From ice cream to churros to ice-blended drinks, cure your sweet summer cravings with one of these.
Honey and Butter Macarons
The creature macarons are inspired by its owners’ two things they love most – animals and macarons. This summer, the shop will launch a cool-looking Corgi in Sunglasses Macaron, which will be filled with flavor rotations of cookie butter or oreo filling. The pastel colored classics are also delicious, and fun to share (or, you know, not).
633 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine | 949-536-5556; honeynbutter.com
Sweet Rolled Tacos
Take your Taco Tuesday to another level with an ice cream stuffed taco, wrapped in a waffle – so much better than your average tortilla. The tacos are big enough for sharing, with a large assortment of colors and flavors that adults and children alike can have fun choosing the taco that suits them best.
9930 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove | 714-300-4607; sweetrolledtacos.com
The Loop: Handcrafted Churros
Your average vertical cinnamon churro is changed into a fun and unique loop-shaped treat, decorated with delicious frostings, glazes, cereal, cookie crumbs, chocolate chips and more. To cool off, you can order it “chilled” with soft served ice cream. The shape makes its easy-to-hold; not that carrying it around is a problem, you’ll most likely have it all in your tummy in no time.
9729 Bolsa Ave, Westminster | 714-713-8570; theloopchurros.com
Afters Ice Cream
Afters Ice Cream is so colorful and fun that you absolutely will want to get a photo of your treat before you devour it. Unique flavors like Milk and Cereal, Cookie Monster and Jasmine Milk Tea are available, as well the popular “Milky Bun” which is a hot glazed bun with ice cream stuffed inside for a extraordinary hot/cold effect.
Multiple locations | aftersicecream.com
Cauldron Ice Cream
Cauldron Ice Cream will offer the Vegan Speculoos (dairy-free cookie butter ice cream) and Midnight Munchies (sweet and salty ice cream topped with potato chips) as summer specials. The homemade ice cream mixes liquid nitrogen and a sweet creamy base for a fun and unique treat worth the trip out to.
1421 W Macarthur Blvd. F, Santa Ana | cauldronicecream.com
This drink shop is everything fresh – fresh fruit teas and smoothies, lemonade squeezed from real lemons, freshly brewed coffee, and more. Chilled drinks like the “Frozen Sunrise”, an ice-blended drink of mango and coconut and topped with a fresh mango and strawberry, is the perfect thirst-quencher to cool off with on a hot summer day and not feel bad about it.
Multiple OC locations | roastingwater.com
STAX Cookie Bar
The signature “Puffle Cones” filled with ube ice cream and topped with sprinkles, syrup, and whipped cream are so fluffy and tasty. STAX also makes their own batter, and actually makes the puffle cones fresh-to-order, so everything tastes just as good as homemade.
4187 Campus Drive #M174, Irvine | 949-861-2055; staxbakery.com
By Jackie Moe