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South Florida’s 12 Most Unusual Frozen Dishes

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Besides hitting the beach and enjoying South Florida’s famously frigid thermostat settings, the region is full of refreshing culinary solutions to counter the sun’s unrelenting heat. Ice cream and gelato are obvious choices, but with so many diverse local options, there is little excuse not to try something new. Below is a list of some of South Florida’s more unique chilly delicacies to keep cool this summer.

Note: Venues are listed in geographical order from north to south.

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Robert Is Here

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Locals and tourists have been lining up at this Homestead fruit stand for decades to savor one of its milkshakes while perusing the selection of local produce and honeys. There is a list of perennial milkshake flavors, but the seasonal specialties made with exotic locally grown fruit are the real attraction here, and summertime offers the largest variety of these very South Florida treats. In keeping with current health trends, Robert is Here offers sugar-free and vegan smoothie options, too.

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Richie's Gourmet Italian Ices

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A mainstay in Little Italy neighborhoods around the United States, Italian ice is a light, water-based frozen treat that is softer than sorbet and comes in a myriad of flavors. Richie’s in Oakland Park has been serving Broward this traditional Italian refreshment for over 20 years. The takeout window features fruity flavors like cherry and watermelon, as well as vanilla chip and cotton candy, in servings as small as a cup and as large as a gallon.

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Minji’s Café

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Cold noodles are a summertime favorite enjoyed in many Asian countries, but Koreans taken them to the next level. Naengmyeon is a dish of cold, chewy buckwheat noodles in a slushy broth topped with cucumber, pear, hardboiled egg, and sometimes a slice of cold braised beef. Minji’s Café in Fort Lauderdale is a barebones Korean spot that offers this refreshing dish along with bibim naengmyeon. This spicy version of the iced noodle preparation is topped with a generous dollop of sweet, garlicky, chili sauce.

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Paris Morning Bakery

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In addition to its selection of baked goods, this local chain of Korean bakeries offers a selection of bingsoo. This popular Korean snack originated simply as shaved ice topped with sweet red beans. Contemporary versions, however, are much more baroque and can include ice cream, condensed milk, fruit, and cake. Paris Morning’s interpretations come in five different flavors, including green tea, chocolate, and mango. In addition to each bingsoo’s unique toppings, each one gets a scoop of ice cream and is big enough to share — or not.

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Sweet Tooth Shavery

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Halfway between ice cream and shaved ice, snow cream has been a staple in Taiwan’s tropical climate since it was invented there in the 70s. Sweet Tooth keeps things close to the Taiwanese original with typical flavors like milk tea and black sesame, as well as a summertime special made with local mangos. Each snow cream gets a drizzle of condensed milk and is garnished with traditional toppings that can include sweet red beans, puddings, or homemade rice or taro balls.

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SNOBALLS

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New Orleans summers can be brutally hot, but locals have devised a remedy to beat that heat in the form of snowballs. These extra fine shaved ices are doused in a nearly endless variety of syrups and typically finished with a generous squirt of condensed milk that dilutes as it mixes with the ice. Snoballs in Hollywood offers the complete Southern Louisiana experience from its typical shack-style digs to traditional flavors like nectar, similar to fruit punch or red cola.

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Lutong Pinoy Filipino Cuisine

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One of the very few Filipino eateries in South Florida, Lutong Pinoy offers an extensive menu of typical dishes in addition to one of the Philippines’ most beloved treats, halo halo. This drink/dessert hybrid is simultaneously filling, refreshing, and visually striking. It consists of shaved ice, milk, sweetened beans and tropical fruit, jellies, and ube ice cream made with purple-hued yams. It is difficult to imagine anything else with as many colors and textures in a single glass, and while the concoction may seem excessive, all the elements work flawlessly together.

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BRRRR Thai rolled ice cream

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This North Beach shop specializes in one of the newest trends in frozen desserts hailing from Thailand. Instead of churning ice cream until frozen and scooping it into balls, the ice cream batter is spread on a cold metal plate, mixed with flavorings, and then scraped into rolls that are neatly arranged into a cup and topped with a variety of goodies. BRRRR! offers a variety of flavor and topping combinations, including some very local options like key lime pie and dulce de leche.

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Bali Cafe

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Indonesia, located right on the Equator, has a cuisine that features many foods and beverages that help keep one cool in hot climates. Bali Café, Miami’s longstanding purveyor of Indonesian delicacies, offers a variety of icy desserts that are perfect for South Florida’s balmy summers. Menu items that contain the word es feature crushed ice with a variety of tropical fruits and syrups. The es campur – a perennial favorite in Indonesia – also contains creamy avocado. The es bali special is a deluxe version topped with gelatin and assorted Indonesian-style ice creams.

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La Michoacana

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Mexicans have elevated the simple ice pop to an art form with their paletas. La Michoacana is a popular purveyor of paletas in Mexico with outposts in Homestead and Miami. The selection is divided into water-based and milk-based varieties. Flavors can range from the expected to more unique flavors like cucumber and chili, salted plum (chamoy), and avocado. The paletas’ vibrant colors make them as visually appealing as they are tasty and refreshing.

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Raspados Loly's

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This iconic spot in Sweetwater’s “Little Managua” serves up Nicaragua’s unique take on shaved ice. It is famous for smothering its icy treats in dulce de leche, as well as traditional homemade preserves made with native fruits like nancito or jocote. The popular relleno option includes pieces of pound cake. For those wanting to taste it all, Loly’s offers a mega raspado (shaved ice) that includes all the flavors and toppings in one cup.

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Bahama Buck's

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This Texas import offers a variety of refreshing options to combat South Florida’s infamous summer heat, including frozen lemonades and iced coffee drinks. Bahama Buck’s biggest draws, though, are its shaved ices. It offers moer than 75 flavors of syrups, including a “Thin Ice” selection of sugar-free options. Every cup of shaved ice is finished with a signature paper umbrella in keeping with the tropical theme.

