Melt Ice Creams Is Simple and Awesome and Worth the Drive to Fort Worth

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Amy McCarthy
Sunshine in a sea of beige.
In an area that is hot for most of the year, it's somewhat surprising that there aren't more local ice cream shops in Dallas-Fort Worth. There are plenty of places to find paletas and popsicles, but a pint of hand-churned ice cream made with local ingredients is a little more difficult to find in Dallas.

You'll have to drive to Fort Worth, but Melt Ice Creams' "farm-to-cone" frozen treats are worth the trip.

Melt's bright yellow building is easy to spot on the otherwise beige Rosedale Avenue, and you'll be glad that you ventured away from the usual stops at the Stockyards and Sundance Square. The menu at Melt changes from day to day, and the shop often collaborates with other local restaurants for special menu items. Earlier this week, an uber-trendy macaron ice cream sandwich was on offer, made with lemon macarons from Cakewalk Bake Shop and their own lemon-blueberry ice cream.

The basics shine at Melt Ice Creams, like "Beans," a deeply flavored vanilla made with Madagascar beans. A dark and rich chocolate ice cream called is made with cocoa and smattered with small flecks of chocolate from Katherine Clapner's Dude, Sweet Chocolate. Other flavors, like a berry-balsamic ice cream made with a house balsamic reduction, are more inventive, but equally rich in flavor.

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Amy McCarthy
House-baked waffle cones? Duh.
Waffle cones that are made fresh every day are an obvious choice, but don't expect settling on just one or two scoops to be easy. The scoop slingers behind the counter are eager to let you try a bite of each flavor, which only makes your decision harder. I settled on a scoop each of the Chocolate Chocolate and Salt Lick, a decadent salted caramel ice cream.

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Amy McCarthy
Chocolate + Caramel = Love
Vegans and dairy-free types should make a beeline to Melt Ice Creams for Coco Joe, made with Avoca coffee and coconut milk. Melt changes the vegan option every month, so coffee junkies will want to get there before the 31st. The texture of Coco Joe isn't as creamy as traditional ice cream, and it melts a little faster, but it's a delicious option even for those of us who can eat dairy.

Throw a cooler in the car so you can grab a pint of your favorite flavor, because you're invariably going to be craving it the next day. At $8, a pint of Salt Lick or Coco Joe is practically a bargain when you factor in driving all the way back to Fort Worth.


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8 comments
Nictacular
Nictacular

This place is great. I work pretty close and it's a VERY welcome addition to the area.


happytexan
happytexan

Sweet Firefly in Richardson is our new favorite followed closely by Carnival Barker in Dallas.  There's also Henry's in Plano.


All use fewer gallons of gas for this Dallas gal.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

I do not understand why any attention is paid to anything in Ft. Worth, Denton, McKinney, etc. until you have checked out every bar, grill, and restaurant in Dallas. There are some great family owned places here. They may not focus on haute cuisine ice cream sandwiches, but they serve great TexMex (El Taquito), seafood (Seafood Shack), etc.

I am sure the readers here can give you a list of sufficient length and quality to keep you busy.

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

Nope.  at 16 miles to the gallon that farm to market ice cream would cost me $20 in gasoline only.....and what is the carbon foot print ?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@primi_timpano I bet because of the fact that the readership here isn't all Dallas residents that they venture out for some of the best of the other cities around here.  Sure there are great local family owned places they may not visit here, but dont you think people in Dallas actually venture out to other cities and its nice to have a list of places to go should they end up in Ft Worth Denton Mckinney or Arlington?

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

I see your point, but these out of tow posts, especially this cute ice cream stand, is too DMag style for me.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@primi_timpano I dont think Dmag cares for much outside of Dallas at all, but thats just my view, I dont read much over there

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