Plan for National Ice Cream Day: 8 spots to beat the heat with a cool treat in Tampa Bay


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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – While we’re in the thick of summer here in the Tampa Bay area, ice cream, popsicles and other cold, sweet treat spots are popular for those looking to beat the heat and get a sugar rush.

From ice cream shops that benefit charity, to popular popsicle spots that boast unique flavors, we have it all here in Tampa. It’s the perfect time to try them all, as National Ice Cream Day is July 18!

This is not a complete list of locations for Tampa Bay’s cool treats, if you know of any great places to score a good bite, let us know by emailing!

The location also features other incredibly unique creations, including the “cloud cone,” with cotton candy and even a “shark shake” with a gummy candy shark for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.

This shop has it all for those with a sweet tooth, from safe, edible cookie dough, to ice cream and milkshakes.

Hyppo Gourmet Pop Shops are also available for resale locations and can even be ordered online. Trucks of sweet treats also drive around neighborhoods and can be booked to visit specific neighborhoods.

Their website boasts that over 100 flavors of the sweet treat have been created since the company’s inception.

“Some we keep for special months (like January is our cereal month, and March is fair food month), and others we rotate every few weeks, so there is always something new,” it says.

Party packs, ice cream pies, and pints of ice cream can be ordered online for pickup.

This location serves multiple-sized bowls of ice cream, milkshakes… and even bowls of cereal, as well as cold brew and hot coffee!

Weird “mix-ins” for your ice cream concoction can include potato sticks, grape jelly, goat cheese, bacon and more!

“Your Ice Pops and Waffles can be dipped or drizzled in chocolate and rolled in cookies, nuts, graham cracker crumbs, coconut or other goodies. Gelato is available in bowls or waffle cones, and sampling is encouraged!” the Whatever Pops website says.

This is another Tampa business with a food cart and will cater weddings, birthday parties and more.

The siblings operate out of a renovated building in Ybor City, as well as a location in South Tampa, and offer flavors such as café con leche chunk, chronic popcorn and Tampa banana.

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The Best Ice Creams to Order at Fast-Food Chains, Say Dietitians | Eat This Not That

Eat This, Not That 17 July, 2021 - 07:13am

I scream, you scream…you get it. We all want a cold ice cream cone on a hot summer day, especially on National Ice Cream Day, which is celebrated on Sunday, July 18. If you find yourself craving a sweet cone of your favorite soft serve or scoop as this national holiday rolls around, but you want to keep up with your nutritious eating plan, we have some solutions! Jaclyn London, RD, MS, CDN, Head of Nutrition and Wellness at WW (formerly Weight Watchers), shared a few of her favorite best fast food ice creams to order at your favorite chains if you plan on stopping in for a cone.

"If you know me, you know I love sweets! That's why I make it a point to eat dessert every day, which often includes ice cream—especially during the summer months," says London.

No matter where you go, London shares a specific tip to keep in mind when ordering any dessert: Look for making it nutrient-dense!

"Make sure you're maximizing nutrient-dense, satisfying foods throughout the day—and limiting sneaky sources of added sugar," says London. "That way, you can feel empowered to choose to eat dessert—and enjoy every bite. And when you're on the go, fast food and other chain ice cream spots can be super-convenient and delicious!"

Here are a few of the best fast food ice creams to order at fast-food chains that London recommends. And if you're looking for some healthy meals to enjoy before indulging in your treat, here are 11 Healthy Fast-Food Meals to Order, According to a Dietitian.

"The iconic fast-food spot is pretty infamous for their more indulgent desserts like McFlurries and milkshakes, but a sneaky dessert hit: A vanilla cone," says London. "It packs up to 15% of your daily value for calcium, and can help you stay satisfied with 5 g of protein."

Along with the cone, here's The #1 Healthiest Order at McDonald's, According to a Nutritionist.

"My personal favorite [is] the Dairy Queen classic (small) Hot Fudge Sundae, which will give you 6 grams protein for a 300 calorie delight," says London. "If Hot Fudge isn't your bag, opt for the Pineapple or Strawberry, which are also lighter options on the menu."

London also says that a classic soft serve cone is also a great option, as well as Dilly Bars (around 220 calories each) or even a dipped cone (around 300 calories).

"You can't go wrong with a soft-serve of any flavor—they're lower in calories from added sugar and saturated fat—versus other types of frozen desserts without skimping on the satisfaction factor," says London.

