5 Great Icy Treats in Tampa to Keep You Cool This Summer

Hi! We’re Candy and Crystal. We’re sisters who grew up as military brats and spent the first half of our lives in Japan. The majority of our family resides in Japan, but we ventured out and have spent the second half of our lives mainly in the United States. We both love traveling and have always documented our travels, so we decided it was time to share our travel experiences with the rest of the world.

Every summer in Florida, I always think to myself: Can it get any hotter? And every year, yes, it gets hotter. That's why us Floridians need help cooling down. Thankfully, Tampa has a great variety of icy cold treats for us: 

1 | Revolution Ice Cream

This place has the most amazing homemade ice cream and they have fun flavors like Eurotrash, Matt's Fatty Rolls and Grandma's Oreo. They rotate their flavors regularly and every flavor we have tried so far has been excellent. Whenever we're in a mood for some ice cream, this is definitely our go-to spot. Bonus points for being super pet friendly!  

LOCATION: 6701 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL

Fun flavors at Revolution Ice cream

Fun flavors at Revolution Ice cream

The Fried Cheesecake Sundae was to die for

The Fried Cheesecake Sundae was to die for

Sure Kuma, you can take the rest of my ice cream

Sure Kuma, you can take the rest of my ice cream

 

2 | Icesmile

Icesmile is popular for their rolled ice cream, which apparently originated in Thailand. They are always packed with a line almost out the door, but you won't be waiting long as their service is super speedy. They have a fun decor of Post-its all over the walls with messages from their customers. I love that they have my favorite green tea flavor and use the Japanese koala snack as their main topping.

LOCATION: 512 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL

The popular Thai-rolled ice cream at Icesmile

The popular Thai-rolled ice cream at Icesmile

Lots of fun toppings to choose from

Lots of fun toppings to choose from

Green tea + strawberry rolled ice cream

Green tea + strawberry rolled ice cream

 

3 | The Hyppo

The Hyppo originated in St. Augustine, Florida and has made it's way down to Tampa with a couple of locations in Ybor City and Hyde Park Village. They serve gourmet ice pops that are all natural and all their ingredients are non-GMO. They use fresh fruits, fresh herbs and evaporated can juice. There are so many interesting