July in Newport News, where it’s not unusual for the heat index to be more than 100 degrees, is the perfect time for thoughts of ice cream, ice-cold beverages, and other cool confections. In this edition of “Eat Like a Local,” we’re hoping to turn your internal thermostat down a few notches by highlighting “Frozen Treats.”
City Center Ice Cream | 707 Mariners Row, #106
City Center Ice Cream offers fresh homemade ice cream with three free mix-ins to suit your fancy. Indecisive? Then select one of their “Combinations” to make the decision that much easier! The Boogie Woogie, for example, comes with Birthday Cake ice cream, brownies, fudge, and rainbow sprinkles. The Banana Swing is made of banana ice cream, walnuts, bananas, and caramel. Dairy-free sorbets and low-fat yogurts round out their menu.
Pelican's SnoBalls Newport News | 11075 Warwick Blvd.
Pelican's SnoBalls of Newport News serves New Orleans-style shaved ice in a variety of flavors: more than 100, in fact! Named for the state bird of Louisiana, Pelican’s SnoBalls features flavors that originated in Louisiana. Some of the most popular children’s snow cones include the Super Hero, made with blue raspberry and cherry flavoring; the Pretty Princess, which contains grape and pink lemonade flavors; the Butterfly Kiss with birthday cake and cotton candy flavoring, along with a butterfly gummy; and the Shark Attack, made with sour tsunami, tiger blood, and topped with a shark gummy.
Rita’s Italian Ice Newport News |12286 Warwick Blvd.
From their famous Italian ice to their classic old-fashioned custard, Rita’s knows you’ll find a terrific treat made just for you. Choices range from Cream Ice (Italian ice with a touch of creaminess added to it) and Galati (a scoop of creamy frozen custard layered on top of Italian ice) to Misto Shakes (Italian ice swirled with creamy custard) and Blendinis (Italian ice blended with creamy frozen custard and your choice of toppings). Other goodies include sugar-free Italian ice, along with milkshakes and frozen drinks.
Sweet Turtle Snoballs |14346 Warwick Blvd. and 6116 Jefferson Ave.
Want a science lesson with your ice cream? Then head to Sweet Turtle, where their frozen concoctions are “made-to-order” using liquid nitrogen! The syrup used in snowballs is what flavors its ice cream and frozen yogurt, allowing Sweet Turtle to offer about 100 flavors, along with more than two dozen toppings! Traditional shaved ice snow cones are also available.
TASTE | 702 Mariners Row
New at the TASTE location in Newport News this year: gelato! For those not familiar with the term, gelato is Italian ice cream. It is typically lower in fat, but higher in sugar than American ice cream. At TASTE, the gelato is handcrafted in small batches, making it richer and creamier than most premium ice cream. Flavors range from coffee crunch and Belgian chocolate chip to mint chip, pistachio and sea salt caramel.
A final note: Did you know that in 1984 President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month? In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the U.S. to observe the month with “appropriate activities.”
That means do your part: Eat Ice Cream!