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Beyond the Cone: From gelato to ‘snow’ there’s a world of goodness to explore

St. Louis is famous as the birthplace of the ice cream cone – Missouri’s official dessert – but a lot has changed since the 1904 World’s Fair. As it heats up in St. Louis, cool off at one of these sweet destinations and share your favorites, using the hashtag #tour-st.

National Ice Cream Day is July 18 – need we say more.

Main Street Creamery (Source: Facebook)

Main Street Creamery: With shakes, bakes and cones, Main Street Creamery, will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. Indulge in a super-sized milkshake poured into a mason jar and decadently topped with cookies, cakes and candies. Too much? Choose a cone or dish of a unique ice cream flavor, such as “I’m Your Huckleberry” or “Coconut Castaway,” or a variety of homemade sweets. Visit its original location in Washington, 110 W Main St., and its new location in Wildwood, 2478 Taylor Road.

Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery (Source: Facebook)

Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery: Made with100% all-natural ingredients and handcrafted in small batches with vegan, dairy-free and “boozy ice cream” options – what’s not to love? Featuring flavors inspired by St. Louis’ most loved restaurants, bakeries, breweries and distilleries, there’s a St. Louis twist to every scoop. Locations include the Creamery’s fifth location, opening on July 15 at 13426 Clayton Road in Town & Country (next to Straub’s) as well as a recently opened shop at the Meadows in Lake Saint Louis. The Town & Country store will be giving away T-shirts on National Ice Cream Day (Sunday, July 18).

Rolled ice cream (Source: Adobe Stock)

Snow Factory: Guaranteed to cool you down, these Thai-style ice cream rolls are prepared on a frozen slab kept at -10 degrees; then, scraped – like snow – into your bowl. With a variety of fresh fruits, toppings and sauces/syrups to add in or drizzle over the top, the possibilities are nearly endless. Locations include one in West County Center and one in Mid Rivers Mall.

Fritz’s Frozen Custard (Source: Facebook)

Fritz’s Frozen Custard: For nearly four decades, Fritz’s Frozen Custard has been a neighborhood favorite. A family-owned and operated business, Fritz’s dishes up custard sundaes, concretes, cones, shakes, malts and more. . Check out the “flavor calendar” featuring special flavors each day at fritzsfrozencustard.com. Five locations around St. Louis include 815 Meramec Station Road in Valley Park and 506 Jungermann Road in St. Peters.

Gelato Di Riso (Source: website)

Gelato Di Riso: Dreaming of an Italian summer? Enjoy a taste of Italy at Gelato Di Riso, 151 W. Jefferson Ave. in Kirkwood. Born on The Hill at 5204 Wilson Ave., this gelato is as authentic as it gets. Gelato Di Riso also offers both milk- and water-based flavors, coffee and espresso, and Italian baked goods.

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