GUIDE: Treats to beat the heat

The Bay Area is home to several local businesses that sell everything from shaved ice to cold drinks to traditional ice cream. Here are some shops to visit to beat the heat this summer.

Sweet Scoops
Sweet Scoops offers Kemah Boardwalk visitors an assortment of ice cream. Customers can buy a variety of Blue Bell ice cream flavors, from banana pudding to mint chocolate chip, and top scoops with fruit and candy toppings. Waffle cones, shakes and sundaes are also available.

215 Kipp Ave., Ste. 8, Kemah
Hours (vary): Mon.-Wed. noon-8 p.m., Thu. noon-10 p.m., Fri. noon-11 p.m., Sat.-Sun.
11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Price range: $5-$7.50

World Famous Daiquiris & Margaritas To Go
World Famous Daiquiris & Margaritas To Go offers frozen adult beverages to go, including popular cocktails such as hurricanes and pina coladas, and many daiquiri flavors, such as strawberry, banana, watermelon and mango. The business also features several margarita variations and unique mixes and creations.

1235 Clear Lake City Blvd., Ste. A, Houston
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 2-10 p.m., Sat.-Sun. and holidays noon-10 p.m.
Price range: $6.50-$10.95

Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze sells colorful snow cones topped with fruits, candies and even doughnuts served in everything from Mason jars to mini watermelons. The business also sells shakes and cold fruit drinks.

2716 Preston Rd., Pasadena
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 1-8 p.m., closed Sun.
Price range: $1.50-$18

SnoBall Hut
SnoBall Hut is a family-owned business that has operated since 2010. It offers over 200 flavors of shaved ice from apple pie to spearmint to white Russian. SnoBall Hut also has several toppings, including Skittles, hot fudge and even chopped pickles.

16701 El Camino Real, Ste. 140, Houston
Hours: Mon.-Thu. noon-9 p.m.,
Fri.-Sat. noon-10 p.m., Sun. 1-9 p.m.
Price range: $2.50-$5.50

Seabrook Waffle Co.
Waffles are not normally considered desserts one would eat to cool off on a hot day, but they can be when topped with ice cream, which is Seabrook Waffle Co.’s specialty. The business offers Liege waffles crowned with everything from chocolate and vanilla ice cream to whipped cream with syrups and fruits added.

1402 Fifth St., Seabrook
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 8 a.m.-9 p.m.,
Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m.-10 p.m., closed Sun.
Price range: $2.25-$7.95

Cool Cow Creamery
Cool Cow Creamery offers an assortment of ice creams, from waffle cones topped with assorted flavors to classic banana splits and sundaes to root beer and even orange soda floats.

609 Bradford Ave., Ste. 111, Kemah
Hours: Mon. 2-9 p.m., Tue.-Thu. noon-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. noon-10 p.m., Sun. noon-9 p.m.
Price range: $2.95-$8.95

Kahuna Joe’s
Since 2017, Kahuna Joe’s has been providing Hawaiian shave ice treats to the Bay Area. The shave ice comes with handmade fruit syrup flavors on top of scoops of vanilla ice cream, and the Kemah location allows for alcohol to be mixed into the shave ice. Flavors include pineapple, banana, black cherry, pink lemonade and more. The business also sells cool drinks, smoothies and other summer treats.

812 E. Main St., League City
Hours: Sun.-Thu. noon-9 p.m.,
Fri.-Sat. noon-10 p.m.
Price range: $2.95-$6.50
7B: 604 Bradford Ave., Kemah
Hours: Sun.-Thu. noon-9 p.m.,
Fri.-Sat. noon-11 p.m.

Ca Phe Phin
“Ca phe” means “coffee” in Vietnamese, and Ca Phe Phin offers frappes and iced coffee, but those are not the only summer drinks this business offers. Ca Phe Phin also sells bubble tea, which is cool milk tea filled with balls of tapioca or jelly. Flavors include green tea, chocolate, blueberry, jasmine and more. The business allows customers to add tapioca to other cool drinks it offers, including smoothies.

1354 NASA Parkway, Ste. B, Houston
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.,
Sat.-Sun. noon-5 p.m.
Price range: $4-$5.50

By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.