If temperatures in central Texas have left you passed out and panting on the streets, it's a good sign that you need some sweet relief. Here's where you can go to freeze your mouth, even while the rest of you bakes.
If frozen yogurt and ice cream totally did it and had a baby, that baby would be frozen custard. Thicker than froyo but not as rock-like as ice cream, it's a specific decadence all by itself, specifically since you don't even have to get out of the car at Shake's! Just drive through and get your treat, then drive immediately to the nearest swimming pool. Maybe wait until you've finished your custard to jump in.
A favorite fro-yo stop for the north Austin set, Tomunchi is rich and creamy on the tongue. They also offer tons of fresh fruit for toppings, like mango, kiwi, and coconut.
Sweet Ritual commands its own dessert station inside Daily Juice Cafe, dishing up decadent soft-serve vegan ice cream inside Butterfinger-laced, coconut-sprinkled, and chocolate-dipped waffle cones. Sundaes and shakes also line the menu, and coming soon: Hard, scoopable ice cream! Sweet Ritual recently hosted a wildly successful Kickstarter to pay for their ice cream machine, so in no time at all, look for an even wider variety of creative vegan cold treats.
You watched Arrested Development and enjoyed a fine TV show; these girls watched it and launched a Gob-inspired business. A frozen banana stand whose toppings range from Oreos to coconut, peanut butter to cookies, there really might be anarchy if this place ever went away.
Casey's is a straight up Austin institution, with a huge line around the corner in the summertime, and kids giggling over sticky fingers. Family run for almost 20 years, the flavors aren't your typical sno-cone fare: Think creamy custard syrups and chocolate toppings.
The flavors are pretty standard (vanilla, chocolate, sometimes strawberry), but the service here is so incredibly sweet. You can also order a "custard parfait" here, as I saw someone do once with chocolate custard and M&M's. Then topped with hot fudge sauce. (This person was 6.)
Super, teeny tiny granular shaved ice: That's what makes Kawaii more creamy-seeming than your typical sno cone. Try it if your ever up north, and get the tangy orange flavor.
OK, so Top G sells a sno cone called a "piccadilly," which is something of a Texas delicacy: Think a sno cone, with your flavor, topped with sugar, chili salt, and (stay with me) DILL PICKLES. Doesn't that sound horrifying? But it's not. It's bizarrely delicious. The Raspberry Piccadilly is one of the most popular, and definitely my favorite.
Quark Cheese & Fig ice cream? Are you serious? I ate this flavor at Lick, and fear I may have made inappropriate noises while doing so.
Pineapple Basil, Cafe Con Leche, Creamy Lime - these are all the freakin' amazing flavors Mom & Pop whips up for you. (Not your actual parents. The business.) Find 'em at Wheatsville, Fresh Plus, and most other local grocery stores, as well as all local farmer's markets over the weekend.