During those hot summer days, there’s no better way to cool down than with a tasty, cold treat. And fortunately for you, Detroit’s got plenty of legendary spots for sweet treats. Read on for the best cold treats in and around Detroit.
Most Unique Flavors of Ice Cream:
22965 Woodward Ave
Ferndale, MI 48220
Since opening in August of 2010, Treat Dreams in Ferndale has built up quite a reputation. Each day, it features a rotating mix of 12 to 14 ice creams, two to three sorbets and two to three frozen yogurts. But here’s why Treat Dreams is different: it offers unique, innovative flavors like lemon basil, bananas foster, hot jalapeño, salty caramel, chocolate covered potato chip and Sunday breakfast. And if you have an idea for a new flavor you’d like to see, let the employees know and they’ll do their best to accommodate. It’s truly one of the most unique frozen treat experiences you’ll find in metro Detroit.
Biggest Variety of Cold Treats:
Stroh’s Ice Cream Parlor
3659 W Maple Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
Stroh’s, which has been in business since 1967, offers a wide variety of homemade ice cream and frozen yogurt as well as other tasty cold treats. You can purchase ice cream cakes, ice cream pies and Michigan-made Sander’s products including Sander’s fudge toppings and Sander’s Bumpy Cakes. In addition to the ice cream and cakes, Stroh’s also sells tasty cold treats like ice cream sodas made with your choice of ice cream, root beer and coke floats, Boston coolers, shakes, malts and hot fudge sundaes.
Best Homemade Ice Cream:
Vicky’s Homemade Ice Cream
26145 W Six Mile Road
Redford, MI 48240
Vicky’s is located on the outskirts of Detroit in nearby Redford. This shop specializes in old-fashioned, made-from-scratch ice cream. All ice cream is homemade by its resident ice cream chef Fred Inman, making a scoop from this place one of the most decadent ice cream options around town. Being homemade, Inman can have some creativity in his flavors. He exudes funky with options like peppermint stick chocolate chip, birthday cake with double frosting and carrot cake. Vicky’s interior screams old-school ice cream parlor, and you’ll find both hand-dipped and soft serve flavors on its menu. Vicky’s is rated five stars on nearly every review site you’ll find, which is a testament to its reputation as one of the best spots for frozen treats in Detroit.
Best Traditional Ice Cream:
Astoria Pastry Shop
541 Monroe St
Detroit, MI 48226
Astoria is a Greektown mainstay that has been around since 1971. It serves a variety of pastries, cakes, tortes, chocolates, cookies and frozen treats. You won’t find any crazy ice cream flavors here, just the standard stuff: chocolate, vanilla, butter pecan, cookies and cream, mint chocolate chip and several others. However, there’s great beauty in its simplicity. Ask for one of these great classics to be made into an ice cream cake for the perfect celebration dessert. Also, it’s a convenient spot to hit after a Tigers game in the summer months.
Best Crowd-Pleasing Ice Cream:
Ray’s Ice Cream
4233 Coolidge Highway
Royal Oak, MI 48073
Ray’s Ice Cream is a legendary ice cream parlor that’s been around since 1958. Ray’s serves up a variety of premium ice cream products and gourmet ice cream desserts that can be purchased at both its Royal Oak location and at various stores, markets and restaurants around the Detroit area. This is an obvious testament to its extensive fan following. It has 37 regular ice cream flavors including coffee, cinnamon and chocolate malt crunch, and seasonal flavors like confetti, egg nog, maple walnut and spumoni. Everyone can find a flavor they love.
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Scott Christ is a resident of Rochester Hills, MI who is passionate about all things local. He currently works as a copywriter for a healthcare communications firm in Ferndale. His work can be found at Examiner.com.