ice cream sandwiched between two delicate French meringue-based wafers

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Classic soft serve cone

Where to get it: Mr. K’s Soft Ice Cream, 2107 South Boulevard, Charlotte NC 28203
What it is: You know the drill — a generous mountain of perfectly swirled ice cream (chocolate, vanilla or both twisted). Get it dipped to add a crunchy chocolate shell. You should also try the snowball, layers of Italian ice and ice cream.

Gelato on a stick

Where to get it: Popbar, 3123 N. Davidson Street, Charlotte NC 28205
What it is: Frozen gelato or sorbetto pops dipped in your choice of chocolate and toppings

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Rolled ice cream

Where to get it: Jolly Rolls Ice Cream, 10020 Monroe Road, Matthews NC 28105
What it is: Ice cream prepared in a thin layer on a frozen slab and then scraped into tidy little rolls. It takes about 2 minutes. Don’t get it? Watch the video below.

Rainbow bowl

Where to get it: Rico’s Acai, 510 S. College Street, Charlotte NC 28202
What it is: Frozen pureed fruit topped with a rainbow of diced fresh fruit. Top it off with Nutella or almond butter.

Prosecco pops

Where to get it: Sycamore Brewing, 2161 Hawkins Street, Charlotte NC 28203
What it is: Literally a glass of prosecco with a King of Pops popsicle in it. You can also find this drink at City Lights Rooftop where it’s called the Sparkle & Pop.

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Where to get it: La Michoacana Paleteria and Cocos Locos
What it is: Frozen pops usually made with fresh fruit juice and chunks of real fruit

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Bubblegum paleta at Cocos Locos

Dunkaroo ice cream cookie sandwich

Where to get it: Golden Cow Creamery, 170 W. Summit Avenue, Charlotte NC 28203
What it is: Homemade Dunkaroo ice cream sandwiched between two Gateau Baking Company sprinkle sugar cookies

HEX latte popsicle

Where to get it: King of Pops, 2500 Dunavant Street, Charlotte NC 28203
What it is: For when cold brew isn’t cold enough and iced coffee isn’t icy enough — frozen pops made with HEX Coffee’s cold brew, cream and sugar

Shave ice

Where to get it: Tropical Snow, 4201 Park Road, Charlotte NC 28209
What it is: A mound of shaved ice topped with your choice of flavored syrup. Find it in the old Park Road Key Shop hut at Park Road Shopping Center.


Where to get it: Kindred, 131 N. Main Street, Davidson NC 28036
What it is: Basically a wine slushie — rosé sweetened with fruit juice, frozen and blended up.

Shaved ice cream

Where to get it: Tea Fusion Cafe, 440 E. McCullugh Drive, Charlotte NC 28262
What it is: Delicate ribbons of shaved ice cream topped with jellies, popping pearls, mochi, beans or taro chunks

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Pitaya bowl

Where to get it: Clean Juice, multiple locations
What it is: A naturally hot pink frozen blend of pitaya (dragonfruit), mango, banana and almond milk topped with granola, chia seeds, goji berries and coconut flakes

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