In a town where the temps are known to, um, chill in the 90s for a majority of the summer, the best ice cream in Alpharetta is more than simply delicious: it’s the key to survival (along with a few ice-cold local brews and some seriously cool cocktails, of course).
Fortunately, Alpharetta offers no shortage of creative creamy, dreamy options. So, if you’re looking for a cup or cone filled with a heat-beating sweet treat, here are a few local ice cream shops you won’t want to miss:
1. Get Nostalgic with Kilwin’s
This Downtown Alpharetta sweets shop is a staple for all things sugar infused. As soon as you step foot inside, the smell of rich chocolate awakens your senses and reminds you of the magic of childhood. Reminiscent of the candy shoppe where Charlie Bucket found his golden ticket, Kilwin’s offers everything from hand-crafted brittles and fudge to homemade waffle cones and caramel apples. Summertime screams for their super premium, original-recipe ice cream made from fresh milk and cream from family farms. Believe us, there’s nothing vanilla about their rich vanilla bean ice cream topped with sticky, delicious caramel.
2. Artisanal Options at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
“Splendid” hardly does this epic ice cream justice. Located at Avalon, the ice cream mainstay is everything you never knew you always needed in the way of totally addictive dessert. For those of you who crave a bit of savory in even the most decadent of sweet treats, get the Goat Cheese with Red Cherries for an artisanal take on traditional cheesecake ice cream. Looking for something a little less left of center? Go with the award-winning Brown Butter Almond Brittle, a crazy good buttercream ice cream complete with golden pockets of handmade almond brittle.
3. Donut Miss Scream’n Nuts
Small-batch creamery and donuttery (yep, that’s a thing!) Scream’n Nuts gets that two delish desserts are always better than one. Enter the donut cone. The ultimate ice cream vessel, Scream’n Nuts’ signature donut cone is made from a yeast-raised donut batter with caramelized sugar on the outside and a soft, decadent texture (like if a waffle cone received angel wings). As if that weren’t genius enough, you’ll also find a roster of fascinating flavors like lavender violet, matcha green tea with mochi, and the wildly Insta-worthy charcoal ice cream.
4. Smooth Sweetness Courtesy of Andy’s Frozen Custard
If you like ice cream, you owe it to your taste buds to give custard a shot. What’s the difference exactly? While the main three ingredients for both ice cream and custard are the same (milk, cream, and sugar), the differentiation for custard is that it must also contain 1.4% pasteurized egg yolk, which gives it a smooth, super creamy texture. At Andy’s, the custard is made fresh every single hour, ensuring every single spoonful is absolutely excellent. We’re suckers for Andy’s Snowmonster Concrete, featuring Andy’s signature frozen custard blended beautifully with strawberries and melted chocolate chips.
If you’re indulging in ice cream (or custard) awesomeness in Alpharetta, we want to see which sweet selections you’re going with to beat the heat! Snap a pic of your cone or cup and tag us with @awesomealpharetta and #AwesomeAlpharetta.