"Chocolate or vanilla cup or cone of frozen custard is simple but deliciously underrated Shake Shack choices," says London.

"For a classic custard, a 1-scoop of the chocolate or vanilla dish is both deliciously indulgent-tasting and satisfying," says London. "A 1-scoop serving is slightly higher in calories-from-fat—since it's custard vs. ice cream—but is lower in total sugar overall."

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"A junior frosty is the perfect way to enjoy a delicious summer treat on the go," says London. "Both chocolate and vanilla options hover around 200 calories and pack up to 6 grams of protein per serving. And while I wouldn't recommend using frozen desserts as your exclusive source of the bone-health supporting mineral, calcium: A Wendy's junior frosty does provide 20% of your Daily Value. Just saying!"

If you plan on going to a fast-food chain or ice cream shop near you that serves a swirly soft serve, do not sweat! London has a few expert tips on how to order ice cream like a pro.

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These central Pa. ice cream shops dish out unusual flavors, endless choices: Mimi’s Picks 17 July, 2021 - 05:33am

Reeser's Ice Cream has been staple in the Lewisberry area for decades. JUSTIN A. SHAW/The Patriot-News The Patriot-NewsThe Patriot-News

Reeser’s Soft Ice Cream, 880 Old Rossville Rd., Lewisberry, 717-938-1781

A family tradition since 1969, generations stop at this popular hillside take-out window. On weekends and peak hours, expect to line up for homemade soft serve cones, fresh peach sundaes (coming soon) and peanut butter milkshakes. Their slogan: “The more you lick us, the more you like us.”

Mr. G's ice cream shop is at 404 Baltimore St. in Gettysburg. July 1, 2019. Dan Gleiter |

Mr. G’s, 404 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, 717-334-7600

Expect a line out the door especially on the weekends at this great ice cream shop in Gettysburg. Don’t leave town without trying such homemade soft serve flavors as salted caramel, black raspberry, coconut and vanilla peanut butter, served in waffle cones or waffle bowls.

King Kone Creamery, 182 Hershey Road, Hummelstown, 717-220-1932

Jungle print tables and stuffed oversized gorillas will delight children of all ages here. The 40-plus hand-dipped Hershey Ice Cream flavors and 24 soft-serve choices make decisions difficult at this friendly ice cream pit stop en route to Hersheypark. For convenience there is a drive-thru window alongside of the building. The chalkboard has some great choices for sundaes. My favorite is the Jungle Mix ($6) a combination of soft serve chocolate, vanilla or twist, M&M’s, chunks of peanut butter cups, Reese’s pieces, Oreo cookies, gummy bears, lots of whipped cream and two cherries.

M&M sugar cones at Leo's Homemade Ice Cream Wednesday, August 22, 2012. JOHN C. WHITEHEAD/The Patriot-News THE PATRIOT-NEWSTHE PATRIOT-NEWS

Leo’s Homemade Ice Cream, 816 W. High St., Carlisle, 717-960-0000

Everyone in Carlisle knows about “Leo’s,” especially Dickinson College students. With its ever-changing list of 98 flavors, customers can expect to see a wide and wild range of ice creams. Grapenut, strawberry marshmallow, peanut butter and jelly and cornbread are some of the more head-turning stand-outs. Open year round, there’s an expansive indoor dining area or head out the back door to covered picnic tables. It’s cash only.

You can’t miss this high-on-the-hill family farm restaurant and ice cream shoppe. A multi-tiered wooden deck overlooks a bouncy jump pad, penned in deer and pygmy goats. Dairy-fresh homemade ice cream comes in twenty-four flavors, including these favorites: caramel chocolate chip, strawberries and cream or peanut butter ripple. Check out the whoopie pie sundaes and Lancaster County mud pie, consisting of a warm brownie, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce, mini Wilbur buds and cherries.

Fox Meadows Creamery near Ephrata was named best ice cream shop in Pennsylvania by The Daily Meal. Sue Gleiter, PennLive

Fox Meadows Creamery and Country Market, 2475 W. Main St., Ephrata, 717-721-6455

“From cow to cone” is the Fox family motto. All-natural handcrafted ice cream is made from “happy” cows grazing in the surrounding farmland. Inside the spacious creamery-cafe and store, watch ice cream being made from the viewing window into processing room. The large shop has wrap around porch close to the children’s playground. Try some of the most unusual and surprisingly mouth-watering flavors such as monkey bread, rhubarb crumble, honeyed lavender and mocha brownie.

