Summer Treats in Newport Beach
Summer is here! And, with it comes that oh-so warm weather leaving us thinking “bring on the refreshing frozen sweets!” Whether ice cream is your go-to, or maybe you prefer something like shave ice or fro-yo, Newport Beach has plenty of options to choose from.
Atomic Creamery is one of Orange County’s newest hot spots for fresh, made-to-order ice cream. You can find handcrafted ice cream flavors made using the cutting-edge liquid nitrogen freezing process. They use certified organic dairy and never add preservatives, stabilizers, corn syrup, or any artificial flavors or colors. After all, the freshest ingredients make for premium desserts! If you aren’t feeling creative enough to create your own custom flavor, order up one of their signature creations and watch it take shape right before your eyes. Feeling colorful? The Fairy Floss is beyond insta-worthy, featuring Cotton Candy, Pop Rocks®, Sour Patch Kids® syrup and more. Or maybe you need a midday pick me up… the Bean Mi will provide a dose of caffeine with Vietnamese style coffee ice cream prepared with cold brewed Café Du Monde coffee, with chicory and lechera.
With more than 20 premium ice cream flavors and hand-crafted coffee drinks, Cowafornia Ice Cream has a treat for everyone. The ice cream at Cowafornia is made with real California milk, and their cookies are made fresh in-house, all day long. Snag a scoop of rainbow sherbet or cotton candy swirl for the kiddos, and treat yourself to a unique single-origin pour-over with a cone of salted caramel on the side, and you’re set for a sweet summer afternoon.
Sugar ‘n Spice has been serving up frozen treats to Balboa Island residents and visitors alike since 1945. Known for The Original Frozen Banana and their famed Balboa Bars, this classic dessert shop makes everything to order. Each banana and bar is hand-dipped twice in milk chocolate, then rolled in your favorite toppings of choice. Grab the whole fam and take a bite out of Newport Beach history.
Nothing says ‘refreshing’ quite like a heap of fresh shave ice… located steps from the beach, North Shore Shave Ice serves up summertime sweets. Snag a Hawaiian-style shave ice, a scoop of Thrifty brand ice cream, milkshake, hand-dipped frozen banana, soft-serve cone, or even a smoothie! Go for the pina colada, guava or mai tai shave ice and you’re officially on a tropical vacation, with the Newport Pier still in sight.
Frozen yogurt, fro-yo, whatever you call it… we’re all familiar with this ideal summer treat. Tutti Frutti provides live-culture-certified yogurts in an array of flavors, plus countless toppings to add to the mix. If you’re in the mood for something light and fresh, grab a cup of classic tart and top it with some sliced berries. Maybe you’re wishing you were at a bonfire making s’mores… fill your cup with toasted marshmallow yogurt and throw some chocolate chips and crushed graham crackers on top. Tutti Frutti is a quintessential summer stop.
Ruby’s Diner was born in 1980 and has been serving up classic burgers and fries ever since. Most importantly, the Ruby’s Shake, which is creamy goodness that brings smiles to children and adults’ faces day in and day out. Ruby’s goes so much further than just basic chocolate and vanilla though… get fancy with their salted caramel shake, made with vanilla soft serve, rich caramel and a hint of sea salt. Or, go deluxe and opt for an Oreo® Cookie Fantasy, featuring smooth vanilla ice cream blended with oreo® cookie pieces, or the peanut butter cup, made with creamy peanut butter and rich chocolate syrup. This summer, take a walk down the Newport Pier and visit the historic Ruby’s Shake Shack… and don’t forget to treat yo’self to a shake!
Written By: Bobby Navarro