Sea Salt Ice Cream: Powder blue soft serve, which can be topped with anything from Pop Rocks to “fairy floss” (the Australian shop’s term for cotton candy) in a charcoal cone. From $4.75. 9889 Bellaire Blvd., #D232 and 506 Yale St., #D
Mustang Deluxe: One scoop each of pineapple, mango, and lemon-lime ice cream topped with spicy chamoy, gummi bears, sliced strawberries, and a candy stick. $6.50. 6421 Brady St.
Hot Belgian Waffle: Chocolate and vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, caramel sauce, whipped cream, pecans, and cherries atop a big, warm waffle. $15.95. 2327 Post Oak Blvd.
Fruit Addict Chè: Chè trái cây, or Vietnamese dessert drink, of crushed ice, lychee, longan, jackfruit, red tapioca, pandan jelly, palm seed, Jell-O, coconut milk. A square meal in a cup! $5.50. Multiple locations
Superman Ice Cream: Three-flavored ice cream that originated in the Midwest and is pastel yellow (vanilla), electric blue (sweet blue moon), and beaming red (cherry). $3–$5. 2829 Chimney Rock Rd.
Mango Shave Ice: Fluffy Hawaiian shave ice topped with fresh, vibrant mango juice (and a free ice cup for doggo)—the best natural shave ice in town. $4 for small, $6 for large. 103 Sabine St., 713-568-7991
Rosewater Stretchy Ice Cream: Palestinian ice cream that’s elastic (whoa!) and makes you feel like you’re licking cool petals off a dainty flower. $4–$6. 5922 Richmond Ave., #A
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cookie Monster Ice Cream: What else but two decadent chocolate chip cookies stuffed with electric blue vanilla ice cream? $4.50. 718 W. 18th St.
Astroworld: A cotton candy milkshake topped with a bouffant of blue cotton candy, a pink ice pop, all the whipped cream and cotton candy crunch. $14.95. 7613 Katy Fwy., #C
Thai Tea Ice Cream: A bold, earthy, sensuous scoop with notes of cardamom and star anise. $4.50–$6.50. 1848 Westheimer Rd.
Taiyaki Soft Serve: A soft-serve swirl—try ube and horchata—topped with a Nutella (or custard or red bean paste) stuffed koi-shaped waffle that’s fried to order. $5.95. 23330 Grand Circle Blvd., #150, Katy
Frosty Original: Vanilla soft serve with a hot cinnamon sugar churro in the shape of a heart—appropriate for a treat this lovable. $6. Multiple locations
Crema Dolce Neve: Lemon zest custard wedged between homemade lemon or chocolate shortbread cookies. $6.25. 4721 N. Main St., #H
Whata-Melon: Not frozen, per se, but a watermelon-bowl’s worth of chilled, tamarind-and-chili-candy-topped fruit in a pool of chamoy? Perfection on a hot day. $8. 2304 White Oak Dr., 832-900-9792
Worms & Dirt Shake: Vanilla ice cream, milk, and crumbled Oreos blended moderately thick and topped with whipped cream and gummi worms. $5.59. 10403 Katy Fwy., #100
Banana Split: Triplet of scoops in flavors like marshmallow and toppings of brown sugar crumble, homemade berry jams, and caramelized banana. $7.35–$11.35. Multiple locations