- The Jigger Shop is an ice cream landmark that has been in operation for more than 100 years at Mount Gretna. Photo taken June 26, 2021 Jennifer Palik, Advance LocalJennifer Palik, Advance Local

The Jigger Shop, 202 Gettysburg Ave, Mount Gretna, 717-964-9686

Families have long spooned up ice cream treats at the old-fashioned soda fountain, established in 1895 as Myer’s Pavillion. The name was changed to The Jigger Shop in the 1920s. Savory soups, salads and sandwiches flank the menu, but the starring food item is the ice cream -- sundaes, sodas, shakes and double dip cones. The signature sundae, “The Jigger” fills small and large bellies with big bursts of marshmallow, chocolate or butterscotch sauce, multiple scoops of French vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and those secret “jigger” nuts. The birch beer float is another house favorite recipe.

Jim Mack’s Ice Cream/Cones & Clubs, 5745 Lincoln Highway, York, 717-252-2013

Near Wrightsville, the 1958 ice cream landmark is a family playground of fun activities. The cream shop and picnic area have expanded over the years and now includes arcade, playground, 24-hole miniature golf course and BankShot Basketball. All ice cream is made on location.

Rakestraw's Ice Cream has been located in Mechanicsburg since 1903.

Rakestraw’s Ice Cream, 313 S. Market St, Mechanicsburg, 717-691-5353

Started up in 1903, this family-owned, old-fashioned parlor has been going strong for over hundred years. Generations of families have been coming here to this same location for hand-dip 32 premium hard-serve flavors, ranging from peanut butter curl to gingerbread crunch, orange pineapple and caramel pretzel. Just a head’s up, this old-fashioned ice cream parlor will be closed from July 19-27 for vacation.

Some people sit and some stand while enjoying dessert at Massey's Frozen Custard on West High Street in Carlisle on a Thursday night. (DAN GLEITER)Harrisburg Patriot-News

Massey’s Frozen Custard, 600 High St., Carlisle, 717-249-2258

Masseys Frozen Custard has served up soft serve and hand-dipped ice cream treats for generations since they first opened their doors in 1949. Friendly, young staff are quick to fill orders at the twin take-out windows. For twirl cones, colorful spotted birthday cake is the novelty as a hard coating clings to twirls of vanilla, chocolate or raspberry soft ice cream. The black raspberry ice cream is also ripe for the season.

Kristy’s Whistle Stop dishes up ice cream at 600 S. Enola Road. This is the large banana split from Kristy’s Whistle Stop. Dan Gleiter, PennLive, 2012 THE PATRIOT-NEWSTHE PATRIOT-NEWS

Kristy’s Whistle Stop, 600 S. Enola Road, Enola, 717-909-3881

Close to the Enola railyards, look up to see the shiny, chrome train whistle atop the vintage red arrow sign. The place has been called Kristy’s for over a decade, but the take out ice cream shop and carport seating area have been around since the sixties. Locals swear their “hurricanes” are much better than DQ blizzards, swirled with M&Ms, snickers, kit kat, whoppers, cookie dough or peanut butter cups among some of the choices.

Philip Arthur’s Cafe, 108 Chocolate Ave., Hershey, 717-520-1719

Tucked away at the back end of the parking lot, next to sister restaurant Fenicci’s of Hershey, this family-friendly cafe has a variety of Hershey’s ice cream-based specialty sundaes. Melissa’s Treat ($5.99) is a wonderful chunky mix of ice cream, toppings and sauce. Hershey’s peanut butter ice cream, Reese’s pieces candy, peanut butter cups and large spoonful of hot fudge drizzles down and around the sides of this plastic cup concoction. Warm marshmallow and little m&ms complete this sundae.

Forry's Drive In is a popular spot for those visiting nearby Gifford Pinchot State Park. The seasonal stand has outdoor window service for soft-serve ice cream as well as burgers, chicken strips and hot dogs. Located at 930 Alpine Road, Warrington Township, York County. PennLivePennLive

Forry’s Ice Cream Shop, 930 Alpine Road, Wellsville, 717-292-1207

On the York cuff of Gifford Pinchot State Park, this decades-old fashioned ice cream shop specializes in shakes made with hard or soft serve ice cream. For a super thick shake, ask for extra hand-dipped scoops. Fresh peach or strawberries are the featured flavors in season right now.

