We risked brain freeze to try more than 200 treats, from ice cream truck classics to trendy cold-brew pops. Say hello to our six summer-ready favorites.
Best Ice Cream Sandwich
365 Everyday Value Organic Ice Cream Sandwiches
This is everything the iconic sammie should be: no frills, just a thick layer of creamy vanilla ice cream between soft, chewy chocolate cookies. They were the clear winner in a very crowded category.
To buy: $5 for 6 3.65-oz. sandwiches; at Whole Foods Market.
Best Chocolate-Dipped Bar
Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Bars
We love the way the delicate dark chocolate shell snaps as you bite into this decadent bar. And the chocolate ice cream is velvety and intense. It even won over tasters who claimed they preferred vanilla to chocolate.
To buy: $4.50 for 3 2.4-oz. bars; at grocery stores.
Best Ice Pop
365 Everyday Value Strawberry Fruit Bars
Keep these kid-friendly faves on hand for blazing-hot days. Unlike many competitors, they’re loaded with fresh fruit and aren’t overly sweet. (They’re made with cane sugar, not corn syrup.) Try the Lime and Caribbean flavors, too.
To buy: $2.70 for 4 4-oz. bars; at Whole Foods Market.
Best Nondipped Bar
Trader Joe’s Raspberry & Vanilla Cream Bars
The petite size of these two-layer cuties makes them an ideal afternoon snack. The tart fruit complements the rich vanilla, and we love that there’s no stick (less waste and more dessert for us). Each bar has just 80 calories.
To buy: $3.50 for 8 1.4-oz. bars; at Trader Joe’s.
Three Twins Ice Cream Organic Sundae Cones
This picture-perfect treat— the first organic sundae cone on the market—hits all the right notes: ice cream with pure vanilla flavor, a semisweet chocolate topping, and a sprinkling of crunchy roasted peanuts. The crispy cone is lined with chocolate, too.
To buy: $6 for 3 4-oz. cones; at grocery stores.
Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup Pint Slices
You get all the deliciousness of a Ben & Jerry’s pint packed into a handheld (and dark chocolate–dipped) treat. The fully intact mini peanut butter cups, which are swirled into vanilla and peanut butter ice cream, had us hooked.
To buy: $5 for 3 3-oz. slices; at grocery stores.