Desserts

Miami's Seven Most Popular Frozen Treats for Hot Summer Days

This summer, restaurants and food trucks have debuted frozen concepts, such as Mr. Bing's shaved ice cream, which has made it difficult to choose what to eat on a hot day like today. 

So when temperatures soar well into the 90s, what's your pleasure? Is it a gelato, a nitro-treat, or an all-American ice-cream cone? More important, what's the difference between all of these chilly delights anyway? Here's a guide to what's what in the frozen-treat world — and where to get the best in Miami.
7. Vegan Juicecream 
When the vegan craze hit, people were quick to make a dairy-free alternative to America’s favorite frozen treat. Using coconut, cashew, or almond milk, they began to churn ice cream without a single drop of dairy. While some recipes are waterier than others and don’t always arrive at the desired consistency, vegan ice cream is generally a good substitute for the lactose-intolerant.

Where to find it:
Jugofresh's Juicecream is a mix of Jugofresh juice, coconut meat, dates, and juices. The all-natural dessert comes in small ($6.50) and large ($8.50) and is offered in several flavors. For a hint of spice, try the verano delicado P.A.M.pered ginger (with apple, pineapple, coconut meat, coconut water, orange, strawberry, mint, ginger, and maca extract).
6. Shaved Ice Cream
Based on a traditional Taiwanese and Korean dessert, shaved ice cream is the newest food trend to hit the United States. Made by shaving paper-thin ribbons off a huge cylindrical block, it's a treat that combines the fluffy texture of snow with the creaminess of ice cream. Because shaved ice cream uses low-fat milk instead of heavy cream, it's lighter than ice cream and can be enjoyed with a handful of sweet toppings.

Where to find it:
Mr. Bing, a food truck circulating the Magic City, was the first to introduce this dessert to the streets of Miami this past April. The truck can usually be spotted by the Wynwood Yard. To find Mr. Bing, track the truck at mrbing.com.
5. Sorbet
Slightly grainier than ice cream, sorbet is made with only two main ingredients: fruit and sugar. Sorbet is often used as a palate-cleanser between courses but can also be enjoyed at the end of a meal.

Where to find it:
Though the Frieze Ice Cream Factory may be famous for serving some of the best ice cream in Miami Beach, it also offers the finest sorbet in town. The dozen or so flavors, including watermelon and passionfruit, are refreshing but not too watery, and tart but not too tangy. If you’re feeling fancy, ask for the crowd favorite: champagne sorbet. 
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Nicola Haubold
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