Favorite ice cream shops in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, and … – The Arizona Republic

You don’t have to check the weather reports to know that Mother Nature has turned on the oven and doesn’t plan to turn off the switch for a while.
This is a sure sign that ice cream season is underway. July is National Ice Cream month, so why not celebrate appropriately?
In cities around the Valley, from Phoenix to Mesa, Gilbert to Laveen, Scottsdale to Glendale, there are ice cream innovators churning out unique flavors to help you beat the heat. Head to one of these 15 shops to chill out with treats like Thai ice cream rolls, vegan cones, and ice cream concoctions that range from classic to completely customized. You’ll be feeling frosty with the first spoonful.
This fun Mexican ice cream hot spot pushes the flavor town envelope with an ever-changing collection that flaunts pleasers like rocky road, guava, prickly pear, pico de gallo, rose petal and, wait for it…avocado. Get your choice by the scoop ($4) or pint ($9).
Details: 2328 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. 602-449-9236, instagram.com/cucara_macara_icecream.
This legendary ice cream shop first started serving cool relief in 1951 and remains a sentimental favorite for longtime Phoenicians craving its 16% butterfat ice cream made onsite. Flavors ($3.49-$5.89) range from classic strawberry and butter pecan to contemporary favorites like burgundy cherry and salted caramel cashew. Wax nostalgic with cotton candy and black licorice options. Through Labor Day, enjoy seasonal peach.
Details: 2302 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-626-5996, marycoyleaz.com.
This family-run shop’s lineup ($3-$5.50) features perennial go-to’s like sea salt caramel and chocolate chip. Look for flavors of the moment like bubble gum, mocha crunch and peaches and cream. One of the most popular is Superman – the enigmatic combination that originated in Michigan which unites cherry, banana and Blue Moon and gives a marshmallowy-fruity vibe. Crepes and waffles are made from scratch in-house.
Details: 15414 N. 19th Ave, Phoenix. 602-354-4661. Also, 11649 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix. 602-331-3383, peacecream.com.
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Get wowed with offerings ($3-$5.75) like Vietnamese coffee, toasted coconut, cookies and mint, and double chocolate. German chocolate, dulce de leche, peaches ‘n honey and Italian cherry are among the rotating flavors. Traditional cookie and candy toppings (50 cents each) are ready for sprinkling, but in-house from-scratch accouterments ($1) like salted caramel, hot fudge and chocolate toffee make these frosty treats even more binge-worthy.
Details: 5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-279-8024, churnaz.com.
At Rewind you can have your breakfast and eat your dessert too. Choose from cereal-infused ice creams in signature menu items ($7) like these: the Minions Treat infused with Frosted Flakes and garnished with more Frosted Flakes, banana and chocolate drizzle; the Caramel Apple mixed with Apple Jacks and topped graham cracker crumbs, cheesecake bites and a caramel drizzle; or the Fruity Tooty with Froot Loops and strawberries garnished with Fruity Pebbles and gummy bears. Or, get a single ($4) or double ($6) scoop from the rotating lineup that features flavors like brown butter, bourbon caramel toffee and cinnamon apple pie. Opt for the vegan blueberry cardamom or vegan vanilla coconut for $1 more.
Details: 3245 W. Ray Road, Chandler. 480-466-0079. Also, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. 602-935-7746, rewindtreats.com.
Coconut caramel macadamia nut, Hawaiian sea salt caramel, banana cream pie, lychee, praline pecan and Kona mocha chip are among the three-dozen rotating varieties at this cozy ice cream shop. Get your choice in a cup ($3.65-$6.40) or ice cream sandwich ($6). Be prepared to respond with a smile and resounding “yes” when asked if you want your order with “a surprise,” which is free.
Details: 9397 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. 480-889-4901, scoopandjoy.com.
Twelve small batch, handcrafted daily rotating flavors include tempters like bourbon caramel toffee crunch, honey lavender and Fat Elvis (made with peanut butter, honey-glazed banana and, of course, bacon). Toppings (50 cents each) include Fruity Pebbles, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, marshmallow charms and Cookie Crisp. Get one, two or three scoops ($3.50-$5.50). If you can’t decide, order the “Indecision” a flight of five scoops that includes one topping ($10). Our favorite is the Dough Melt ($5.50), a warm glazed doughnut bun stuffed with ice cream and the topping of your choice.
Details: 1028 Grand Ave., #6, Phoenix. 602-373-2235. Also, 40 N. Macdonald St., Mesa. 602-784-4729, facebook.com/NovelPHX.
