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33 Treats to Satisfy Your Summer Sweet Tooth


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.

33 Treats to Satisfy Your Summer Sweet Tooth Arkansas
Photo used with permission from Burton’s Creamery

Ice Cream Shops

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.

Dairy Bars: Malts, Milkshakes & More

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?

33 Treats to Satisfy Your Summer Sweet Tooth Arkansas
Used with permission from Sno Worries Sno Cones

Snow Cones and Shaved Ice

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

Other Cold Treat Specialties

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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Keisha (Pittman) McKinney lives in Northwest Arkansas with her chicken man and break-dancing son. Keisha is passionate about connecting people and building community, seeking solutions to the everyday big and small things, and encouraging others through the mundane, hard, and typical that life often brings. She put her communications background to work as a former Non-profit Executive Director, college recruiter and fundraiser, small business trainer, and Digital Media Director at a large church in Northwest Arkansas. Now, she is using those experiences through McKinney Media Solutions and her blog @bigpittstop, which includes daily adventures, cooking escapades, #bigsisterchats, the social justice cases on her heart, and all that she is learning as a #boymom! Keisha loves to feed birds, read the stack on her nightstand, do dollar store crafts, cook recipes from her Pinterest boards, and chase everyday adventures on her Arkansas bucket list.

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5 responses to “33 Treats to Satisfy Your Summer Sweet Tooth”

  1. alda ellis says:

    wow! Thanks to you I now have a long bucket list for the summer! At our summer weddings, we are seeing lots of sweet treats …this was full of wonderful ideas!

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