For National Ice Cream Day, Orlando-area stores have the best scoops

ORLANDO, Florida. – The sweltering days of summer are upon us and staying cool is the first thing on everyone’s mind.

That’s why former President Ronald Reagan designated the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day in 1984.

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Reagan’s proclamation described ice cream as a “nutritious and wholesome food”. Whether nutritionists agree with that is another matter, but one can’t help but associate ice cream with happy memories and good feelings, so in an upside-down world, a cream cone frozen may sound quite healthy.

And Americans clearly love their ice cream. The International Dairy Foods Association said the average American eats about 4 gallons of ice cream per year.

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So if you want to celebrate National Ice Cream Day this Sunday, here are a few places in the Orlando area that specialize in this favorite frozen treat.

Abracadabra Ice Cream Factory – 520 N Main Street, Kissimmee

This magical ice cream place lets you choose a base (including sugar-free and lactose-free options) and a few toppings and, through the witchcraft of liquid nitrogen, creates a custom ice cream just for you. This downtown Kissimmee cafe is popular with kids with its on-site bouncy houses for paying customers and birthday party packages.

bacio — 8734 Lee Vista Blvd., Orlando

Bacio ice cream store in Orlando. (Bacio Ice Cream Shop)

Bright colors, Instagram-worthy sundaes and Italian coffees are all on display at the Bacio Ice Cream Shop in Orlando, not far from Orlando International Airport. The shop offers gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free options, which means this shop is sure to please all of your clientele.

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Frutamix – 253 Ocoee Apopka Road, Ocoee

A Fresas con Nutella at Frutamix in Ocoee. (Frutamix)

Salty and sweet Mexican treats are the stars of this tiny but popular shop in Ocoee. Along with your birria tacos and elotes, be sure to grab some ice cream – they come in several flavors. You can get scoops in a cup or cone, try a Fresas con Nutella, or get a paleta (ice cream!).

Goff’s Drive — 212 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando

Goff’s ice cream in Orlando. (Alex Cook, News 6)

This historic, family-run soft-service boutique is no-frills but beloved for its sweet treats and inclusive nature. So it was a shock when someone set the little ice cream shop on fire earlier this year.

However, the owners, with the help of the community, are preparing to reopen on Monday July 18. It’s a day past National Ice Cream Day, but who’s to say you can’t celebrate a day late?

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The Verdure Creamery — Two sites in Orlando and Sanford

The Greenery Creamery, with locations in Orlando and Sanford. (La Cremerie Verdure)

This fancy ice cream shop makes locally sourced dairy and plant-based ice cream in small batches and fancy flavors that spin. This month, for example, The Greenery Creamery is offering Strawberry Yuzu Lemonade, Key Lime Pie, Milk and Cookies, to name a few. They even have ice cream flavors for dogs!

Coffee Ice cream and appetizers — 3402 Technology Avenue #220, Orlando

Ice and Bites Cafe in Orlando. (Ice and Bites Cafe)

Taiyaki is popular at this University of Central Florida restaurant. You can fill a fish-shaped waffle with ice cream and fun toppings like pocky sticks and fruit skewers.

Don’t fancy taiyaki? Get your ice cream in a cup or try a cloud of affogato – ice cream and a double espresso, topped with cotton candy. They also have an extensive menu of regular dishes, as well as Sno bowls and boba tea.

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Kelly’s homemade ice cream — Multiple locations

Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream, with locations throughout the Orlando area. (Kelly’s homemade ice cream)

You just can’t exclude Kelly’s from Orlando’s ice cream parlor list. This family-run store started as a food truck visiting markets and events before opening the first location in Audubon Park in 2015. They have since expanded, with five stores in Orange County and Oviedo, as well as a counter service at Foxtail Coffee. locations too. That’s a lot of ice cream!

Speaking of which, Kelly’s offers classic flavors, originals like Cookie Monster and Banana Pudding, and a selection of seasonal flavors you can add to cups, cones, and sundaes. Kelly’s says it has about 100 ice cream recipes that it rotates throughout the year, so you never know what you’ll find when you approach their counter.

In honor of National Ice Cream Day, Kelly’s is offering buy one, get a free scoop of ice cream in cups or cones at participating locations.

