8 of the Best Frozen Treats You Can Get in Milwaukee

Eight creamy, cooling ways to beat the summer heat.

1Tosa-made Scratch Ice Cream doesn’t hide its product under superfluous toppings. All you need is a crisp, homemade waffle cone. You won’t regret stuffing it with a scoop of salted caramel-waffle cone and another of Door County cherry. Find their scoop shop at Crossroads Collective. One to three scoops, $4-$6. (2238 N. Farwell Ave.)

2Leon’s, we bow to thee with a scoop of thick, nutty butter pecan in a cake cone. Two scoops? OK, twist our arm. Cones $2.12-$5.13. (3131 S. 27th St.)


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This story is taken from our June 2019 feature:
99 Days of Summer: Here’s Your 2019 Guide to Maximal Milwaukee Summer Fun



Mint chocolate chip and cookies and cream from Scratch Ice Cream; photo by Chris Kessler
3Don’s Diner takes over-the-top over the top with its ice cream shakes. Grab a friend and share a boozy chocolate-rum shake sprinkled with Oreo crumbs. And it’s crowned with a wedge of Oreo cheesecake! $12. (1100 S. First St.)

4Simple, fresh ingredients. Three words that define Pete’s Pops, whose avocado pop is creamy-lightly-sweet perfection on a stick. $2-$4. (3809 W. Vliet St.)

5Purple Door Ice Cream’s ice cream sandwich features two cookies from MKE’s Sugar and Flour Bakery and a great PD flavor. Can’t beat vanilla with chocolate chip cookies. (205 S. Second St.; Sherman Phoenix, 3536 W. Fond du Lac Ave.; and soon, Mequon Public Market, 6300 W. Mequon Rd.)

6The ultimate malt is heavy with extra malted milk powder. That creates the thick, sweet delight served at Tosa’s one-and-only Gilles. Try vanilla or hot fudge! $5-$7.50. (7515 W. Bluemound Rd.)


7The Mexican frozen mangonada is like a Slushie but it’s creamy and not as sweet. The fruity refreshment is packed with fresh chunks of mango, along with orange juice, a condiment called chamoy and chile-lime salt. It’s a specialty of La Michoacana. $5.50 or $6.50. (1224 S. Cesar Chavez Dr.)

8Don’t just get a sundae. Get a Special sundae, the majestic Kopp’s vanilla custard concoction topped with raspberry and pineapple sauces, sliced bananas, whole toasted pecans and hot fudge. $6.55. (7631 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield; 18880 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield; 5373 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale)

“Say Hello to Summer!” appears in the June 2019 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.