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Frozen Treats To Enjoy In San Diego Right Now

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With temperatures forecasted to be higher than normal through Wednesday, we know that we'll be craving some cold, sweet relief in the coming days. What better way to achieve icy nirvana than with some flavorful frozen goodness; here are a dozen ideas for keeping cool? And check out our Ice Cream Map for some other tasty suggestions for beating the heat.

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1. Iceskimo

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4609 Convoy St Ste B
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 216-1111
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This Instagram-worthy spot for Taiwanese shaved snow has amassed a hugely popular following since its 2014 debut. The melt in your mouth ribbony goodness comes in six core flavors (salted caramel, strawberry, black sesame, green tea, lychee and original) with rotating seasonal summer specials like lemon and passion fruit. Go à la carte with the colorful array of toppings (fresh fruits, red beans, mochi), or try one of the pre-designed, favorite combos such as Bruce Lychee or Matcha Comin’ Atcha. PRICE POINT: $0.48/ 2oz.

2. Rockies Frozen Yogurt

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7604 Linda Vista Rd
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 268-0991
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This isn’t your regular self-serve frozen yogurt joint. While there are seven different portion sizes on offer (all generous), at almost 10oz. you can fit up to four flavors alone inside one of the smallest cups. With a regularly rotating menu, the hardest part about a visit to this charming mom-and-pop shop is deciding which of their current taste sensations (red velvet chocolate cake, black cherry tart, mango tango sorbet) to try next. PRICE POINT: $2.95 – $7.50

3. Viva Pops

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3330 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 795-1080
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Inspired by Mexican ‘paletas’ Lisa Altmann’s colorful creations are made using fruits sourced from local farms - fun and unusual flavors include Vietnamese coffee, passion fruit guava, avocado lime and strawberry coconut. Stop by the retail shop in Normal Heights to sample her wares, or look for the Viva Pops stand at Farmer's Markets around the county (Encinitas Oceanside, Hillcrest, Little Italy, Pacific Beach, La Jolla). Just in time for summer, these luscious lollipops are now available poolside at the Coronado Marriott. PRICE POINT: $3

4. Wahine Kai Shave Ice

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10545 Scripps Poway Pkwy Ste B
San Diego, CA 92131
(858) 831-0903
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While the strip-mall location of this Hawaiian-style shave ice emporium might not inspire, the myriad menu options and combinations certainly do. Create your own explosion of icy color and ‘Shave It Your Way’ with flavors including watermelon, tutti frutti, root beer and cherry, in either Kahuna (8oz.) or Big Kahuna (16oz.) sized cups. If you simply can’t decide, then any of the popular Hui Hui Combos (Hula Girl, Kona Luau, Waikiki) will do the hard work for you. PRICE POINT: $3.22 – $5.66, toppings 59 – 79¢.

5. Infini Tea

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4690 Convoy St #111
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 268-8836
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Ice milk drinks are a specialty at this traditional Taiwanese tearoom in Kearny Mesa. The premise is simple: take ice-cold milk, pick a flavor (caramel, coffee, grass tea) then add texture (red bean, lychee jelly), plus more ice and sugar as desired. Prepared in layers, as all bubble milk aficionados know, the secret to a well-balanced mix of flavors and sweetness is in the stirring. Counting calories? The plain pudding with warm, chewy honey boba has fifty percent less sugar than other menu options. PRICE POINT: $3.85 – $4.60

6. EscoGelato

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122 S Kalmia St
Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 745-6500
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This little gem does great locally roasted coffee in the mornings to get you started and then delicious, creamy housemade sorbets and gelatos until late (9 p.m.). Made fresh using fruit from the Escondido Farmers Market, a rotating selection of 18 flavors are served daily including favorites like pineapple, apricot goat cheese and limoncello. There are seasonal specialties to keep things interesting too, including fall favorite Pumpkin Cheesecake and a decadent Chocolate Ruby Port. PRICE POINT: $3.50 – $7.95

7. Chillbox Greek Frozen Yogurt

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214 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 534-8285
Freshly opened in the East Village near Petco Park, this European transplant specializes in wholesome Greek frozen yogurt made with all natural ingredients. The frozen treat comes in a variety of flavors, with a host of optional toppings, from fruit to candy and local honey.

