7 Cold Treats to Enjoy in Sonoma County
With how hot it's been the last few months of summer in Sonoma County, finding your new favorite treat to cool down is a necessity. From a nice Thai tea to an extravagant sundae dessert, you can go very small (or big!) with your choice. We recommend one of each per summer. Here are a few of our favorite cold treats in the area:
Wicked Slush, Healdsburg
At first glance of this Instagram-worthy dessert, I was hooked. At Wicked Slush in Healdsburg, you can pick your slush from over 20 different flavors, your soft serve from over 10 flavors, and you can even choose your dips and drizzles. They're fully customizable, and fully delicious. Insider Tip: Slushballs on top of of soft serve and in a waffle bowl!
Boba, Various Locations
If you've never tried Boba before, it's time. Boba "Bubble Tea" is a Taiwanese tea-based drink with fruits, milk and other goodies. They're refreshing and perfect on a hot day in Sonoma County. There's many places to try Boba in Sonoma County, and a few of our favorites are Sunny's Boba & More (Santa Rosa), TeaRex (Rohnert Park) and ThirsTea (Rohnert Park).
Gourmet Frozen Fruit Bars, Various Locations
When I was younger it used to be all about the ice cream man coming up the street and selling us push pops and spongebob-shaped strange popsicles. But now as Sonoma County has continued to evolve and take on farm-to-table as a norm, even our popsickles and frozen treats have morphed into becoming a gourmet treat! Some standouts that come to mind for these delicious fruit bars are Frozen Art Gourmet Ice Cream (Santa Rosa), La Michocana (Sonoma), and Fru-ta Natural Artisan Ice Cream (Santa Rosa/Petaluma).
Acai Bowls, Various Locations
If you've never had an acai bowl, you're missing out! Originated in Brazil, these delicious berry-infused bowls are what I would call a mix between frozen yogurt and a deconstructed smoothie. Acai's typically include berries, granola, bananas and coconut, although everyone makes them different. They're the perfect summer breakfast bowl. Some great places to find acai in Sonoma County are The Nectary (Sebastopol), Fruit in Motion (Petaluma), Guayaki Yerba Mate Cafe (Sebastopol), Lala's Creamery (Petaluma), and Dahlia & Sage (Cloverdale).
Artisan Smoothies, Various Locations
Step aside, franchise-made smoothies; Artisan smoothies are on the rise! Some of our favorites include The Nectary (Sebastopol/Healdsburg), Fruit in Motion (Petaluma), and The Sunflower Caffe (Sonoma).
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Local Ice Creams, Various Locations
This one's easy: local, home-made ice creams are the top choice for a hot summer's day in Sonoma County. And with so many different options, we broke it down by city. See some of our recommedations below:
Sebastopol: Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice cream, Screamin Mimi's
Sonoma: Sweet Scoops, La Michoacana Natural Ice Cream
Petaluma: Lala's Creamery
Healdsburg: Noble Folk Ice Cream & Pie Bar
Guerneville: Nimble & Finn's
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Dole Whip from Trader Jims
You've probably spotted the cute yellow and white Trader Jim's trailer before at the fair, farmers market or breweries around town. Trader Jims serves Vegan Pineapple Whips & Floats, Dole Whip, and even soft serve out of their vintage shasta trailer. You can find them all around Sonoma County at various locations by checking their event page.
Be sure to also check out our round-up for 9 crazy cocktails to try in Sonoma County if you're 20-something.
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