A post written by two of my favorite preteens who know good dessert…
Do you think we’ll see NWArk freeze this weekend? Even if we don’t, there are many mouthwatering frozen treats in Fayetteville. We happen to have five favorites. No matter the conditions we would never pass up the opportunity to go to these places.
1. Bobo’s Ribbon Ice is by far the best frozen dessert shop we have visited in Northwest Arkansas. Ribbon Ice is a cross between ice cream and shaved ice. It is a pureed mixture of milk or water, sugar and fresh fruits served finely shaved after going through a special machine. Ribbon ice has a very cool texture and it melts in your mouth. It is one great flavorful option! We recommend the strawberry ribbon ice with fresh strawberries on top.
2. Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery makes their ice cream fresh in the store with dairy from local farms. They offer a great variety of flavors and extensive toppings that are combined on a cold marble slab. Birthday Cake and Red Velvet cake are always favorites when we visit. Next time you go to Maggie Moo’s, ask for samples and try them out.
3. Andy’s Frozen Custard obviously serves custard. What is custard? It’s a frozen dessert made with egg yolks and it’s even creamier than ice cream. Andy’s add a touch of pizzazz to the best old-fashioned flavors in the forms of their famous concrete with mix-ins, sundaes, banana splits, floats, shakes, and malts. Because this is the south you can also order sweet tea if you’d like.
4. Orange Leaf is the place to go if you’re looking for amazing frozen yogurt. The tarty flavors compliment the amazing variety of toppings. They have something enjoyable for everyone. There is low-fat and sugar free froyo with fruit toppings for those looking for a healthier option. For those who aren’t counting calories, Orange Leaf offers plenty of candy, syrups, and sprinkles.
5. Shake’s Frozen Custard competes with Andy’s since they both offer frozen custard. We just can’t decide which one we like better! Shakes has a variety of sundaes, banana splits, concretes with mix-ins, floats, shakes, and malts… but they also offer delicious cakes. Shakes doesn’t offer inside seating, but they do offer a drive-through for quick and easy access to frozen goodness.
If you get snowed in this winter and can’t get to any of these frozen dessert shops, this is our favorite snow ice cream recipe that you can make at home. You should always keep a can of Eagle Brand Condensed Milk and Vanilla Extract on hand in the winter when you live in Arkansas so you’ll always be prepared for a surprise snow day.
Snow Ice Cream
Bowl of fresh snow (about 8 cups)
1 can of Eagle Brand Condensed Milk
1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
Combine and stir these three ingredients. Enjoy!
If you live in NWA, I hope you learned about some new frozen treats. If you adore any other great ice cream shops around town, comment on this post and let everyone know. If you’re visiting, hopefully we’ve helped you plan at least one of your snacks. If you’re relocating to NWArk, I hope this post gave you a glimpse of our area. It’s a great place to live! If you try these ice cream shops, I’d love to see you Around Town! Post your pictures to Facebook or Instagram and tag me.