Summertime is all about creamy ice cream, frosty drinks and cool, sweet treats. Fortunately, Chandler is the perfect place to chill out with your favorite cone, scoop, popsicle or smoothie. From neighborhood ice cream shops and dessert boutiques, to boba spots and juice bars, a refreshing, frosty treat always just around the corner.
Screamery Ice Cream
With its hip-and-homey vibe, this family-owned spot is all you’ve ever wanted in an ice cream shop. Located at Overstreet in downtown Chandler, Screamery is known for its home-spun ice cream, pasteurized on-site and made with all-natural ingredients. Clocking in at 24 flavors—including such standouts as the Sweet Sonoran Dessert (honey ice cream with peanut butter swirl and toffee pieces)—the shop offers scoops, pints and quarts, as well as milkshakes and floats. Or try one of their specialty creations, such as the ice cream nachos featuring waffle chips drizzled with hot fudge and topped with a scoop of ice cream.
Map: 140 N. Arizona Ave. or (480) 597-3322
Taking cool treats to a whole other level is Snowtime, located in Dobson Park Plaza. Specializing in Korean desserts—think shaved ice (also known as “snow”), milk teas and golden fish buns—this popular shop is the place to go for unique, Instagram-worthy desserts. Treat yourself to soft-serve ice cream served in a fish-shaped mochi waffle cone, or a classic or specialty snow. Must-try flavors include the Golden Dust (red bean, mochi, almond flakes) and the Miss You Matcha (matcha tiramisu, Pocky sticks, strawberry, green tea ice cream).
Map: 2095 N. Dobson Road or (480) 268-7711
McMahon’s Ice Cream
Serving homemade, small-batch ice cream made fresh daily, McMahon’s is where locals go for some of the best ice cream in town. While classic flavors are on the menu (chocolate or vanilla, anyone?), so, too, are fun and tasty concoctions such as the Cookie Monster made with blue vanilla ice cream with pieces of Chips Ahoy and Oreo cookies, and the Java Jolt brimming with coffee ice cream, brownies and chocolate-covered espresso beans. Be sure to stop by as many times as you can this month, before the beloved ice cream shop closes its doors on August 1.
Map: 960 E. Warner Road or (480) 292-7255
When in Rome, have Italian ice. But when in Chandler, only paletas satisfies our cool cravings. Just ask the folks at Paletas Betty, perhaps the place to go for this traditional Mexican fruit and cream pop made with fresh ingredients. Owner Betty Alatorre has been sharing her favorite treat, inspired by her childhood days growing up in Michoacán, since 2010. Made from scratch, flavors include nuez (roasted pecan), piña con chile (spicy pineapple) and pepino paleta (cucumber with mint).
Map: 96 W. Boston St. or (480) 779-8080
Fruta Healthy Eating
Nothing cools you off on a hot day better than a refreshing cold-pressed juice or frosty smoothie. Fortunately, the choice is yours at Fruta Healthy Eating, where you can indulge in summer-worthy treats that aren’t just delicious, but good for you, too. Packed with seasonal ingredients at the peak of freshness, juices come in a variety of flavors, from the Glowing Skin (beets, carrots, orange, ginger), to the Immune Boost (carrots, apples, ginger, turmeric). Super-food smoothies can also be made with a vast array of fruits, milks and specialty add-ons.
Map: 222 E. Warner Road or (480) 361-4341
Serving handcrafted boba teas, shaved snow and desserts, Sumo Snow is the perfect spot to cool off this summer. Not sure what to have? The expansive menu gives you plenty of options to choose from, from sparkling waters, refreshing juices and flavored teas, to slushies, smoothies and the ever-popular shaved snow. Try the Strawberry Cheesecake with Japanese cheesecake bites, graham cracker and chocolate sauce, or the Ube made with a purple yam pudding, red beans, graham crackers and condensed milk.
Map: 5055 W. Ray Road or (480) 590-6624
Inspired by street snacks popular in Mexico, Fruit Daddy serves a variety of thirst-quenching drinks and refreshing desserts loaded with fresh fruit. Start off with the signature Daddy Drink, made with your choice of Red Bull or Monster on shaved ice with flavored syrup. Then try a Daddy’s Fruit filled with sliced fruit, spices and seasonings; or the Dirty Ice Cream made with ice cream, flavored syrup, condensed milk, whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Finally, you can’t go wrong with the Supreme Chamoyada, a smoothie-style mango drink with seasonings, mixed fruit, tamarind candy and peanuts.
Map: 920 N. Arizona Ave. or (480) 465-8029
Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
If you’ve never had gelati before, you’re in luck. The newest addition to Chandler’s ice cream scene is Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, located in Ocotillo. Made with layers of Italian ice swirled with soft ice cream, gelati is a dessert lover’s dream come true. Create your own treat by choosing from a gamut of flavors including strawberry lemon, orange smash, black cherry and sea salted caramel, among so many others.
Map: 4050 S. Alma School Road or (480) 702-0211