All ice creams ($1.84-$6.99) are made in-house at this bright and airy award-winning shop. Oatmeal cookie, vegan haupia, taro, Recess Peanut Butter Cup and chocolate overload packed with brownies and fudge will make choosing just one flavor difficult. If it helps, the top seller is their original Laveen Concrete Mix – a caramel based ice cream with graham cracker crumbs, chocolate crunch and caramel swirls.
Details: 5150 W. Baseline Road, Laveen. 602-237-0254, scooptacular.net.
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About two-dozen dazzling handmade flavors fill the freezers at this iconic ice cream boutique. Look for limited releases throughout the year, like churro, white chocolate coconut, sweet corn and sweet berry cobbler. Salted butter caramel swirl, real mint chip, peaberry espresso, blue moon and brown butter pecan are reliable case fillers. Get them by the scoop ($3.85-$6.75) or the pint ($9.50).
Details: 410 N. Scottsdale Road, Tempe. 480-292-8557. Also, 9160 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. 480-248-6979. Other locations at sweetrepublic.com.
Nami’s creamy, soy-based vegan ice cream pledges to make even die-hard fans of the dairy-based version forget there’s no actual cream in it. There are 18 signature creations ($6-$6.50), including PB ‘n J, chai tiramisu and Coffee Coco Loco. The Fluffynutter’n unites organic peanut butter, banana, marshmallows and toasted marshmallow syrup, while the Haystack Attack combines organic chocolate syrup, pretzels, coco cereal and marshmallows. Feeling adventurous? The Mash, a changing mystery combo, is for you.
Details: 2014 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. 602-258-6264, tsoynami.com.
Arizona dairy is at the heart of the frosty treats emerging from this ice cream and baked goods shop. The daily rotating menu offers varieties like coconut cream pie, salted caramel, birthday cake and Kitchen Sink – yummy leftover baked goodies mixed into vanilla ice cream ($3-$5), all made fresh daily. Get your selection topped with chocolate toffee, dipped pretzels, salty caramel, candy or fruit (50 cents each). Finish it with sprinkles, whipped cream or a cherry on top for free.
Details: 8120 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. 480-275-2676, sweetprovisionsaz.com.
Take a jaunt to this quaint downtown Glendale spot for a kid-sized (83 cents-$3.03) or adult-sized ($4.68-$6.06) serving of ice cream churned by local producer Karen’s Kreamery. Flavors include the likes of bubble gum, black cherry, Biscoff butter cookie and vegan Oreo cookie. Or, indulge with the Monster Cookie concoction of vanilla ice cream packed with Oreo, chocolate chip and vanilla wafer cookies.
Details: 7146 N. 58th Ave., Glendale. 623-915-4438, papaedsicecream.com.
The always-changing rotation at Mighty Moo boasts at least 30 flavors at any given time, and sometimes changes several times a day. Order single, double or triple scoops ($3.25-$5.75) of made-onsite flavors like salted caramel butter pecan, maple walnut, red pepper chocolate, churro cookie and cotton candy.
Details: 11122 W. Alabama Ave., Youngtown. 623-214-6532, mightymooicecream.com.
This is the place to get your Thai ice cream roll fix. Choose the size ($5.50-$6.50) and  base of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or green tea, and watch your icy concoction get spun before your eyes. Ponder the lineup of signature combos like Oreo-Rocher Love (Oreos and Ferrero Rocher chocolate and hazelnut candy), Matcha Shock (green tea, strawberries and coconut) or Strawberry Shawty (strawberries, Nutella and chocolate brownie pieces). Prefer the hands-on approach? You can build your own roll with toppings like animal crackers or the popular Japanese chocolate-covered biscuit stick Pocky. Finishing syrup options include white chocolate, caramel and sweetened condensed milk.
Details: Arrowhead Towne Center, 75th Avenue and Bell Road, Glendale. Also, Paradise Valley Mall, 4500 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix. Other locations at mayaicecreamrolls.com.
This liquid nitrogen ice cream spot has more than two-dozen base flavors loaded with nearly every childhood favorite – think frosted animal cookies and Cap’n Crunch – plus a long list of toppings spanning sweet and chocolatey to savory and nutty.  Decision-making is easier if you go with one of the signature creations ($7.50-$9.45), like the Captain’s Breakfast, which is made with the aforementioned Cap’n Crunch ice cream, strawberries, bananas and Nutella topped with whipped cream; or the Caramel Brownie Batter, made with piles of brownie bark and batter, caramel and whipped cream on top of chocolate ice cream; or the Quantum Coffee combo of milk coffee ice cream, Heath, almonds, caramel and whipped cream.
Details: 335 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. 480-292-8651. Also, 15345 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-912-5100, creamistry.com.


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