Top Five Brain Freezes
Traders Point Creamery
9101 N. Moore Rd., 317-733-1700, traderspointcreamery.com
Walk up to the Dairy Bar inside the Loft barn-turned-restaurant at this rustic Zionsville farm, where sweet salvation comes in the form of Creamline Artisan ice cream, silky milkshakes, smoothies, and frozen yogurt made with organic milk.
Gordon’s Ice Cream Parlor
2902 E. 10th St., 317-453-1360, gordon2634.wix.com/gordonsicecream
This cozy, candy-striped parlor near Pogue’s Run Grocer dips up homemade ice creams, sorbets, milkshakes—even vegan frozen yogurt. With 40 rotating flavors and 10 fruit, nut, cereal, candy, and other cold-stone mix-ins, the possibilities for permutation are dizzying.
On a Stick
916 E. Westfield Blvd., 317-602-6423, niceytreat.com
The all-natural, fruit-based gourmet popsicles come in flavors like strawberry mint, pineapple basil, dark chocolate chili, toasted coconut, and avocado. Do not skimp on the additional chocolate dip—well worth the extra buck.
The Latest Scoop
Three locations, wyliepalooza.com
Beyond its brick-and-mortar stores in Irvington, Brownsburg, and Fishers, this family-owned entity (charmingly named for the owner’s granddaughter) got its mobile “Wylietruck” up and running last year for markets and events, hocking scoops and cones of signature premium ice cream, sundaes, boba teas, and root-beer and orange floats.
Fresco Italian Cafe
310 W. Michigan St., 317-797-9185, frescoindy.com
Sitting outside on the ground level of the Cosmopolitan apartment building along the canal, enjoying a tart lemon or refreshing watermelon Italian ice as gondolas skim by, you might just think you’ve somehow been magically teleported to Venice. (Ask for your ice spiked with vodka, if that’s how you roll.) Or, step up to order one of these homemade frozen treats from the seasonal walk-up window on the Cultural Trail off of Mass Ave.