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Summer Guide: We all scream for ice cream (and froyo) in the summer heat

June 22, 2019 Updated Tue., June 25, 2019 at 12:22 a.m.

One of the best parts of summer is enjoying desserts with family and friends to cool off from the heat that overtakes the season. Humidity (compared to the dry heat of my previous home of Las Vegas)? Gross.

There are family-friendly options aplenty in Spokane for ice cream and frozen yogurt. There are the tried-and-true and dependable mainstream safe havens of Baskin-Robbins, Ben & Jerry’s, Cold Stone Creamery, Dairy Queen and McDonald’s.

Before partaking in cold and/or frozen lusciousness, here are a few fun facts, folks: An “ice cream” of sorts was invented in China in about 200 B.C. when a mixture of milk and rice was frozen by packing it into snow, and an ice-cream-like concoction was first consumed in China in 618-97 A.D. King Tang of Shang had 94 ice men who created a dish of buffalo milk, flour and camphor.

The things you unearth via Google. Per a handful of Spokane parents and yours truly, here are ice cream and frozen yogurt shops to check out this summer (and all year long, really). Pro tip: Call ahead for flavors, as they vary during the seasons.

Abi’s Ice Cream

112 N. 4th St., Coeur d’Alene; (208) 930-0699

Notable: Mint chocolate gooey brownie and Arnold Palmer sorbet (lemon and tea)

Bluberry Frozen Yogurt

4727 N. Division St., Spokane; (509) 487-4410

Notable: Grab a cup, choose among usually 10 flavors of froyo, add toppings and place on scale.

Brain Freeze

1238 W. Summit Parkway, Spokane; (509) 321-7569

1230 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane; (509) 309-3830

Notable: Hundreds(!) of flavors, including vegan options

Didier’s Yogurt & More

10410 N. Division St., Spokane; (509) 466-8434

Notable: Choose your own blends (Irish mint, for example) and toppings (Oreos, marionberries)

Doyle’s Ice Cream Parlor

2229 W. Boone Ave., Spokane; no phone number listed

Notable: Huckleberry. Small-business icon Doyle’s opened in 1940 in West Central Spokane.

Froyo Earth

Multiple locations

Notable: Multiple self-serve flavors, it’s like Bluberry except with more locations

Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle

802 W. Garland Ave., Spokane; (509) 325-1772

Notable: Old-fashioned café with old-fashioned desserts. “Benny & Joon” (1993) was filmed here.

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

9986 N. Newport Highway, Spokane; (509) 413-2407

Notable: Dozens of delicious flavors

Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Chocolates and Ice Cream

513 E. Hastings Road, Spokane; (509) 321-7450

Notable: A chocolatier and ice cream shop? Yes, please! Family owned since 1964.

Pete and Belle’s Ice Cream Shop

1330 N. Argonne Road, Suite C, Spokane Valley; (509) 924-4718

Notable: Forty-eight flavors of floats – fun!

Sweet Peaks Ice Cream

415 W. Main Ave., Spokane; (509) 474-9096

Notable: Pine needles and crickets as ingredients? It’s mountain-made ice cream from Montana.

The Scoop

1001 W. 25th Ave., Spokane; (509) 535-7171

Notable: Creations, with rotating flavors, include Banoffee Pie, basil and LemonHuckleBlue

Yummy Ice Cream Rolls

1601 N. Division St., Spokane; address; (509) 309-2991

Notable: Trendy in recent years, rolled ice cream is a lighter and fun version – think Cold Stone in how it’s created – of the dessert.

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