It’s heating up fast. Chill out with these 20 frozen treats that will leave your taste buds cool and tingling. By Jack McCormack and Danielle Harris
The Vanishing Christmas Tree from Honey Crème
Dream of snowier times to distract yourself from the sweltering heat as you watch Honey Crème adorn and serve you their “Vanishing Christmas Tree.” It goes like this: Soft serve plus chocolate and cocoa powder, topped with a wintery fluff of candy floss and mint green syrup. $54, 34 Lee Garden Rd., Causeway Bay, 3525-1264.
Forever Young Smoothie from Catch Juicery
For all you “clean eating” Hongkongers looking for a refresher, Catch Juicery is getting a lot of attention thanks to their delicious raw juices and smoothies. Treat yourself to the Forever Young Smoothie with all-natural coconut water, strawberry, pineapple, goji berry and coconut oil. $80, 67 Wellington St., Central, 2567-3677.
Ice Cream Sandwich from Little Bao
Your sandwich needs in Hong Kong change drastically once summer hits and that’s OK, because Little Bao has got you covered. Green tea ice cream and condensed milk sandwiched between a deep-fried bao is the only burger we need. $48, G/F, 66 Staunton St., Central, 2194-0202.
Soft Serve from Eyescream and Churros
What do you do when you’re craving a cooldown and a delicious Mexican churro? Cater to both of these needs at once at this dessert shop that serves the sugary fried dough sticks on top of soft-serve ice cream. $38, Shop B1, G/F, Tak Man Building, 29 Tak Man St., Hung Hom.
Donut Ice Cream Sandwich from Munchies
Build your own decadent ice cream sandwich with Munchies’ array of fluffy doughnuts and ice cream flavors. Our favorite combo: classic vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two sugary-sweet lemon strawberry donuts—it’s a calorie bomb that’s worth every bite. $70, 4 Shin Hing St., Sheung Wan, munchies.hk
The Night Wolf from Oddies Foodies
The “Night Wolf” combines classic gelato with traditional Hong Kong egg puffs and a twist of passion fruit pannacotta—and thankfully, it’s just as delicious as it is #foodstagram-worthy. $52, Shop 1F, 149 Wan Chai Rd., Wan Chai, 9551-7972.
Spiked Milkshake from Burger Circus
Need a summer’s day break? Order up a spiked milkshake at Burger Circus. Pick your ice cream flavor and this cold and creamy concoction will make you wonder why you ever wanted to get your alcohol fix the basic way. $68, 22 Hollywood Rd., Central, burgercircus.com.hk
Ice is nice in the summer. Not only will Nice Pops get you through the Hong Kong heat wave, but their delicious flavors also come with a boozy kick. Stock up on a box and stick them in your freezer for the next time you need to cool down, but don’t quite feel like leaving the house. Or at least not sober, that is. Various locations, nicepops.hk
Frozen Bowser Colada from Chachawan
Coconut lovers rejoice! Chachawan’s new take on an old favorite combines the quintessential essence of a piña colada with their delicious homemade coconut ice cream, all inside of a real coconut shell. $108, 206 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, 2549-0020.
Strawberry Hokkaido Milk from I See I See
Roll up to I See I See and pick up a deliciously refreshing Strawberry
Hokkaido Milk ice pop, a new flavor that’s already picking up a loyal following. It’s got fruit in it— so it has to be good for you, right? $42, Shop 01, Haven Court, 138 Leighton Rd., Causeway Bay, 2337-3361.
Organic Rose Chocolate Ice Cream from Ice Cream Gallery
Handmade daily from top ingredients in small batches, it’s no wonder Ice Cream Gallery’s Rose Chocolate ice cream is one of our favorite treats to beat the summer heat. $50, Shop G16, G/F, 311 Gloucester Rd., Causeway Bay, 2366-5116.
The Peanut Gallery from Elephant Grounds
A PB&J in the form of an ice cream sandwich is the crazy delicious dessert you’ll be handed if you order The Peanut Gallery at Elephant Grounds. Stave off hunger and heat as you scarf down this dreamy concoction from one of Hong Kong’s favorite coffee shops. $68, Shop C, G/F, 4248 Paterson St., Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, 2562-8688.
Matcha Sizzling Brownie from Sinmei Tea
Pour a warm matcha mousse onto rich vanilla ice cream perched atop a perfectly baked brownie and you’ve got yourself a recipe for delight with the Matcha Sizzling Brownie. $78, 5/F, CS Tower, 50 Wing Lok St., Sheung Wan, 3690-8238.
Oreo Snowflake Ice from Hanbing Korean Dessert
Here’s a dessert to keep you in that chilled-out mentality: the Oreo Snowflake Ice offers the perfect ratio of Oreo cookie shavings to sweet ice cream, all atop shaved ice. $85, Shop 4201K, 4/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 3791-2547.
“Improvisation” from Atum Desserant
Snag a spot at Atum Desserant and order the “Improvisation” set. The pastry chef uses a huge range of molecular colors, dusts and flavors to create a dish right in front of you. It’s (almost) too pretty to eat. $328, 16/F, The L. Square, 459-461 Lockhart Rd., Causeway Bay, 2956-1411.
Hazelnut Fudge Ice Cream from Happy Cow
Who says dairy-free peeps are doomed in the heat? Happy Cow Ice Cream is a dairy-free favorite—their handcrafted hazelnut fudge might even be better than the real dairy deal. $35 from various locations including Baumhaus, 1/F, Kar Yau Building, 36-44 Queen’s Rd. East, Wan Chai, happycowhk.com
Gelato Cheesecake Stick from XTC
If you love ice cream and cheesecake, then XTC has the summertime treat for you. Rich and creamy, their newest creation is a simple and tasty way to keep cool on the go. $39, Shop B, 45 Cochrane St., Central, 2541-0500.
Black Sesame Cream Parfait from Via Tokyo
The soft twists of this luscious black sesame soft-serve are enough to draw us in—and luckily, the flavors deliver. Via Tokyo is a crowd favorite, with each ice cream garnished with biscuits, mochi and sweet nibbles. $50, Shop 1A-1B, G/F, Leishun Court, 106-126 Leighton Rd., Causeway Bay, 2895-1116.
Deluxe Melon Parfait from I Cremeria
Been looking for the real matcha deal? Find it just in time for summer with I Cremeria’s Deluxe Melon Parfait: matcha and vanilla Hokkaido milk ice cream served in the hollowed-out half of a Japanese melon. $45, G/F, 67 Wellington St., Central, 2897-1118.
Ice Cream Cone from Emack & Bolio’s
You’ll feel like a kid again every time you walk in this ice cream parlor: From crazy concoctions like “Space Cake” with shortbread cookies and red velvet cake to the cones dipped in marshmallows and stuck with fruit loops and sprinkles, this is one nostalgic treat that you’ll go back for time and again. $63, 26 Cochrane St., Central, 2505-6626.