Gigi’s Ice Cream Bar, 2 S. 2nd St., Bainbridge, 717-314-9540

Hurry up! You only have until September to get to this colorful, seasonal ice cream shop in historic Bainbridge. Belly up to stools at the “bar” and taste some unique, hand-dipped flavors such as white house cherry, red velvet, cappuccino and road runner raspberry. Unique combinations include the “Almond Joy,” featuring namesake candy bar pieces, coconut and chocolate ice cream, shower of peanuts and coconut and the “Coffee Toffee” featuring cappuccino crunch ice cream, toffee pieces and caramel topping.

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Get free ice cream, National Ice Cream Day deals at Skoops, McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, Baskin-Robbins

Akron Beacon Journal 17 July, 2021 - 05:02am

Ice Cream Day became an official food holiday in 1984 when President Ronald Reagan declared the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day and the month of July as National Ice Cream Month.

Reagan’s proclamation noted the ice cream industry generated $3.5 billion in annual sales. 

The made-up food holiday comes after National French Fry Day Tuesday and National Mac & Cheese Day Wednesday but contests to win free fries from McDonald’s and free Panera macaroni and cheese are still up for grabs.

Sensitivity toothpaste brand Sensodyne, which is holding an Ice Cream Day contest, found in its survey that the average American plans to eat 39 scoops of ice cream by the end of this summer. More than half (52%) prefer soft ice cream to hard ice cream (30%), the survey found.

Looking for another free frozen treat? If you haven't already had a free Slurpee at 7-Eleven this month, you can still grab one through July 31. 

Here are discounts and offers available Sunday, July 18, at participating locations, unless otherwise noted. Offers can vary and most times are offered while supplies last. To be on the safe side, always check with your closest location before heading out. Also, some will require you to have a restaurant's app or be signed up for emails.

On July 25, Skoops will be decorated in Christmas attire and bring back its December menu for a day. Owner Terry Rastetter said the store will be decorated inside and out, and there will be some special flavors available. 

Alden's Organic: Find a $1 off coupon on the brand sold in 10,000 stores on the company’s website through July 31.

Blue Bunny: The brand will open $1,000 tabs from Sunday through July 25 at 20 parlors that entered for “The Heart of Fun” contest. The selected parlors and schedule will be posted at Sunday.

Breyers: The brand is offering “Cookie Coverage” on its Cookies & Cream ice cream at At the site, get a $2 coupon for half off a tub and "an official insurance certificate that provides protection on their tub’s cookies & cream goodness." The brand says if you're "not completely satisfied with the cookie to cream ratio in Breyers updated recipe, the next tub’s on us." Limit one free product coupon and one $2 coupon per person.

Bubbies Ice Cream: With the Ibotta app at Whole Foods Market, get a buy-one-get-one free deal on the brand's individually-wrapped Mochi Ice Cream. Shoppers will get $2 cash back through Ibotta through Aug. 6.

Carvel: Purchase a new limited-time Churro-flavored product Sunday and get a "special offer card" with a surprise offer that can be redeemed through Aug. 30. Surprise offers include BOGO deals, freebies and discounts. Enter for a chance to win free ice cream for a year at Carvel also has a printable coupon to use on ice cream cakes sold in grocery stores.

Cumberland Farms: For a limited time, get the brand's new Ultimate Scoop Crème Brulee Crunch for $3.99, which is $1.50 off the regular price.

Dairy Queen: Participating DQ stores nationwide are offering $1 off any size Dipped Cone with the chain's mobile app, excluding kid cones. One deal per customer.

DoorDash: Order from The Ice Cream Shop on DoorDash Sunday and get a free pint of ice cream on orders more than $20. To qualify, add any pint of ice cream to your grocery or convenience store order more than $20 and use promo code ICECREAM at checkout.

Gopuff: Through Sunday, get two Ben & Jerry's and Talenti pints for $8 with the on-demand convenience delivery service. Deals will be applied automatically.

Ibotta: The cashback app has several ice cream rebates for National Ice Cream Day from brands including Yasso, Blue Bunny and Halo Top. Also for a limited time get free school supplies.

Killer Creamery: Through July 31, the creamery's products will be on sale at Albertsons Companies stores. Offers vary by location.

Marble Slab Creamery: Slab Happy Rewards members get BOGO regular ice cream for Ice Cream Day. The chain also has a coupon for $5 off ice cream kits through July 31 with code ICECREAM5.

McDonald's: Check the fast-food chain's app for coupons and freebies. And with the new rewards program after making your first purchase you will have enough points to get a free cone.

