Frozen desserts will always be a fan favorite, but nothing makes them more desirable than a hot summer day. A refreshing dessert will always make your day better, whether you’re spending the day by the pool or just need a break from work. But while the endless supply of different categories of ice cream might seem like the perfect choice for cooling off, there are a few underrated competitors that could become your new favorite summer desserts. Northern Virginia may have a huge array of ice cream parlors, but luckily there’s also a plethora of classic and quirky popsicles, shaved ice, and ice cream shops ready for your visit.
Frozen Ice Cream
If the Food Network recommends Goodies Frozen Custard, isn’t it mandatory to try? It was voted the fourth best food truck in the country, but the walk-in shack in Alexandria is just as awesome and worth a visit. With its nostalgic ’50s aesthetic and legendary ice cream mixed with toppings like Oreos, buttered pecans and caramel, there’s no better place to go for a day of frozen dessert. 200 Commerce Street, Alexandria
Almost everyone you meet will agree that the ice cream is delicious. So imagine eating ice cream, but in popsicle form. Pretty awesome combination, right? Fantasticks is an artisanal ice cream and personalized popsicle shop that can cater to any craving or diet. It offers over 40 awesome flavors and a selection of vegan options, making it the perfect first stop on your frozen dessert trek. 44715 Thorndike Street, Ashburn; 7953 Tysons Corner Center
Magnolia Dessert Bar & Cafe
If you choose to visit Magnolia Dessert Bar & Coffee for your next sweet treat craving, you are sure to be wowed by both the food and the undeniably elegant decor. Although it has a long list of desserts and sweet drinks that you’ve probably never heard of but are delicious nonetheless, the shaved ice selection should be high on your list to try. Named “Bing’s Bing’s Snow Ice”, the shaved ice variations will suit all tastes, from green tea ice cream to chocolate flavors. It may not be the cheapest option for a frozen dessert, but you will definitely be mesmerized by its uniqueness. 431 Maple Avenue West, Vienna
Kulfi pops aren’t your average popsicle, but Dessert Lounge will inspire even the most cautious palate to embrace the flavorful dessert. In an effort to bring more recognition to Southeast Asian cuisine in Northern Virginia, this trendy restaurant is offering an alternative to your classic fruit popsicle and bringing you an ice cream popsicle. With rich creaminess and a unique flavor, this decadent dessert is more refreshing and satisfying than you might imagine. 348 Elden Street, Herndon
Story of Siroo and Juk
Have you ever wondered what Korean shaved ice tastes like? Even if the answer to this question is no, you won’t be disappointed to try the many frozen desserts offered at Siroo & Juk Story. This DMV-based quaint Korean cafe is known for its tangy version of bingsoo, a Korean frozen dessert made with milk and often topped with red bean paste and assorted fruits. There are 15 varieties of bingsoo to try, so you’ll never be bored. 13830 Lee Road, Centerville; 4231 Markham Street, Annandale
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