The sweltering days, the sun beating down on the Miami Valley. When you can’t plunge into a swimming pool, don’t worry. Relief is a taste away. Whether a mom and pop locally owned store, or a national chain, Daytonians have some delicious options to “beat the heat.”
The Food Adventures Crew breaks it all down for you right here:
The Top 20 Dayton Treats to Beat the Heat:
1) PEANUT BUTTER SUNDAE at JET FREEZE:
Homemade peanut butter sauce, and incredible prices make this choice #1. They also have fantastic soft serve ice cream, unlike another place. For example, also try the Kings Island inspired Smurf Blueberry Blue Ice cream. Located in Beavercreek near the Grange Hall and Patterson intersection.
2) RITTER’S PEANUT BUTTER MOUNTAIN:
Whether the Kettering location or Beavercreek location, the toppings are generous for these sundaes. Get one of the richest, most sinful things you have eaten all for around 5 bucks.
3) ICE CREAM PINTS at YOUNG’S DAIRY:
Great flavors like Sea Salty Caramel Crunch, Cookie Dough, Cow Patty and Tiramisu Gelato are our favorite flavors by far. Hell, at this place even the butter pecan and chocolate ice cream is to die for. Pack up the car and head to Yellow Springs today !
4) CHOCOLATE SHAKE at “K &W DRIVE-IN” in Springboro:
Shake it at K & W. Nothing is as good as a shake or malt from here in the summer. Make sure you try the burgers and footlong hot dogs too ! Located on 741 in Downtown Springboro, this place is a longtime favorite.
5) STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE SUNDAE from FREDDYS FROZEN CUSTARD:
Full blown strawberry heaven here. Located on Wilmington Pike, they also serve other terrific sundaes. Seriously one of the most delicious sundaes we have tried.
6) BAD JUANS at ELSA’S:
Our only alcoholic item in the bunch, but it has to be on here. How many drunk Bad Juan experiences have started with that first refreshing sip !
7) ROOT BEER FLOATS at the ROOT BEER STANDE:
A Dayton classic. No better place to people watch and car watch than Woodman Dr. at The Root Beer Stande. It’s like a special portal in the universe. Order a footlong hot dog and deep fried mushrooms too !
8) CONE WITH SPRINKLES at the DAIRY SHED in BELLBROOK:
People come from all around like a beacon of hope to this place called the Dairy Shed. The best sprinkle cones around, they really give it a dip and a whirl. Sometimes it is like, “would you like some ice cream with your sprinkles?”
9) EXTRA LARGE CHOCOLATE MALT with PEANUT BUTTER ICE CREAM and a BANANA at UDF:
Here is a “fat kid trick.” We ask for the biggest shake at United Dairy Farmers and make it a malt. Use Peanut butter ice cream, and ask them to add chocolate sauce and a banana. Get some sunglasses, sit in the shade and go to a world of your own happiness. UDF’s can be found in Kettering, Springboro and near University of Dayton.
10) FRISCH’S HOT FUDGE CAKE:
Oh boy, the classic. The perfect balance of fudge, cake and ice cream. And who could forget the whipped cream? Order one and you will find yourself making the “mmmm” good noises you see on commercials. Lots of locations in town to order this one.
11) A WAFFLE CONE OF COOKIE DOUGH CHOCOLATE CHIP ICE CREAM at GRAETER’S ICE CREAM:
Get in line and get yourself a waffle cone of cookie dough. Their butter pecan here is sinful too. Also we recommend the Buckeye Blitz Ice Cream. The Centerville location on 48 and 725 is a perfect spot to try the flavors.
12) MOOSE TRACKS ICE CREAM at VILLAGE ICE CREAM PARLOR in LEBANON:
This ice cream has the perfect array of chocolate, fudge, nuts and caramel to make anyone happy. This is a fantastic ice cream, and those who love “Rocky Road” will love this too ! Get to Lebanon soon!
13) PUMPKIN ROLL TOPPED WITH VANILLA ICE CREAM at THE DIXIE DAIRY DREEM:
A special homemade treat that is available more in the fall. In the meantime , just get the vanilla ice cream soft serve and the mini Dreem Burgers and you summer is complete.
14) THE DREAMSICLE PIE from BUCKIN DONKEY:
An orange flavored pie that tastes like a push up pop. Only At the Buckin Donkey would they dream this up. Try the blackberry pie and peanut butter pie too. All amazing in their own right.
15) THE PEANUT BUSTER PARFAIT from DAIRY QUEEN:
The old classic with Spanish peanuts, hot fudge and vanilla soft serve ice cream. Yeah, yeah we know it is a chain … Moraine, Miamisburg, and Centerville are a few of the locations.
