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Hot Spots for Cool Treats: Where to Get Great Gelato, Ice Cream and Snowcones in Houston

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I spent the morning over at KHOU's studios this past Tuesday discussing ice cream and other cool treats with Debra Duncan on Great Day Houston (all pandering aside, a really great crew of people to work with and always a very fun time) and special guests Matt Marcus and Ryan Soroka from the Eatsie Boys.

The Eatsie Boys have a traveling assortment of flavors on board their bright-blue truck, including two new ones that they shared with us on Tuesday: Glazed & Confused, which tastes exactly like a fresh Shipley's donut (and is, in fact, garnished with a Shipley's donut hole), and She's Crafty, a salted caramel and bacon ice cream that they cheekily figured was perfect for the morning segment.

You can also find the Eatsie Boys' ice cream at restaurants such as Paulie's, Local Foods and Down House. But soon, you'll be able to find it at the restaurant the guys are opening in the old Kraftsmen space at 4100 Montrose. The guys expect to have a "scoop shop" component to the cafe when it opens later this year, with around seven to ten flavors at a time.

In the meantime, check out some of the other ice cream, snowcone, gelato and raspas places we mentioned on the show:

Kahuna Joe's: Hawaiian-style snowcones in League City and Kemah. Best flavors: Shark Bite and Banzai Pipeline.

Tampico Refresqueria: Raspas, licuados, aguas frescas and elotes in the Heights. Best flavors: leche (like the milk at the bottom of a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch) and chamoyada (spicy-sour-sweet, not for the faint of heart).

Bob's Snoballs: New Orleans-style shaved ice in Rosenberg. Best flavors: cherry with sweetened condensed milk on top.

Hank's Ice Cream: Classic ice cream parlor near Reliant Park run by Hank Wiggins's family since 1985. Best flavors: banana pudding and butter pecan (made with Texas pecans, of course).

Trentino Gelato: Authentic Argentinean gelato from Marcelo Kreindel, found at restaurants and grocery stores around town. Best flavors: chef-inspired series including Monica Pope's mascarpone and berries and Anita Jaisinghani's saffron spice.


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