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Robert Is Here

Locals and tourists have been lining up at this Homestead fruit stand for decades to savor one of its milkshakes while perusing the selection of local produce and honeys. There is a list of perennial milkshake flavors, but the seasonal specialties made with exotic locally grown fruit are the real attraction here, and summertime offers the largest variety of these very South Florida treats. In keeping with current health trends, Robert is Here offers sugar-free and vegan smoothie options, too.

To Be Traveled Blog

Richie's Gourmet Italian Ices

A mainstay in Little Italy neighborhoods around the United States, Italian ice is a light, water-based frozen treat that is softer than sorbet and comes in a myriad of flavors. Richie’s in Oakland Park has been serving Broward this traditional Italian refreshment for over 20 years. The takeout window features fruity flavors like cherry and watermelon, as well as vanilla chip and cotton candy, in servings as small as a cup and as large as a gallon.

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Minji’s Café

Cold noodles are a summertime favorite enjoyed in many Asian countries, but Koreans taken them to the next level. Naengmyeon is a dish of cold, chewy buckwheat noodles in a slushy broth topped with cucumber, pear, hardboiled egg, and sometimes a slice of cold braised beef. Minji’s Café in Fort Lauderdale is a barebones Korean spot that offers this refreshing dish along with bibim naengmyeon. This spicy version of the iced noodle preparation is topped with a generous dollop of sweet, garlicky, chili sauce.

Bibim Naengmyeon
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Paris Morning Bakery

In addition to its selection of baked goods, this local chain of Korean bakeries offers a selection of bingsoo. This popular Korean snack originated simply as shaved ice topped with sweet red beans. Contemporary versions, however, are much more baroque and can include ice cream, condensed milk, fruit, and cake. Paris Morning’s interpretations come in five different flavors, including green tea, chocolate, and mango. In addition to each bingsoo’s unique toppings, each one gets a scoop of ice cream and is big enough to share — or not.

Yelp

Sweet Tooth Shavery

Halfway between ice cream and shaved ice, snow cream has been a staple in Taiwan’s tropical climate since it was invented there in the 70s. Sweet Tooth keeps things close to the Taiwanese original with typical flavors like milk tea and black sesame, as well as a summertime special made with local mangos. Each snow cream gets a drizzle of condensed milk and is garnished with traditional toppings that can include sweet red beans, puddings, or homemade rice or taro balls.

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SNOBALLS

New Orleans summers can be brutally hot, but locals have devised a remedy to beat that heat in the form of snowballs. These extra fine shaved ices are doused in a nearly endless variety of syrups and typically finished with a generous squirt of condensed milk that dilutes as it mixes with the ice. Snoballs in Hollywood offers the complete Southern Louisiana experience from its typical shack-style digs to traditional flavors like nectar, similar to fruit punch or red cola.

Yelp

Lutong Pinoy Filipino Cuisine

One of the very few Filipino eateries in South Florida, Lutong Pinoy offers an extensive menu of typical dishes in addition to one of the Philippines’ most beloved treats, halo halo. This drink/dessert hybrid is simultaneously filling, refreshing, and visually striking. It consists of shaved ice, milk, sweetened beans and tropical fruit, jellies, and ube ice cream made with purple-hued yams. It is difficult to imagine anything else with as many colors and textures in a single glass, and while the concoction may seem excessive, all the elements work flawlessly together.

Halo Halo
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BRRRR Thai rolled ice cream

This North Beach shop specializes in one of the newest trends in frozen desserts hailing from Thailand. Instead of churning ice cream until frozen and scooping it into balls, the ice cream batter is spread on a cold metal plate, mixed with flavorings, and then scraped into rolls that are neatly arranged into a cup and topped with a variety of goodies. BRRRR! offers a variety of flavor and topping combinations, including some very local options like key lime pie and dulce de leche.

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Bali Cafe

Indonesia, located right on the Equator, has a cuisine that features many foods and beverages that help keep one cool in hot climates. Bali Café, Miami’s longstanding purveyor of Indonesian delicacies, offers a variety of icy desserts that are perfect for South Florida’s balmy summers. Menu items that contain the word es feature crushed ice with a variety of tropical fruits and syrups. The es campur – a perennial favorite in Indonesia – also contains creamy avocado. The es bali special is a deluxe version topped with gelatin and assorted Indonesian-style ice creams.

Yelp

La Michoacana

Mexicans have elevated the simple ice pop to an art form with their paletas. La Michoacana is a popular purveyor of paletas in Mexico with outposts in Homestead and Miami. The selection is divided into water-based and milk-based varieties. Flavors can range from the expected to more unique flavors like cucumber and chili, salted plum (chamoy), and avocado. The paletas’ vibrant colors make them as visually appealing as they are tasty and refreshing.

Fatgirl Hedonist

Raspados Loly's

This iconic spot in Sweetwater’s “Little Managua” serves up Nicaragua’s unique take on shaved ice. It is famous for smothering its icy treats in dulce de leche, as well as traditional homemade preserves made with native fruits like nancito or jocote. The popular relleno option includes pieces of pound cake. For those wanting to taste it all, Loly’s offers a mega raspado (shaved ice) that includes all the flavors and toppings in one cup.

Small Wonder Blog

Bahama Buck's

This Texas import offers a variety of refreshing options to combat South Florida’s infamous summer heat, including frozen lemonades and iced coffee drinks. Bahama Buck’s biggest draws, though, are its shaved ices. It offers moer than 75 flavors of syrups, including a “Thin Ice” selection of sugar-free options. Every cup of shaved ice is finished with a signature paper umbrella in keeping with the tropical theme.

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