5 Best: Frozen Treats

Summer’s heating up, so it’s time to take your kids (or a date, or just yourself) out for something frozen and cold.

1. Original Pineapple at Pineapple Whip
Find locations at pineapplewhip.com.
If you are a 417-lander who has never tasted Pineapple Whip, we need to have a word with you: What?! No excuses, just go try it. Its sweet and fruity flavor is a summertime classic in Springfield. You can order this nondairy pineapple soft serve in a cake cone or in a bowl. We prefer the cone; it makes us feel like a kid again. The Pineapple Whip is so light, so cold, so refreshing. It’s like the edible equivalent of jumping into a chilly swimming pool on the hottest day of summer. So keep your eyes peeled as you drive down Springfield streets, and look for Lulu, the shimmying hula girl on top of the tropical-themed truck. She’s your dessert siren. Don’t try to ignore her.

2. Root Beer Float
at Andy’s Frozen Custard
Find locations at eatandys.com.
The Andy’s root beer float is dramatically underrated. It’s made with Andy’s vanilla frozen custard and Sprecher root beer. The custard is creamy, thick, rich, decadent. The root beer is fizzy and not too sweet, the perfect complement. The best part is the froth. That creamy combo of soda, custard and carbonation that bubbles up and threatens to pour over the edge of the cup is one of the tastiest parts of this simple, nostalgic concoction.

3. Queen City Cayenne Ice Cream
at Elle’s Patisserie
1454 E. Cherry St., Springfield, 417-832-2171,
ellespatisserie.com
If you like the taste of a hot pepper kick with your chocolate, you’ll love this ice cream. It’s like a spicy truffle, but better because it’s cold. When you eat it, you get the sweet chocolate and the slight burn of the cayenne—but you’re instantly cooled off by the ice cream chill. It’s the perfect combo of delicious and interesting.

4. Turkish Roast Coffee Gelato
at Gelato Mio
207 Park Central East, Springfield, 417-831-0400, gelatomiousa.com
Gelato, in general, is something we just can’t get enough of. Every flavor is a super-flavor, with super-concentrated taste. The very best is the Turkish roast coffee. There are no added chocolate chunks. No little nibs of coffee beans. No swirls of caramel. It’s just coffee, plain and simple. But it’s a great real-coffee flavor in an extra smooth and creamy gelato. Every bite will remind of your favorite coffee shop brew, fresh off the espresso machine.

5. Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt
at Orange Leaf
Find locations at orangeleafyogurt.com/locations.
Here’s how to build our favorite yogurt bowl: Start with a heaping serving of peanut butter yogurt, then bury it in brownie hunks, waffle cone bits and mini pretzels. It’s crunchy and soft. It’s creamy and smooth. It’s salty and sweet. The peanut butter flavor is just-right, just what you’d want it to taste like if you yogurtified your favorite jar of the good stuff.

Honorable Mention:
We don’t know yet what food will be available at this year’s Ozark Empire Fair. But we have our fingers crossed that they’ll bring back the chocolate-covered frozen cheesecake on a stick. If it returns, then it would surely be a contender for one of the best frozen treats in 417-land.

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