ReThink Ice Cream: The ice cream brand, available at more than 450 supermarkets in California, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon, has a deal for buy six and get two free. Stores include Nugget, Lucky, Bristol Farms, Lazy Acres Markets and Raley’s and the savings should be applied automatically. 

Yogurtland: Members of the chain's Real Rewards program get three times the points Sunday for in-stores and online orders.

My/Mochi: For National Ice Cream Month, the brand is giving away free mochi ice cream with its "Mmm Face" campaign, which challenges fans to post photos of their face biting into My/Mochi. Post to the brand's social channels to get a free box and you'll also be entered in a sweepstakes for the chance to win a one-year supply of My/Mochi. Use the hashtag #MyMochiMmmface and tag @MyMochi on Instagram or TikTok. On Facebook and Twitter, tag @mymochiicecream.

PROOF Alcohol Ice Cream: Enter for a chance to win free ice cream with its contest "Weekend Adventures + PROOF." Tag @proofalcoholicecream in your post of your summer adventures and use #weekendadventure to be entered to win a four-pint party pack of the ice cream. 

Sensodyne: The sensitivity toothpaste brand is hosting a "Live Every Mo-Mint" sweepstakes on Twitter where participants can win one of 750 kits with mint ice cream, toothpaste and more that are available with same-day delivery. But not everyone can enter as the sweepstakes is only for New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Learn more at 

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Here’s How To Get Free and Discounted Treats This National Ice Cream Day 16 July, 2021 - 07:32pm

But first, a quick history lesson. In 1984, former President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and iced into history the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day, according to the International Dairy Foods Association.

“Ice cream is a nutritious and wholesome food, enjoyed by over 90% of the people in the United States,” read the proclamation. “It enjoys a reputation as the perfect dessert and snack food.”

To celebrate, publications like Food Network, USA Today, and LifeHacker dug deep to bring you the best deals around. (We fact-checked them and it’s all true.)

7-Eleven: Loyalty program members get a free Slurpee throughout the month.

Alden’s Organic: Receive a $1 off coupon on the brand sold in 10,000 stores through the company’s website until July 31. 

Baskin-Robbins: Customers who make purchases of $10 or more on July 18 will receive free ice cream-scented Kinetic Sand in chocolate mint or strawberry banana scents. Customers can also receive $5 off delivery orders of $20 or more from Uber Eats, DoorDash or PostMates until July 24.

Breyers: Get a 50% off coupon for a tub of Cookies & Cream ice cream at The ice cream company is also offering one $2 off coupon per person. 

Bubbies Ice Cream: Use the Ibotta app at Whole Foods Market toward a buy-one-get-one-free deal on individually wrapped Mochi ice cream. 

Burger King: Get a free vanilla soft serve cup or cone with a $1 purchase. 

Cumberland Farms: Receive an Ultimate Scoop Crème Brulee Crunch for $3.99 — $1.50 off the regular price. 

Dairy Queen: Participating stores are offering $1 off any size Dipped Cone through the mobile app, excluding kid cones. One deal per person.

DoorDash: July 15 to 18 — customers get free pint of ice cream or similar item with orders of $20 or more; use promo code ICECREAM at checkout in the app

Edy’s/Dryer’s: Customers can get the Rocky Road collection free through July.

Gopuff: Get Ben & Jerry’s and Talenti pints for $8 through the delivery service. 

Insomnia Cookies: A free scoop of ice cream is offered with any in-store purchase or online for delivery, using code ICECREAMDAY. 

Instacart: The grocery delivery app will reduce orders by $5 if customers spend $20 or more on Dreyer’s ice cream products through July 31. 

Marco Sweets & Spices: Receive 20% off all online orders through July 18 using code JULY20. 

Marble Slab Creamery: Slab Happy Rewards members get buy-one-get-one-free regular ice cream. Others can use the code ICECREAM5 for a $5 off coupon on ice cream kits through July 31. 

McDonald’s: Check out the app for coupons and freebies. 

Meijer: From July 18 to 24, the grocery store is offering mPerks member rewards 50% off one pint of Purple Cow ice cream. 

Pressed Juicery: The dessert and juice shop is offering single vegan soft serve with up to three toppings for $2. 

Whole Foods Market: Until July 20, get 35% off all ice cream and frozen treats. Prime Members save an extra 10%.

Yogurtland: Real Rewards program members get three times the points on July 18 for in-store and online orders. 

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