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If you spend any time outdoors in Arkansas during summer, you desire one thing. A cold summertime treat! You need something to cool you off when Arkansas always shows up with that heatwave. Ice cream, snow cones, malts, and milkshakes are just about the only thing that can quench that internal feeling.
This roundup of over 30 Arkansas summertime treats will highlight sweet treats and summer eats around the state and frankly should have its roadmap designated for a summer cruise.
Photo used with permission from Burton’s Creamery
For many, ice cream shops hold very specific summer memories. Whether a favorite flavor, sharing a cup with a grandparent or making a consistent stop on an annual vacation, homemade ice cream right off the spoon is usually the quintessential taste of summer.
Often combined with a great burger and a fried side, malts and milkshakes are all over Arkansas in small dairy bars and drive-up windows. Don’t let the lack of fancy keep you from approaching these buildings. Why mess up a good classic summer treat if it’s been working for more than 70 years in many of these spots?
Used with permission from Sno Worries Sno Cones
Shaved Ice and Sno Cones are usually synonymous with summer nights. And, when Hurricane Katrina moved some Cajuns north, anyone can enjoy the creamy ice in the snowball style. Don’t underestimate the weird flavor combinations from Tigers Blood, Frog in a Blender and Swamp Punch, drizzled with that sweet cream or sprayed with sour juice.
Photo used with permission from Paleteria Las Estrellas
There are always a few treats that never fit a category, but their taste and desire are unquenchable. A tall glass of liquid gold over ice or an ice cream treat in a new way is available in all four corners of Arkansas. Rolled ice cream, mangonada, and strawberry puddings have taken over the summer dessert menu, treats that bring cultural experiences to the mainstream consumer.
Cover photo courtesy of The Soda Jerk in Searcy.
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