I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Too cliché? Probably. But nothing is better in this #Hotlanta summer than a cool, refreshing treat.
There are a myriad of ways to enjoy ice cream, and I’ve found a couple of spots in Cobb that should be on your must-visit list.
Sarah Jean's Ice Cream
Father and son duo, Steve and Hunter Cook, are at the helm of this traditional sweet shop. Located two doors down from The Strand, Sarah Jean’s Ice Cream is in a prime location for people visiting the square.
Once inside, an overhead handmade train — created by the original owners — greets you along with a large chalk board to the right that displays the sweet selections.
The homemade ice cream uses a local dairy that has been an Atlanta staple since 1955 and offers 40-plus flavors of ice cream, frozen yogurt, gelato, Italian lice and sorbets. Everything is done the old-fashioned way and includes all-natural ingredients. And you can tell by the taste — it’s creamy, smooth and full of flavor. Shout out to the butter fat content, which Steve said is the key to great tasting ice cream.
The pride themselves on not being “gimmicky,” so they offer mostly what you would find in a traditional ice cream shop as it pertains to flavors. But they do try to add in a few new options every now and then, like their custom blue moon ice cream that features blue raspberry, lemon and raspberry flavors combined. Kids will rave over the bubble gum ice cream (as did I!) — it has actual pieces of bubble gum infused in the creamy concoction.
If you’re looking for some decadence, try their banana split. You can customize the ice cream flavors. I tried butter pecan and rocky road in mine, and it was everything I could dream of. And for a little guilt-free dessert, their Italian ice is a nice, refreshing choice. I recommend the limon verde, mango and blue raspberry flavors (together, or separate).
It’s truly a family affair and all hands on deck at SnowVille Shavery. Many members of the Vadsariya family are at the helm of the new frozen treat concept. With a trend that began in California, Kamil and his family brought the ice cream and snow ice conception to Marietta and it has proven to be a hit.
Months of preparation went into researching if the area would be receptive, and it has — partly thanks to social media. Instagram has been a big driving force in bringing customers to the shop, as we all know we eat with our eyes. And who can resist a sweet treat?
Now on to the process: blocks of the ice cream/snow ice formula are made at their offsite facility. When you choose your flavor (I recommend the Taro), it’s placed in a machine that shaves it into a multitude of creamy ribbons. When it’s plated, you’ll see a large heap on your plate that you can then top off with various toppings. But the texture is so soft and creamy and good!
The top flavor is Taro, a sweet potato flavor that I wouldn’t have initially thought of for ice cream, but it works! Of course chocolate and vanilla are some mainstays for those who have a hard time choosing — which is why it is often sold out. And on top of the creamy dessert, there are more than 20 toppings to choose from as well. And if you’re looking for something other than this sweet confection, there are also macarons and bubble teas available in many flavors!
They’ve created an inviting space with bean bag chairs, colorful interior and a rack of games that are a hit with teens, adults and families alike.
Thai Style Ice Cream
I’ve been lowkey stalking their IG page for quite a while now, and was happy to finally pay Thai Style Ice Cream a visit. To me it was the most unique of the three shops — mostly in execution.
Inspired by the ice cream making practices in Thailand, this trend has been steadily growing in the U.S. for the past couple of years. Thanks to YouTube and social media — where people can get a visual of the style of making this sweet treat.
When you first walk into the brightly decorated Thai Style shop, you’re greeted by a wall full of post-it notes, which is their “comment wall” if you will. Next to that is a large board that lists some popular flavor combos, which helps take the guess work out of the choosing. Some of the flavor combos include Sweet Lime Pie (lime and graham), Mr. Green Tea (my recommendation! – green tea and strawberry), Morning Latte (condensed milk and chocolate chips) and S’mores (graham and Nutella).
But if you’re adventurous then you’ll choose your flavor base (cream, green tea, coffee, Thai tea or taro), an add-in like fruit and then its poured onto a freezer plate that is about negative 15 degrees and mixed well together. Once the mixture begins to harden, it is then worked into a flat rectangle shape. With a flat scraper, short sections are then rolled and placed in a cup. From there you can add more toppings and enjoy!
Unlike many ice cream shops, Thai Style selections are not overly sweet, but pack a lot of flavor and customization opportunities. Just make sure you bring patience with you, as the process takes a few minutes and the line can get pretty long during peak hours.