Best Frozen Treats to Try in Houston

  • 01 of 05

    MAM's Snoballs

    Snoball from MAM's House of Ice
    MAM's House of Ice

    Houston’s original snoball stand, MAM’s serves New Orleans-style snoballs with finely shaved ice so soft, it’s like a freshly fallen snow. With roughly 50 flavors to choose from, you can play it safe with something traditional like Cherry or Lemon-lime, or go bold with flavors like Creole Cream Cheese or Dill Pickle. MAM’s also offers specialty combos, like Caramel Apple or Mam’s Dilly Spice, as well as a variety of toppings and creams.

    Tip: Add a scoop of Blue Bell ice-cream to your snoball or pair it with a Café au lait for an extra special treat. 

    Features
    Pet-friendly patio
    Kid-friendly
    Outdoor seating

    Location
    MAM's House of Ice
    1040 West Calvalcade Street
    Houston, TX 77009
    713-868-4545

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  • 02 of 05

    Kwality Ice Cream

    Ice cream scoop
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    While Kwality certainly has a selection of standard ice cream fare — like mango or vanilla — they specialize in Indian flavors not often seen in traditional ice cream shops. The gourmet scoops can only be described as decadent, with a rich consistency that rivals the best Italian gelato. For something different, try the falooda kulfi, which features a light rose flavor and is topped with falooda noodles and basil seeds. The store offers more than 30 different flavors, so be sure to try to a few at the counter before ordering. 

    The New Jersey-based chain has two locations in Houston and prides itself on making wholesome ice cream with only pure ingredients. Its website claims "just one taste will win you over." And that challenge is worth accepting. 

    Features
    Kid-friendly
    Sugar-free options

    Location​s
    Kwality Ice Cream
    5636 Hillcroft Street
    Houston, TX 77036  
    832-777-7995

    13425 University Blvd
    Sugar Land, TX 77479
    281-277-6677

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  • 03 of 05

    Nu Snowflake Ice

    Nu Ice
    Nu Cafe

    Nu Snowflake Ice — often referred to as Nu Ice or Ribbon Ice — takes more than 10 hours to prepare. The ice is finely shaved and laid out in ribbons, and while it has the consistency of a fluffy ice cream, it melts in your mouth like snow, making it a light and refreshing dessert.  You can choose from several flavors — such as strawberry, peanut butter or lychee — and top it all off with a little something extra like condensed milk or fruit. Nu also prides itself on using low-fat, preservative-free ingredients made with all-natural flavors, making it a delicious treat with minimal guilt. 

    Features
    Kid-friendly

    Locations
    Nu Cafe
    9889 Bellaire Boulevard, Suite 112A
    Houston, TX 77036
    713-771-7771

    Nu Ice & Drinks
    5901 Westheimer Road #B1
    Houston, TX 77057
    832-649-2266

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  • 04 of 05

    Rita's Gelati

    Rita's of Columbia Heights, DC
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    If you like a frozen treat you can slurp through a straw, Rita’s is the place to find it. They offer a great selection of frozen beverages combined with rich, delicious frozen custard. For a tasty treat, be sure to try the Gelati — your choice of flavored Italian Ice (AKA “water ice”) layered with generous, swirly dollops of frozen custard. Ice and custard flavors sometimes vary but include choices like cheesecake, mango, and Dr. Pepper. 

    Located along Houston's bustling White Oak Drive, Rita's is a great place for something satisfyingly sweet after a delicious dinner in the Heights

    Features
    Kid-friendly
    Sugar-free options

    Location
    Rita's of Houston Heights
    2802 White Oak Drive
    Houston, TX 77007
    832-987-4827

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  • 05 of 05

    Juice Box's Shaved Ice

    Juice Box Shaved Ice
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    Located right next door to Nu Café is Juice Box, a cozy juice bar that also specializes in Taiwanese treats. The go-to dessert here is shaved ice — but not of the sno-cone variety. This shaved ice is creamy like ice cream and is piled high with sweetened condensed milk, fresh fruit, and ice cream. Try the Mixed Fruit for something on the lighter side or Banana/Strawberry and Chocolate bowl for a banana-split-like treat. The large size is generous and perfect for sharing, so be sure to bring a friend.

    Tip: Parking near Juice Box can be tight, so it's best to come during off hours to avoid driving around to find a spot. 

    Features
    Kid-friendly

    Location
    Juice Box
    9889 Bellaire Boulevard, Suite 109
    Houston, TX 77036
    713-484-8085