In many states, ice-cream sales come to a grinding halt in the fall. Fortunately for Miamians, that's not the case in South Florida. With the mercury still hovering around 80 degrees, Magic City residents tend to keep cool by double-fisting an ice-cold boozy beverage in one hand and a sweet frozen treat in the other.
If it's the latter you crave, here's the inside scoop on ten of the best cure-all desserts in town. Ice cream and gelato shops sprinkled throughout Miami-Dade County have melted our hearts with their handmade flavors that range from traditional to wildly inventive. So enjoy a scoop or two of the Frieze's Cappuccino Chip or chow down on Azucar's beloved Abuela Maria. These frosty confections are perfect year-round.
Cherry Garcia on a cone
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10. Ben & Jerry’s
From concocting Half Baked and Chunky Monkey to Phish Food and Karamel Sutra Core, America’s favorite ice-cream guys have been cranking out cult-classic flavors with crazy names since 1978. The Coral Gables outpost (80 Aragon Ave.) never fails ice-cream connoisseurs seeking a sweet treat like your parents' favorite, Cherry Garcia, mixed with cherries and fudge flakes.
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9. Emack & Bolio’s
This Boston ice-cream import offers South Beach denizens freshly made mix-ins, including fan favorite Space Cake, cake batter ice cream with shortbread cookie pieces and chunks of red velvet cake. Praised by the New York Times and Good Housekeeping, E&B’s ice cream can also be served in outrageous cones dipped in sinful treats such as Rice Krispies and M&Ms Minis. Live-culture yogurts, smoothies, and chocolate barks are also available at 1915 Purdy Ave.
Maple soft serve with frosted pecans
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Get more bang for your buck at midtown’s favorite meet-up spot, known for its great food at great prices. Stop by for some of Gigi’s mini nondairy soft-serve cones for just $1 each. The Asian-fusion
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7. Latteria Italiana
Make your way to midtown for a taste of Italy at this cozy little gelateria (3301 NE First Ave., #101), serving espressos,
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A perfect midday or late-night pick-me-up, the Frieze’s Cappuccino Chip is a coffee lover’s dream, made with blended coffee, cinnamon, and chocolate flakes. If coffee isn't your thing, this Miami Beach storefront located off Lincoln Road (1626 Michigan Ave.) serves other euphoric kosher ice creams and sorbets, including Indian Mango, Key Lime Pie, and real liquor flavors such as Red Wine Sorbet and Rum Raisin. Hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!
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Science has never looked or tasted this good. Watch your made-to-order ice cream freeze in a blast of liquid nitrogen. This speedy process not only eliminates the use of artificial preservatives but also produces the creamiest ice cream. A list of f
Dulce de leche
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Ditch your diet for Argentina’s premier and all-natural
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3. Azucar Ice Cream Company
Nestled in the heart of Little Havana stands Miami’s legendary creamery Azucar (1503 SW Eighth St.), home of iconic Cuban and tropical flavors like flan, plátano
Avocado and caramelized nuts
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2. Bianco Gelato
Step back in time at this old-fashioned ice-cream shop that prides itself on simplicity and churning out Italian gelato the traditional way, handmade and GMO-free. Patrons of this Coconut Grove ice-cream parlor (3137 Commodore Plaza) enjoy Bianco's unique flavor combinations and delectable vegan options for every kind of sweet tooth. For a refreshing treat on a hot day, which in our case is every day, the avocado-and-caramelized-nuts flavor is every bit of perfection.
Lulu's Nitrogen Ice Cream
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1. Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream
Offering fresh, locally sourced ingredients, cute barn-like décor, friendly staff, and a one-of-a-kind experience, Lulu’s humbly welcomes guests to its downtown Miami home at 2001 Biscayne Blvd. Each flavor is made from scratch and is finished off with a splash of liquid nitrogen, ensuring the smoothest and richest ice cream you’ve ever tasted. It’s part magic, part science, and a whole lot of deliciousness. Just take a bite of the Hint of Mint or cinnamon, and you’ll taste the difference.