There aren't many things that I enjoy more than ice cream -- especially on a hot day. Luckily, there are lots of great local spots where I can get my fix.
If you find yourself enjoying Hendricks County, Indiana, on a sweltering summer day, there are plenty of places to cool off with a frozen treat. Here are some of the best places to indulge in something cold and sweet:
Avon's Frost Bite is a favorite of mine -- partly because of their delicious menu and partly because I've been enjoying it since I was a kid.
Not only do they offer delicious ice cream and milkshakes, they also have a full food menu that you can enjoy on their outdoor patio for lunch or dinner.
Their tenderloin is top-notch, but if you're looking for something cooler, I have to recommend the Oreo Cheesecake Frost, but really you can't go wrong with any of their treats including cones, milkshakes and much more.
Keep in mind when you stop by that Frost Bite has outdoor seating only. They also have a drive through.
Lizton Dairy Bar
The Lizton Dairy Bar is another Hendricks County classic. They serve delicious ice cream with a nostalgic flair. They also serve hot food like burgers, fries, coney dogs and my personal favorite, fried pickles.
My favorite treat here is a soft-serve chocolate-dipped cone. They've got the best soft-serve ice cream around!
But their chocolate milkshakes as well as their flurries, floats and freezes are also very popular.
The Lizton Dairy Bar offers outdoor seating and a drive through.
Danny's Mexican Ice Cream
I recently shared my family's Danny's Mexican Ice Cream experience right here on the Hendricks County Insider. To summarize it in one word: YUM.
We loved the flavor and creaminess of Mexican-style ice cream, as well as the amazing selection of flavors. They also have several dairy-free options for those with dietary limitations.
If you're looking for something that is both delicious and unique, you have to try Danny's Mexican Ice Cream.
Gee's Nice Cream
The coolest thing about this ice cream is that it is made with liquid nitrogen, putting the 'N' in Nice Cream. And every single serving is made to order!
They take fresh cream and freeze it with liquid nitrogen at a temperature of -321 degrees Fahrenheit. The smoke rolls over the counters as they expertly mix in your choice of candy and/or other treats and continue the process. It was fascinating to watch, and the ice cream tastes delectable.
Gee's Nice Cream offers about 20 flavors of ice cream with tons of mix-in options, from fruit to candy to nuts. Pick your favorite flavor and your favorite mix-in and watch the fun begin.
These are just a few recommendations. I want to hear yours, too! Let me know what local spots I need to try in the Comments section below.