Even though summer is technically winding down, it’s still pretty hot in Houston. And honestly, ice cream is something that can be eaten pretty much year-round in Texas. In recent months, Houston and its suburbs have welcomed a bounty of sweet new ice cream shops slinging everything from over-the-top cones of soft-serve garnished with sheets of actual gold and massive cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosty scoops.
Looking for a new dessert destination? Go forth and check out these 5 newcomers to Houston’s thriving ice cream scene.
This Chinese chain brings dramatic swirls of soft-serve in flavors like charcoal-infused black coconut and vanilla, but the real sell is Nobibi’s garnishes. Here, cones can be crowned with everything from a halo of cotton candy to melty torched marshmallow and sheets of 24-karat edible gold that are gently applied to each cone. Not feeling ice cream? Equally creative boba teas are also an option.
Nobibi, 1035 Blalock Road, Houston
A sweet new addition to the Katy Grand development, SomiSomi serves freshly baked, fish-shaped taiyaki cones filled with vibrant soft-serve. Flavors like matcha, ube, and sweet milk are swirled together in a soft-serve machine, then tucked into warm, freshly baked taiyaki. For a twist on the original, order the soft-serve in a cup, and ask for the taiyaki cone as a garnish.
SomiSomi, 23330 Grand Circle Boulevard, Suite 150, Katy
Formerly known as Boba & Cream, this Asiatown sweet shop pairs two dessert classics: waffles and ice cream. Alongside sweet options like boba tea topped with cheese foam, find chocolate and pandan leaf waffles or boba-topped toast served with fresh fruit and generous scoops of ice cream in flavors like lavender, Thai tea and matcha.
9630 Clarewood Drive, Suite A-8, Houston
Flower & Cream
This chic shop is home to some of the city’s best new frozen desserts. Order scoops in flavors like Kahlua & Cookies, made with Kahlua liqueur and brown butter chocolate chip cookies, Nutella-banana, and “unicorn tracks,” a cotton candy ice cream that’s spiked with Lucky Charms marshmallows. Pair those scoops with one of nine different flavors (think pink vanilla, dark chocolate, and matcha) of waffle cone from The Konery in Brooklyn.
2617 West Holcombe Boulevard, Houston
Now open in Cypress, Gooey’s signature offering is its cookie ice cream sandwich. One, two, or three scoops of ice cream between two cookies, brownies, Rice Krispies treats, doughnuts, or waffles. Milkshakes are also on offer, and all of the shop’s baked sweets can be ordered sans ice cream.
Gooey’s, 25626 Northwest Freeway, Suite 500, Cypress