16) A COLD GLASS of APPLE CIDER from HIDDEN VALLEY ORCHARDS:
Nothing says AHHHH like a cold glass of cider in the summer. Sip it outdoors and swirl it in your mouth. Your tastebuds are now alive, and you are refreshed. Just head south of Centerville on 48, and it is before you reach Lebanon on the left hand side.
17) PEANUT BUTTER BANANA SHAKES at STEAK N SHAKE:
This national chain makes some killer hand dipped shakes. We have found one of the most delicious is the peanut butter and banana shake. Refreshing as you can get, yet creamy and smooth as well. Wilmington Pike in Kettering and in Miamisburg near Lyons and 741 are just two locations.
18) PEANUT BUTTER n CHOCOLATE WAFFLE CONE at BASKIN ROBBINS on 741 near the Dayton Mall:
On 741 by the Dayton mall, this place has thrived since the 1970’s. Why? One reason is the Peanut Butter n chocolate ice cream. It is an amazing ice cream and butter pecan is a close second. Get a Waffle cone today !
19) FRIED ICE CREAM AT EL TORO:
At the end of a spicy meal, lighten up with some fried ice cream. Not as good as the stuff that Chi chi’s served, but this version is pretty good. We love it at many locations in the Dayton area from Beavercreek, to Miamisburg and Centerville.
20) $1 VANILLA CONE FROM MCDONALDS:
We had to include this monster on the list. The best refreshment bang for your buck in the food industry. One dolla and the vanilla makes you holla.
21) COOKIE BATTER ICE CREAM at COLD STONE CREAMERY:
Incredible flavor, and a unique one too. Like licking the batter spoon? You will love this stuff. Again, a chain, but undeniable in goodness.
22) BANANA MILK SHAKE from SONIC:
This chain makes a refreshing banana shake. It tastes like fresh banana and circus peanuts. A nic sip on a summers ever while cruising in the car. Sonic on Wilmington Pike is waiting for you to place your order !
23) CHUNKY MONKEY ICE CREAM from BEN AND JERRYS:
Whether you are at the actual store on Brown Street near University of Dayton’s campus, or in a local grocery, get some chunky monkey ice cream and cool off. So many other flavors, just feel your way …. Cookie Dough is amazing and so is chocolate chip cookie dough. Vermont’s finest ice cream, Ben and Jerry’s !
24) BANANA SPLITS At WHITTS FROZEN CUSTARD in LEBANON:
Get the signature dish that will have you dripping all over downtown Lebanon. Three topping syrups and the typical setup with sliced bananas. Treat yourself, you only live once.
25) CULVERS TURTLE SUNDAE:
This is a sinful sundae and one of the most delicious things we have ever tasted. Culver’s is a chain with locations in Troy, and Mason.The also specialize in fried fish and butter burgers.
26) THE BANANA CREAM PIE SHAKE from GOLD STAR CHILI:
Yes, this chili parlor has shakes, Yes the banana cream pie shake is awesome. Cool down at the end of a spicy lunch with one of those large shakes. You won’t regret it.
27) BLUE RASPBERRY ITALIAN ICE at RITA’S ITALIAN ICE:
Little spot on Indian Ripple Rd and Dorothy Lane with Italian Ice and Gelato. Fruit flavors abide and a nice patio. Try the blue raspberry and let it set our world on fire, then cool it off .
28) BROWNIE BATTER YOGURT from ORANGE LEAF FROZEN YOGURT:
Doctor this up with some chocolate chip toppings and you have an epic Food Adventure on your hands.
29) WENDY’S FROSTY:
The classic. It had to make the list. A spoon, no straw, just you and tons of chocolate flavor.
30) THE BLACKBERRY COBBLER A LA MODE at THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY FAIR:
The only reason this is lower on the list is that it isn’t readily available like many others. You can only get this at a limited time at the Montgomery County Fair
31) THE CHOCOLATE CUSTARD SHAKE from E.O BURGERS:
After that massive burger, you need a cool washdown. How about a chocolate custard shake from EO Burgers? So cold and creamy, it is a perfect end to a burger meal !
32) THE COOKIES n CREAM POPSICLE at SWEET P’s HANDCRAFTED ICE POPS:
Become a kid again and enjoy this Popsicle or try a strawberry one as well. The tons of flavors offered give you a chance to get lost in a world of ice pops. From kiwi to banana cream pops, there is something for everyone in this food cart.
33) NEW YORK CHEESECAKE SOYO YOGURT:
Also try the salted caramel yogurt. The toppings you add make them taste like a real cheesecake. Store is located on 48 in Centerville near Spring Valley.
Are you cooled down yet? Did that do the trick ? Did we get some of your favorites? Who did we leave out?
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