August and September can be hard months for fall-lovers who are beyond ready for cooler temps. Those long summer days sometimes even stretch into October, making the summer lovers among us happy as larks. Whether your heart is with boots or flip-flops, you can beat the heat with ice cream from these seven local spots. (Please check Facebook pages or websites as hours may change seasonally.)
Roll’d Creamery opened in Clarksville almost a year ago. The owner is a young veteran who left service at Fort Campbell after an injury. Fortunately for us, he used the money he had saved to open, what was at the time, a new concept in Clarksville: rolled ice cream. A friend in New Jersey showed him the techniques, then he crafted all his own recipes. You’ll find favorites year around -- like Bad and Boujee, a dreamy strawberry banana chocolate concoction – along with seasonal specialties. An experience worth the wait, you watch your ice cream being made. But, if you’re in a hurry, you’ll want to go at off-peak times.
Visit Roll’d Creamery at 1715 Wilma Rudolph Blvd.
Golly G’s is a throw-back to the ice cream parlors of bygone days. In addition to dozens of flavors of hand-dipped ice cream, you’ll find baked treats like dinner-plate size cinnamon rolls, brownies, wedding cake squares and a few healthier items like organic energy bites. They also serve coffees like the Affogato, a double shot of espresso over a large scoop of ice cream. The namesake pièce de résistance Golly G is a giant cinnamon roll topped with a large scoop of sweet buttercream ice cream and drizzled in a rich caramel sauce. If that doesn’t take you straight to ice cream heaven, we don’t know what will!
Visit Golly G’s at 2262 Madison Street.
If you’ve lived or traveled in California or Mexico, you might leave craving paletas, literally “paddles”, or Mexican popsicles. You will find them here in all their fresh-made goodness at La Michoacana Delicias downtown. Using natural ingredients and fresh fruit to create amazing flavors daily like mango chili, avocado (the house favorite), pina colada, strawberry kiwi and more. The Gransito (made with a Twinkie) looks quite amazing! You’ll also find homemade hand-dipped ice cream, smoothies, juices, and cakes.
La Michoacala Delicias is at 700 N. Riverside Drive
Homemade rolled ice cream and fresh-fruit smoothies are the tip of the iceberg at Clarksville’s newest sweet shop, Princess Delicie. Opening only a couple of weeks ago, the deli’s staples are French and Italian crepes. They pride themselves on offering both ends of the sweet and savory spectrum – and doing it all day long. Rather than offering a set ice cream menu, you create your own with choices of ice cream, syrup, “mix-ins” and toppings. If that’s not sweet enough for you, you can also order any of the French crepes in a cone!
Visit Princess Delicie at 1610 Ft. Campbell Blvd.
Fruit Rolling Ice Cream opened this year in the Sango area. Their ice cream and smoothies are prepared with organic fresh fruits and pure milk for a rich creamy taste. Here, they have a few menu creations, but you can also pick your ice cream, fruit and toppings to construct your own customized delicacy. They’re located just off the main thoroughfare, so are usually a little less busy that some of the others.
Visit Fruit Rolling Ice Cream at 2400 Madison Street.
Rollin’ in the Dough offers edible raw dough, hand-scooped ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies, and iced coffees. The raw cookie dough is safe to eat because it's made in-house with pasteurized eggs and heat-treated flour. Among the nine flavors of dough, you’re likely to find your favorite – or maybe even discover a new favorite. Twelve flavors of ice cream rotate daily. You can also enjoy banana splits, sundaes, fruit smoothies, and protein shakes.
Rollin’ in the Dough is located at 1477 Dover Road.
La Michoacana Gourmet uses 100% all-natural ingredients and fresh fruit to produce amazing popsicles daily like Granny’s Chocolate, avocado, horchata mango with chili and more. In addition to bars, you’ll find homemade hand-scooped ice cream, sorbets, juice bars, smoothies, frozen yogurt, juices, and other authentic Mexican snacks like mangoniadas, and Mexican corn.
La Michoacana Gourmet is located at 1671 Ft. Campbell Blvd.