We all scream for ice cream, but in here, your servers will sing and dance, and maybe even juggle for you too. Going out for ice cream is truly an adventure here, where the selection is as entertaining as the staff. All ice cream is made fresh in the stores daily. Don't rush the experience. So many flavors, so many toppings, so make sure you leave yourself enough time to choose and then indulge in your creation. If you just cannot make up your mind, the company creations, such as Birthday Cake Remix, with cake batter ice cream, brownie, rainbow sprinkles and fudge, will surely satisfy any craving you might have. Look for more kids' flavors this summer, including watermelon sorbet, and ask about the world's largest ice cream social, where all stores will give away ice cream creations created by a child of the Make A Wish Foundation in exchange for donations. All proceeds go to local chapters. In the fall, Coldstone plans to introduce some "healthier" menu items as well as some special kids' and family programs.
MIAMI-DADE COUNTYJUDGES' CHOICE
Flamingo's Frozen Yogurt 12505 S. Dixie Highway, Miami 305-254-3763
For more than 17 years, this neighborhood place close to Pinecrest Park has served tasty and healthy desserts for the whole family. Frozen yogurt choices include low-carb, low-fat and fat-free varieties of tantalizing flavors such as caramel or fudge. This is the place to go to treat yourself to something special and still be sensible. Special offerings for kids include a 3-ounce soft-serve cup with one scoop of topping or a 3-ounce soft-serve cone. Flamingo's also rewards honor-roll students in local elementary schools with a free ice cream.
Kilwins 758 N. University Drive, Coral Springs, 954-227-5599 809 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-523-8338 1727 Main St., Weston, 954-385-9033 www.kilwins.com Additional locations in Palm Beach County.
Carvel Ice Cream 255 Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton, 561-394-0411 9176 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-482-1600 6608 Hypoluxo Road, Lake Worth, 561-966-7289 13860-40 Wellington Trace, Palm Beach, 561-753-1918 5901 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 561-588-7853 2076 Haverhill Road N., West Palm Beach, 561-689-1917 Additional locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
Super-smooth Carvel Ice Cream has been a part of Florida since the 1950s. The high quality, premium ice cream is made fresh daily in stores. Traditional favorites include their world-famous soft-serve ice cream cones, one-of-a-kind ice cream cakes layered with chocolate crunchies, and novelties such as the Flying Saucer and Brown Bonnet. Brings back memories, doesn't it? But Carvel continues to grow with the times, introducing Sundae Dashers (sundaes in portable cups) and Cake Mix Carvelaches (blended ice cream and toppings) in the past year. Kiddie cups and cones are available at participating locations.
Maggie Moo's Commons at Royal Palms 577 North State Road 7, Royal Palm Beach, 561-791-9161 Coming soon to Boynton Beach Mall and Palm Beach Gardens. Additional locations in Davie and Fort Lauderdale. www.maggiemoos.com
Below Zero Gourmet Ice Cream 10901 N. Military Trail Palm Beach Gardens, 561-799-2888
JUDGES' CHOICE Sloan's 112 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561-833-3335 Mizner Park, Boca Raton, 561-338-9887 Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, 561-627-4301 www.sloansonline.com
Being recognized by the Travel Channel for having one of the world's best bathrooms is probably not the reason this place comes highly recommended from our judges, but you have to admit, that distinction does make you curious. The bathroom doors are clear, transparent glass, giving customers a clear view of the interior, but after the door is locked, the glass fogs over and privacy is yours. That's a unique feature, no question. But it's the ice cream that keeps customers coming back for more. All flavors are made fresh daily in small batches at the Clematis Street store, then delivered to the other stores as well as some area restaurants. Sloan's uses all-natural, fresh ingredients, including the finest French chocolate and Madagascar vanilla. Even the brownies, apple pie and cookies that are crumbled into some of the flavors are made fresh from scratch daily. Kids will act like, well, kids in a candy shop when they delve into Sloan's Treasure Box: sundae-circus ice cream (blue cotton-candy flavor) with multicolored gummi bears and fudge topping served in a plastic box with a lock and key. Adults might prefer "coffee and doughnuts" -- light coffee ice cream with cut-up Krispy Kreme doughnuts in the mix. Sloan's also offers homemade cookies, cakes, candy, novelty items and a colorful, entertaining environment -- including ceilings hand-painted with angels and candy. Sounds like heaven, doesn't it?
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