8. Pappalecco

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4202 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 677-8364
At Papalecco's newest Kensington location, the from-scratch gelato is made on-site. Owned and operated by brothers Francesco and Lorenzo Bucci, this colorful café is well known for its innovative (and incredibly delicious) gelato croissant creation. From cups and cones, to take home pints - gelato flavors can be enjoyed solo or mixed and matched to your hearts content. Popular picks include pistachio, hazelnut and signature Pappalecco. For the ultimate caffeine fix try the Affogato - an espresso shot poured over a gelato scoop of your choice.

9. iDessert

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1608 India St Ste 104
San Diego, CA 92101
This do-it-yoursef dessert shop is the brainchild of master pastry chef Jean-Phillippe Maury, whose invention features customizable treats layered with homemade gelato and sorbet, plus meringue, cake, sauces, toppings and more, all programmed via iPad.

10. Nevería Tocumbo #4

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Newton Ave.
San Diego, CA 92113
We're partial to the paletas (frozen pops) at this Mexican frozen treats shop with several locations; other cool speciality items include ice cream in a variety of flavors and raspados — shaved ice topped with sweet syrups.

11. Bobboi Natural Gelato

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8008 Girard Ave
San Diego, CA 92037
(858) 405-0624
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Bobboi’s gelato selections are made in-house daily and incorporate fresh, seasonal ingredients from farms and markets in Southern California. New spring flavors at this quaint La Jolla parlor include a tribute to sunny California with their newest flavor CALI, a (carrot, apple, avocado, Meyer lemon and ginger; the Mother’s Day inspired mimosa gelato; and dark chocolate sorbet – a smooth blend of French Valrhona cocoa and dark chocolate.

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1. Iceskimo

4609 Convoy St Ste B, San Diego, CA 92111
This Instagram-worthy spot for Taiwanese shaved snow has amassed a hugely popular following since its 2014 debut. The melt in your mouth ribbony goodness comes in six core flavors (salted caramel, strawberry, black sesame, green tea, lychee and original) with rotating seasonal summer specials like lemon and passion fruit. Go à la carte with the colorful array of toppings (fresh fruits, red beans, mochi), or try one of the pre-designed, favorite combos such as Bruce Lychee or Matcha Comin’ Atcha. PRICE POINT: $0.48/ 2oz.
4609 Convoy St Ste B
San Diego, CA 92111

2. Rockies Frozen Yogurt

7604 Linda Vista Rd, San Diego, CA 92111
This isn’t your regular self-serve frozen yogurt joint. While there are seven different portion sizes on offer (all generous), at almost 10oz. you can fit up to four flavors alone inside one of the smallest cups. With a regularly rotating menu, the hardest part about a visit to this charming mom-and-pop shop is deciding which of their current taste sensations (red velvet chocolate cake, black cherry tart, mango tango sorbet) to try next. PRICE POINT: $2.95 – $7.50
7604 Linda Vista Rd
San Diego, CA 92111

3. Viva Pops

3330 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
Inspired by Mexican ‘paletas’ Lisa Altmann’s colorful creations are made using fruits sourced from local farms - fun and unusual flavors include Vietnamese coffee, passion fruit guava, avocado lime and strawberry coconut. Stop by the retail shop in Normal Heights to sample her wares, or look for the Viva Pops stand at Farmer's Markets around the county (Encinitas Oceanside, Hillcrest, Little Italy, Pacific Beach, La Jolla). Just in time for summer, these luscious lollipops are now available poolside at the Coronado Marriott. PRICE POINT: $3
3330 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

