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The com­pe­ti­tion for brag­ging rights as sum­mer’s fa­vorite treat is as hot as the con­tes­tants are cool. Ice cream, long the queen of warm-weather re­fresh­ments, heads a long list of frosty noshes vy­ing for your at­ten­tion. In no par­tic­u­lar order, here’s a list of our fa­vorites spots for frozen good­ies, many of which put you hap­pily in some of the city’s most col­or­ful neigh­bor­hoods. En­joy! CROWN CANDY KITCHEN

1 This St. Louis land­mark has been dis­pens­ing smiles since 1913 in a cor­ner lo­ca­tion in Old North St. Louis that’s like step­ping into a de­li­cious time cap­sule. The frozen good­ies, how­ever, are as fresh as they can get. Stop in for sun­daes, floats, malts, ba­nana splits and more made with house-made ice cream. You can also load up on leg­endary (no kid­ding) chilies, tamales, soups and sand­wiches like the Heart Stop­ping BLT (their words, not mine). They make their own choco­lates, too. 1401 St. Louis Ave., www.crown­can­dyk­itchen.net, 314.621.9650, Map 4-1I. CLEMENTINE’S CREAM­ERY NAUGHTY & NICE ICE CREAM

2 The “nice” is small-batch ice cream made with lo­cal in­gre­di­ents (you saw it on our cover) in fla­vors like gooey but­ter cake, manchego with truf­fles and honey and le­mon but­ter­milk chess pie. The “naughty” is al­co­holin­fused ice cream made with a patent-pend­ing process, yield­ing such in­no­va­tions as choco­late stout and maple bour­bon with salted can­died pecans. 1637 S. 18th St., www.clemen­ti­ne­scream­ery.com, 314.858.6100, Map 4- 4H. TED DREWES FROZEN CUS­TARD

3 The lines are long, but they move like light­ning, be­cause the servers at this St. Louis in­sti­tu­tion are trained like Navy SEALs, if Navy SEALs served frozen cus­tard so thick they could (and do) turn the dish up­side down right in front of your eyes. The cus­tard here earns and em­braces the ep­i­thet “con­crete” and is fes­tooned with a med­ley of top­pings like fresh fruit, nuts, caramel, choco­late, marsh­mal­low, mint and much more. New fla­vors and com­bi­na­tions are added ev­ery year. www. tedrewes.com. Two lo­ca­tions: 6726 Chippewa, 314.481.2652, Map 4- 6C; 4224 S. Grand Blvd., 314.352.7376, Map 4- 6F. GELATO DI RISO

4 There’s less air in gelato than in Amer­i­can ice cream, and the gelato here is made with milk in­stead of high-fat cream. This pop­u­lar cor­ner spot on The Hill (St. Louis’ fa­mous Ital­ian neigh­bor­hood), also serves cof­fee, tea, espresso, lat­tes, scones, rolls, cook­ies, le­mon bars and more—a one-stop sweet shop. 5204 Wil­son, www.gela­todiriso.com, 314.664.8488, Map 4- 4E. JILLY’S ICE CREAM BAR

5 Jilly’s burst on the scene orig­i­nally as an award-win­ning pur­veyor of cup­cakes and even­tu­ally ex­panded into the ice cream arena. We win! Clas­sics like Choco­late Fudge Swirl and Rocky Road are joined by monthly in­spi­ra­tions like Jilly’s on the Beach (mango lime sor­bet with lime salt) and Oat­meal Creme Pie Cookie Dough. 608 N. McKnight Rd., www. jillyscup­cake­bar.com, 314.993.5455, Map 3-5D. ICES PLAIN & FANCY

6 What hap­pens when you flash-churn ice cream at -321 de­grees with liq­uid ni­tro­gen? Very small ice crys­tals for an ul­tra-smooth tex­ture—silky, dense and de­li­cious. Stop in for lots of clas­sic and in­no­va­tive fla­vors in ni­tro ice cream, boozy ice cream cock­tails, sor­bets, floats, non-dairy op­tions and more. 2256 S. 39th St., www.ice­s­plainand­fancy.com, 314.601.3604, Map 4-4F. SERENDIP­ITY HOME­MADE ICE CREAM

7 Reg­u­larly voted “Best Ice Cream in St. Louis,” Serendip­ity switches out fla­vors (al­most 40 at any one time) reg­u­larly to keep reg­u­lars guess­ing. You can also grab a hot dog or bratwurst. 8130 Big Bend Blvd., www.serendip­ity-ice­cream.com, 314.962.2700, Map 4-5A. THE FOUN­TAIN ON LO­CUST

8 Su­per- charm­ing art deco in­te­rior sets the stage for in­ven­tive cock­tails, soups, sal­ads, sand­wiches, en­trées and a gen­er­ous of­fer­ing of ice cream con­coc­tions (in­clud­ing adult va- ri­eties) sport­ing names like Nutty Ir­ish­man, Dark and Sin­is­ter and Black Cadil­lac. Malts, milk­shakes, so­das, floats, mock­tails, sun­daes…you name it. 3037 Lo­cust St., www. foun­tain­on­lo­cust.com, 314.535.7800, Map 4-2G. MENCHIE’S FROZEN YO­GURT

9 This pop­u­lar self- serve chain not only in­vites cus­tomers to craft their ideal frozen yo­gurt treat made with hor­mone- free milk, but takes the al­ler­gen is­sue head- on and marks ev­ery sin­gle item with ev­ery al­ler­gen. Plus they have non-sugar and non- dairy ver­sions, and the whole menu is kosher. Mazel tov! 1122 Town & Coun­try Cross­ing Dr., www. menchies.com, 314.384.8773, Map 3- 6A. THOMAS SAPPINGTON HOUSE

10 This his­toric home and mu­seum is host­ing an Ice Cream So­cial and Out­door Con­cert by Gate­way City Big Band, June 25, 7-10 pm. www. sap­ping­ton­house. org, 1015 S. sappington Rd., 314.966.8387, Map 3-7C.

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