Rita Cook – Guest Contributor
Jun 4 2018
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Summertime gives many of us a sweet tooth. So, where are the best sugary treats to be found as the temperatures rise in Dallas? Whether its gelato, chocolate or just a good old-fashioned sugar high, here are a few local stops that won’t disappoint.

If you head over to the popular downtown Dallas Victory Park area this month, you will definitely want to stop in at the brand new Popbar, famous for its handmade gelato-on-a-stick and other frozen treats. Popbar offers not only handcrafted gelato, but also sorbetto and yogurt on a stick too. The tagline “Popbar consumption may result in addictive behavior” is no joke since, in addition to frozen hot chocolate on a stick, the menu also includes over 40 flavors that rotate regularly. Even better? You can add dippings and toppings, so the flavor is all your own. The popologists at Popbar make all their treats in-house every day producing 26 popbars at a time and using natural ingredients.

At It’Sugar, also located at Victory Park, the candy rush will be all too real as your mind is boggled just looking at all the sugary options. Coined a candy emporium specializing in innovative sweets, fun novelty gifts, and giant candy, the concept was founded by candy veteran Jeff Rubin. These days, It’Sugar is the largest specialty candy retailer in the world and in addition to Dallas there are locations in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, and Chicago.

At Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, Frios Gourmet Pops opened just in time for the warm temperature. Frios handmakes their pops daily using fresh, local ingredients and customers will find delicious fruit or cream-based flavors to choose from. “We are so excited to open Frios in Allen,” says Khristine Wilson, owner of Frios in Watters Creek. “In addition to selling our ‘fun fresh frozen’ pops in the store, we’ll also have a cart out on The Green for all the Concerts by the Creek.” Founded in 2013 as a single push cart on the streets of downtown Gadsden, Alabama, the idea has resulted in tens of thousands of gourmet pops a day in Frios stores around the country. In addition to flavors like strawberry and chocolate, there are also choices like Strawberry Mango, Pomegranate Grapefruit and BlackBerry Ginger Lemonade or the more decadent Creamy Coconut and Caramel Sea Salt, Nutter Butter, Fruity Pebbles or Key Lime Pie.

At Frost gelato shoppe, you won’t leave unsatisfied. Located on Walnut Hill in Dallas and with a second shop in Austin, Frost prides itself on gelato and sorbet as well as cakes, coffee, hot chocolate and Sorbettini, meaning sorbet and sparkling water combined. Gelato flavors range from the tried and true favorites to bubblegum, mint chocolate chip and even toasted marshmallow or rum raisin. 

Chocolate Secrets on Oak Lawn is for chocolate junkies who can’t get enough.  With organic ingredients as the norm, you will also find French macarons in a variety of flavors or ice cream and coffee on the menu. However, it’s the chocolate that keep customers returning. Think truffles, bonbons and even chocolate bars, oh so tasty and perfect for the summer.