Sweet Treats to Beat the Heat: Where to find Ice Cream and Other Frozen Treats in Tulsa
When the thermometer starts its inevitable climb toward triple-digits, don’t sweat: That’s what ice cream (and its frosty kin) is for. From sno cones to gelato to popsicles to good ol’ fashioned (but totally reimagined) ice cream, here are some of our favorite places to find ice cream – and more – in Tulsa.
Rose Rock Microcreamery
Downtown Tulsa: 113 E. 5th St.
Broken Arrow: 115 N. Main St., Broken Arrow
How Do I Eat You? Let Me Count the Ways: Cups, cones, floats, s’mores, affogato, ice cream sandwiches, pints, flights and pies!
When asked about Rose Rock’s flavor offerings, concept creator and strategic planner Jason Decker says, “We look at our dairy like a painter looks at their canvas. Some days we just get inspiration by what we see at the store.” This approach means that Rose Rock frequently updates their menu with unique flavor combinations (olive oil and lemon, anyone?) while also keeping crowd favorites for longer periods of time.
Decker says that their status as a local small business makes partnering with similar businesses a priority, so they purchase many of their ingredients from local farms or bakeries.
If you are looking for dairy-free or vegan options, they have both. Decker says, “I would argue that we have the best no-dairy offerings you can get anywhere.”
Josh’s Sno Shack
71st and Garnett, 91st and Memorial, 111th and Memorial, 51st and Sheridan, 91st and Delaware, 81st and Aspen, 41st and Riverside, 714 W. Main St., Jenks, 21st and Yale (by the Golden Driller), 37th and Peoria, Stillwater, 151st and Memorial
Sno Delicious: Try the Dragon Slayer, a mix of peach, pink lemonade and dragon fruit flavors! Or visit their website and hunt for their “secret menu” of staff favorites.
Josh’s Sno Shack was born out of young love and the dream of helping Tulsans create great summer memories. Josh Juarez started the business after his freshman year of college as a way to support himself and his high school sweetheart, to whom he is now married, through college. Today, Josh’s Sno Shack has over eight locations, with more to come.
To get updates on the newest flavors and locations, follow @joshssnoshack on Facebook and Instagram. And, if you want Josh’s all to yourself, go to joshssnoshack.com/events for information about their catering options.
Broken Arrow: 217 S. Main St., Broken Arrow
Cherry Street: 1601 E. 15th St., Tulsa
STG Gelato can also be found at Andolini’s in Jenks and Owasso and at Andolini’s Sliced in downtown Tulsa.
Classic and Contemporary: Try traditional Italian flavors, such as straciatella and panna cotta, as well as modern twists, like Biscoff (cookie-butter flavored).
Close your eyes and imagine strolling along Ponte Vecchio in summertime Florence or taking a relaxing gondola cruise through the canals of Venice. While not all of us can take an actual Italian vacation this summer, at least the gelato at STG Gelateria can give Tulsans a taste of Italy.
STG’s gelato is made in-house on Italian machines using Italian ingredients and the same process used by their Italian counterparts: it is an homage to tradition from start to finish.
Big Dipper Creamery
Mother Road Market: 1125 S. Lewis Ave.
Sand Springs: 120 N. Main St., Sand Springs
Brookside: 3633 S. Peoria Ave.
Take a dip: Big Dipper Creamery features 12+ flavors at a time at their Mother Road Market location—and they encourage you to sample them all!
Sami and Brian Cooper’s dream of starting an ice cream business originated at home. “We started making ice cream in our kitchen, which led to sharing it with our family and friends—we loved seeing the joy it brought them and we wanted to bring the same joy to our community,” says Sami Cooper.
Having noticed an under-filled niche for “premium, locally made ice cream,” their dream became a reality through participation in the Kitchen 66 program, which helps kickstart Tulsa food businesses by providing important resources and training.
In 2018, Kitchen 66 expanded into the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation’s Mother Road Market at 11th and Lewis, and Big Dipper Creamery was among the first occupants.
When asked what is most rewarding about owning an ice cream business in Tulsa, Cooper responded, “We know this community appreciates quality and creativity, which is why we feel really supported here. Ice cream is a feel-good food that we take seriously, and sharing it with our patrons is incredibly rewarding.”
Gaetano’s Pizzeria and Creamery
12141 S. Elm St., #105, Jenks
Better Together: No one’s judging if you want ice cream for dinner, but if you decide to go with something more substantial, Gaetano’s also offers quality pizza inspired by owner Doug Mitcho’s Italian heritage.
Gaetano’s is a true family business. Co-owners Doug and Jennifer Mitcho named the business after Doug Mitcho’s grandfather, Gaetano Antonio Guadagnino, who loved gardening and cooking and was known as a “uomo di respetto,” or “man of respect” by his Italian peers, and they strive to honor his memory by prioritizing responsibility, respect and relationships in running their restaurants.
Gaetano’s serves Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, a family-owned business located in Wisconsin known for its creaminess and unique flavors loaded with “extras” like Oreo chunks, caramel swirls, etc. Want more good news? Gaetano’s delivers. According to Doug Mitcho, “A pint of ice cream is a very popular choice when it can be delivered right to your front door.”
Other Places to Find Ice Cream+ in Tulsa:
- Braum’s, of course! (Multiple locations)
- Cherry and Bark, 1347 E. 11th St. (Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios)
- La Tapatia, 1938 S. Garnett Rd.
- Marble Slab Creamery, 500 Riverwalk Terrace, Jenks; 403 W. Stone Wood Dr., Broken Arrow
- Rustic Gate Creamery, 101 W. Main St., Jenks, serving 16 flavors of ice cream as well as old-fashioned candy and shaved ice in Jenks. Available for parties.
- Sugar Llamas, multiple locations
- Yum Eats & Sweets, 8204 S. Harvard Ave.
Soda Fountain + Sensational Shakes
- MAD Eats, 201 S Main St. STE #130, Owasso
- S&B’s Burger Joint, 9529 N. Owasso Expressway, Owasso
- Society Burger, 1419 E. 15th St.; 9999 S. Mingo Rd.
- 918 Coffee, 2446 E. 11th St.
- Andy’s Frozen Custard, multiple locations
- Freddy’s Frozen Custard, multiple locations
- Frios Gourmet Pops, 105 N. Greenwood Ave.
- Glacier Confection, 1902 Utica Square and 10051 S. Yale Ave.
Shaved Ice and More
- Iguana Island Treats, 51st and Memorial, 71st and 169, 71st and Elm (BA). Serves pineapple whip and other whip special flavors.
- Roppongi, 601 S. Boston Ave.
- Shaved Ice Ice Baby, 437 E. 141st St., Glenpool
- Sugar Booger, 116-A Main St., Jenks