Delicious Ways to Get Through Summer in Northwest Arkansas

After all the rain of June and early July, it really feels like summer out there. And summer heat means an increased desire for summertime treats. Instead of running after the ice cream truck (no, do that, too, it’s pretty fun), we’ve collected some other options to help you cool down on a hot day. We’d love to hear your favorites, too.

My go-to solution for a hot day is an iced coffee. My favorite is the iced mocha from Onyx (locations in Fayetteville and Springdale), but whatever and wherever your favorite brew, you’ll probably like it iced, too.

Or while you’re at the coffee shop, check out their seasonal specials. Onyx has things like the Cascara Dark & Stormy, with ginger ale and lime, or try an espresso shot with Loblolly ice cream. Arsaga’s locations have seasonal shrubs, sun tea and iced chicory coffee, among other delights. My daughter’s favorite: lemonade from the library location.

And of course a good frozen margarita from your favorite Mexican joint is a great choice when it’s hot outside. Or really anything cold and full of booze. I’m thinking about that giant punch bowl thing from East Side Cantina. Better take some friends.pedal popSpeaking of the library, the Fayetteville Public Library is one place outside of the farmer’s market where you can find Pedal Pops. These all-natural, locally produced pops include lots of fresh fruit (and a bit of stevia) and are sure to cure what ails you. You can also find them at Blackboard Grocery, Ozark Natural Foods, the Arsaga’s at the Law Library, the Jammin’ Java on the square, Crossroads Farmers’ Market (corner of Sycamore and Garland from 3 to 7 p.m. on Fridays), and the Green Goat at the Yacht Club.

Outside of Fayetteville you’ll find them at Akins Natural Market in Rogers and at the Amazeum in Bentonville. Alcohol pops (!) are available at The Spirit Shop on Garland in Fayetteville and at Macadoodle’s in Springdale.burtons ice cream

Ice cream, of course, is a natural choice for summer days. Burton’s Comfort Creamery is located in Schulertown food truck court and has giant cones that are super delicious. I love the inappropriately named but entirely delicious Michael Jackson, made with swirl ice cream topped half with crushed Oreos and half Vanilla Wafers.

Or head to Chunky Dunk for and ice cream cookie sandwich made with Little Rock local Loblolly ice cream.the spark cafe

Other great local spots for a classic ice cream or milk shake include the American Drive Inn in Lincoln and Susie Q Malt Shop in Rogers. Hit the square in Bentonville for a treat from The Spark Cafe at the Walmart Museum. Or head to Shake’s, an almost-local chain founded in Joplin, Mo. (or Andy’s, another almost-local chain started in Osage Beach, Mo.)

And of course, there’s the summer classic of shaved ice/snow cones. Shave the Planet is our go-to since it’s closest to our house, but don’t forget to check out Wanalei’u Hawaiian Shaved Ice if you’re in Fayetteville.

What are we missing? Add your summer favorites in the comments.

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Delicious Ways to Get Through Summer in Northwest Arkansas