6 Frozen Treats To Cool Off With This Weekend

Why can’t National Ice Cream Month be all year long?
Lucy’s Lab Creamery is just one place you can visit this weekend to get your frozen-treat fix.
Photo: Courtesy of Lucy’s Lab Creamery


The folks at Naked Cow Dairy in Wai‘anae had no idea how many people would actually scream for ice cream.


When it announced it would be hosting its first-ever Ice Cream Festival this Saturday at the 7-acre dairy farm on social media, the post reached more than 30,000 people in a few days. Phil Doerr, a business consultant who helps out at the farm, estimates about 3,000 people will turn out for the free event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features ice cream from Uncle’s Handmade Ice Cream and OnoPops, demos on making ice cream with liquid nitrogen and old-fashioned churning, goat-milking and archery.


“I guess because it’s ice cream, it’s summer and it’s hot,” Doerr says. “This really could be the first of an annual thing … This is our way of sharing our farm with the community.”


If you can’t get out to Wai‘anae this Saturday, that’s OK. Here are six other ways to beat the heat at any of these shops that specialize in frozen treats.


1. Malamode from Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery

Photo: Courtesy of Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery


First it was the Malafrozada. Now, Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery has added another ingenious dessert mash-up to its menu: the Malamode.


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Available right now only on weekends, the Malamode ($5.50) is simply house-made Malafrozada ice cream—ice cream studded with malassada bits—wrapped by a warm malassada. That’s a lot of fried dough! Not that we’re complaining.


3632 Wai‘alae Ave., (808) 738-8200, pipelinebakeshop.com


2. Gelato pies from Sweet Revenge Honolulu

Photo: Catherine Toth Fox


You may have had Sweet Revenge’s chicken pot pie or mango cheesecake. But not many people know the small Kalihi bakery churns out gelato pies, too.


Each 3-inch pie ($6 each) features Sweet Revenge’s signature butter crust with house-made gelato and toppings. Owner Kathy Masunaga uses local cream and eggs, and everything is made from scratch.


Flavors include browned-butter candied bacon (salted browned-butter gelato with a caramel layer topped with candied bacon and whipped cream) and the Heart of Darkness (chocolate gelato and chocolate brownies topped with sugared almonds and whipped cream, with a drizzle of chocolate genache). Call to order.


979 Robello Lane, (808) 282-0234, sweetrevengehonolulu.com


3. Black Sheep Cream Co.

Photo: Catherine Toth Fox


Open just in time for this humid summer, Black Sheep Cream Co. in Waipi‘o has quickly garnered a loyal following with its hand-crafted ice creams with catchy names made daily at the shop. Some favorites include Joe Gets Nuts (coffee cream with house-made macadamia nut brownie pieces), Once You Go Black (roasted black seseame) and I Like Pig Butts and I Cannot Lie (maple cream with house-made maple-bacon brittle, pictured). One scoop is $4.50, two for $6.50 and cones are a $1 extra. But you can also order a flight of ice creams—we highly recommend this!—with five small scoops of whatever flavors you want for $10.50. The shop runs daily specials and, because the ice cream is made in small batches, popular flavors tend to run out quickly.


94-1235 Ka Uka Blvd., Waipi‘o near Coscto


4. Lucy’s Lab Creamery

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For three years, Lucy’s Lab Creamery has continued to give its regulars new and interesting small-batch ice cream flavors to lure them back. Butter popcorn, coffee and doughnuts, bacon whiskey, strawberry Moscato, honey lavender—you likely won’t find these anywhere else.


New to the lineup this summer are watermelon, blueberry cheesecake and caramel azuki. The lab is also testing some vegan options using coconut cream. (Right now, you can sample pumpkin spice and horchata flavors.)


And, this summer, the shop, which moved from its Kaka‘ako location to South Shore Market this year, started offering ice-cream-making classes. The first one sold out in the first hour it was posted on Instagram. More classes are in the works.


1170 Auahi St., (808) 321-1234, lucyslabcreamery.com


5. Magnolia Ice Cream and Treats

Photo: Michele Aucello


On a recent staycation in Waikīkī, freelance writer Michele Aucello wandered into Magnolia Ice Cream and Treats, which had recently opened its third location in the International Market Place. (The other two locations are in Waipahu and Kalihi.)


Magnolia specializes in popular Filipino dessert halo halo, combining shaved ice with layers of azuki beans, fruit, coconut, coconut gel, ice cream and crunchy cereal, meant to be mixed together and eaten like a sundae. Magnolia Ice Cream uses real tropical fruits from the Philippines. She tried the ube queso (purple yam base with flecks of cheese) paired with green tea and topped with cornflakes. Double thumbs up, she says. “The flavors paired well and the crunch of the cereal complemented the chew of the cheese bits.” Aucello tried the maiz con hielo (pictured), a crazy mixture of creamed corn, whole corn, sweet cream and shave ice.


Various locations, magnoliatreats.com


6. Boozy ice cream and sorbet at Butterfly Ice Cream


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At Butterfly Ice Cream, you can combine two of our favorite things: ice cream and happy hour.


The shop, which recently opened at Salt in Kaka‘ako, serves for-adults-only boozy ice cream and sorbets in flavors including gin and tonic, mimosa and margarita. All the offerings here are made from scratch in small batches.


If it’s too early for happy hour, Butterfly also serves an array of virgin flavors, including sea-salt caramel, strawberry cheesecake and malted vanilla. All flavors, including the alcoholic ones, can be turned into milkshakes using locally sourced milk.


324 Coral St., Suite 103, (808) 429-4483, butterflycreamery.com