With summer in full swing, it's time to seek out refreshing treats that will provide that much-needed cooldown. Luckily, Southwest Missouri offers an array of options, including ice cream, frozen custard, and shaved ice, to satisfy your cravings. Join me as we explore some fantastic establishments in the scenic Ozarks, where you can indulge in delightful frozen snacks!

Toadally Tasty Shaved Ice

Toadally Tasty Shaved Ice

One of Springfield’s newest food trucks, Toadally Tasty Shaved Ice is handcrafted Hawaiian shaved ice with 30 different flavors to choose from! Maybe you have choosers anxiety and don’t know which delicious flavor to go with, then pick from the favorites category. Over the Rainbow is cherry, banana, and blue raspberry, topped with ribbon candy. Or maybe you are feeling a bit patriotic and want the A-Bear-Ica that is cherry, clear green apple, and blue raspberry topped with gummy bears! Watch their social media to see where they will pop up next.

Sno Bubble Tea

Sno Bubble Ice Cream

Taiyaki ice cream has arrived in Springfield! Sno Bubble Tea is known for their wide variety of bubble tea, made with tasty fruit teas, and popping boba, but now they have a brand-new item, the Taiyaki soft serve ice cream. Taiyaki is a fish shaped dessert that is like a waffle cone. Sno Bubble Tea will fill the Taiyaki with your choice of filling. You can choose from Nutella, strawberry jam, or salted caramel, to name just a few. Then they will top it with soft server ice cream and top it with an assortment of delicious items like, Oreo crumbles, Biscoff, or sprinkles.

Address: 2825 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield (Inside the Battlefield Mall.)

Sno Ballz

Sno Ballz Ozark MissouriWhile shaved ice is their specialty, I find myself irresistibly drawn to the flavor burst ice cream at Sno Ballz. This delightful treat features velvety vanilla soft serve that can be customized with up to three tantalizing flavors of your choice.

The options are plentiful, ranging from classic favorites like banana, blue coconut, and chocolate to more indulgent selections like butter pecan, cheesecake, coffee, cotton candy, and strawberry. For an extra touch of deliciousness, you can opt to have your flavor burst cone rolled in a delightful sprinkling of colorful sprinkles. 

Address: 1751 James River Road, Ozark

Andy’s Frozen Custard

Andy's Frozen Custard

Frozen custard holds a special place in my heart, surpassing even my love for ice cream. Andy's is a beloved establishment that satisfies my sweet tooth cravings throughout the year. Each person has their signature order, whether it's the indulgent Jack Hammer brimming with luscious hot fudge, the seasonal delight of a pumpkin pie concrete, or the comforting simplicity of a cup of velvety vanilla custard.

However, my ultimate favorite has to be the exquisite Ozark turtle. This divine creation features creamy vanilla custard generously adorned with decadent layers of hot fudge, crème caramel, roasted pecans, and crowned with a delightful cherry on top.

Multiple Locations

Pineapple Whip

Pineapple Whip Springfield, Missouri

Ever since I was a child, Pineapple Whip has been a cherished destination for me. Even as an adult, I find joy in exploring the town and seeking out their various carts, each offering unique and exclusive flavors. The pursuit of trying their rotating selection, including grape, strawberry-kiwi, lemon berry, and mango-peach, becomes a delightful and flavorsome adventure. However, there is an undeniable charm to the timeless classic: pineapple. When you spot the yellow stand with the hula girl on top, you know you’re in for a delicious treat.

Multiple Locations

Sweet EMOtion

Sweet EMOtion, initially established as a walk-up window on South Avenue, now has its own brick-and-mortar location in downtown Springfield. This delightful ice cream parlor takes pride in serving the community with a delectable, 100% vegan menu. Whether you're in the mood for gluten-free sundaes, custom shakes, or a refreshing cream slush made with Stubborn brand soda, consider your sweet tooth cured.

The options are limitless, allowing you to personalize your cone, bowl, shake, or pint with a choice of vanilla, chocolate, swirl, or a featured flavor. Elevate your creation with tempting additions such as brownie bites, teddy grahams, or strawberry shortcake, and indulge in the irresistible allure of Reese's Peanut Butter sauce drizzled on top.

Address: 211 E. Walnut Street, Springfield

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