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Martin’s Dreamery Creamery and Cafe – 1945 county road. 419, office 1151, Oviedo

A flight of ice cream at Martin’s Dreamery Creamery in Oviedo. (Martin’s Dreamery Creamery)

Martin’s is a family-run shop specializing in ice cream but also baked goods (like Keto donuts!), breakfast sandwiches and coffee. They are therefore open early in the morning. And is it ever too early for ice cream?

Martin’s makes all of its ice cream in-house, with six to eight regular flavors plus rotating seasonal flavors like Key Lime and Bithlo Mud. Dairy-free options are also available, made with coconut milk.

Mr. Freeze Ice Cream Trucks – Various locations

Mr. Freeze Ice Cream Truck, traveling in Orlando. (Mr. Freeze Ice Cream Trucks)

Is there anything that says summer more than chasing after a neighborhood ice cream truck? Those days are not over. Not if Mr. Freeze can help him.

Mr. Freeze Ice Cream Trucks offer traditional soft serve ice cream and Italian gelato, which can be added to sundaes, soda floats and more. Mr. Freeze is largely available for events only, but they also do local runs in Orlando International Airport areas like Lake Nona, Lee Vista, and the Goldenrod area.

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Follow their social media sites to find out where they go next.

Midnight Sun Ice Cream Sandwich Co. – Various locations

Handmade flavors stuffed between two fancy cookies, all made to order. An Alaskan husband and Florida wife have joined forces to create an ice cream sandwich inside a yellow truck. This isn’t your grandma’s ice cream, unless your grandma’s into Malbec-Strawberry, or Miso Butterscotch, or Fig and Port Goat Cheese Swirl Ice Cream.

And the cookies – pumpkin seed shortbread, cashew macaroons, candied orange and allspice shortbread. Yeah, they want.

You can find Midnight Sun at food events in Central Florida.

Nan and Pop Ice Cream Shop — 351 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood

Nan and Pop’s ice cream shop in Longwood. (Nan and Pop Ice Cream Shop)

What do you do when the children fly into the nest and you are alone again? These grandparents opened an ice cream shop and named their ice cream and bubble waffle creations after their grandchildren. This is called scoring points. They also sell “freak shakes” filled with all kinds of goodies and sundaes with Selma’s Cookie Company cookies.

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The soda fountain — Multiple locations

The Willy Wonka at The Soda Fountain in Orlando. (The soda fountain)

A longtime College Park staple, The Soda Fountain offers homemade scoop-on ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes, floats, specialty treats, and an adult milkshake menu called “The Blacklist.” The soda fountain now has a second location off East Michigan Street in the Conway area.

On Sundays for National Ice Cream Day, The Soda Fountain offers a free scoop of ice cream with the purchase of a single or double scoop cup or cone, from noon to 4 p.m.

Wafu — 3201 Corrine Dr., Orlando

A frozen taiyaki at Wafu in Orlando. (Wafu)

The News 6 Florida Foodie featured Wafu ahead of the opening of its new permanent space on the second floor of the East End Market. Wafu specializes in soft serve in taiyaki cones, but they also have waffle cones and fancy toppings like mochi, pocky, and matcha powder.

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You can also get Taiyaki with savory and sweet fillings.

West Orange Creamery — 1575 Maguire Road. #101, Ocoee

A milkshake at West Orange Creamery in Ocoee. (West Orange Creamery)

Everything about this place in Ocoee screams old fashioned soda fountain, down to the wood accents, the lighting, the large mirror and the fact that they sell cherry lime rickey phosphates, made by a soda jerk. They also sell egg custards, which for northerners is pretty exciting.

Of course, it’s an ice cream story, so let’s talk about it. All your classic frozen treats are here, along with free “Jimmies” on demand. They also sell special and extra fancy ‘Gram’ worthy milkshakes.

Marvellous — 214 E. 1st St., Sanford

This downtown Sanford shop’s slogan is “Love and Marshmallows,” but they also sell homemade ice cream that can go well with fancy marshmallows. Wondermade makes regular and vegan ice cream in classic and less classic flavors, like cornbread or maple bacon or — here’s a surprise — S’more.

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