4. Wahine Kai Shave Ice

10545 Scripps Poway Pkwy Ste B, San Diego, CA 92131
While the strip-mall location of this Hawaiian-style shave ice emporium might not inspire, the myriad menu options and combinations certainly do. Create your own explosion of icy color and ‘Shave It Your Way’ with flavors including watermelon, tutti frutti, root beer and cherry, in either Kahuna (8oz.) or Big Kahuna (16oz.) sized cups. If you simply can’t decide, then any of the popular Hui Hui Combos (Hula Girl, Kona Luau, Waikiki) will do the hard work for you. PRICE POINT: $3.22 – $5.66, toppings 59 – 79¢.
10545 Scripps Poway Pkwy Ste B
San Diego, CA 92131

5. Infini Tea

4690 Convoy St #111, San Diego, CA 92111
Ice milk drinks are a specialty at this traditional Taiwanese tearoom in Kearny Mesa. The premise is simple: take ice-cold milk, pick a flavor (caramel, coffee, grass tea) then add texture (red bean, lychee jelly), plus more ice and sugar as desired. Prepared in layers, as all bubble milk aficionados know, the secret to a well-balanced mix of flavors and sweetness is in the stirring. Counting calories? The plain pudding with warm, chewy honey boba has fifty percent less sugar than other menu options. PRICE POINT: $3.85 – $4.60
4690 Convoy St #111
San Diego, CA 92111

6. EscoGelato

122 S Kalmia St, Escondido, CA 92025
This little gem does great locally roasted coffee in the mornings to get you started and then delicious, creamy housemade sorbets and gelatos until late (9 p.m.). Made fresh using fruit from the Escondido Farmers Market, a rotating selection of 18 flavors are served daily including favorites like pineapple, apricot goat cheese and limoncello. There are seasonal specialties to keep things interesting too, including fall favorite Pumpkin Cheesecake and a decadent Chocolate Ruby Port. PRICE POINT: $3.50 – $7.95
122 S Kalmia St
Escondido, CA 92025

7. Chillbox Greek Frozen Yogurt

214 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
Freshly opened in the East Village near Petco Park, this European transplant specializes in wholesome Greek frozen yogurt made with all natural ingredients. The frozen treat comes in a variety of flavors, with a host of optional toppings, from fruit to candy and local honey.
214 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101

8. Pappalecco

4202 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
At Papalecco's newest Kensington location, the from-scratch gelato is made on-site. Owned and operated by brothers Francesco and Lorenzo Bucci, this colorful café is well known for its innovative (and incredibly delicious) gelato croissant creation. From cups and cones, to take home pints - gelato flavors can be enjoyed solo or mixed and matched to your hearts content. Popular picks include pistachio, hazelnut and signature Pappalecco. For the ultimate caffeine fix try the Affogato - an espresso shot poured over a gelato scoop of your choice.
4202 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

9. iDessert

1608 India St Ste 104, San Diego, CA 92101
This do-it-yoursef dessert shop is the brainchild of master pastry chef Jean-Phillippe Maury, whose invention features customizable treats layered with homemade gelato and sorbet, plus meringue, cake, sauces, toppings and more, all programmed via iPad.
1608 India St Ste 104
San Diego, CA 92101

10. Nevería Tocumbo #4

Newton Ave., San Diego, CA 92113
We're partial to the paletas (frozen pops) at this Mexican frozen treats shop with several locations; other cool speciality items include ice cream in a variety of flavors and raspados — shaved ice topped with sweet syrups.
Newton Ave.
San Diego, CA 92113

11. Bobboi Natural Gelato

8008 Girard Ave, San Diego, CA 92037
Bobboi’s gelato selections are made in-house daily and incorporate fresh, seasonal ingredients from farms and markets in Southern California. New spring flavors at this quaint La Jolla parlor include a tribute to sunny California with their newest flavor CALI, a (carrot, apple, avocado, Meyer lemon and ginger; the Mother’s Day inspired mimosa gelato; and dark chocolate sorbet – a smooth blend of French Valrhona cocoa and dark chocolate.
8008 Girard Ave
San Diego, CA 92037

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