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Best Frozen Treats In The Twin Cities

July 15, 2011 8:01 AM

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The time has come when lines begin to form outside our local ice-cream, frozen yogurt and gelato shops. But which places are the best? Some of the following shops I’ve been going to for years and others I’ve just started to enjoy. These are my top picks of places to go find that delicious reward, in no particular order.

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Chilly Billy’s

314 15th Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 843-4278

If you are need of strong dose of happiness, you cannot go wrong with this place. The colorful and bright interior compliments the ten or so flavors. I had the pomegranate and raspberry frozen yogurt paired with the coconut and dulce de leche. Crazy combo, right? Don’t judge. That combined with the fruit and candy toppings was the most fun treat I’ve had in a long time. Big win.

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1315 4th St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 353-4986

The best part about this place is you can add your own toppings. In the past, I’ve gotten the plain frozen yogurt and added strawberries, kiwi and blueberries. It has many other topping choices and yogurt flavors. If you are out for a bike ride, this is a great destination.

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Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream

1007 W Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 870-0065
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This place is my ice cream and frozen yogurt default and has been for years. This Uptown location is fun to hangout inside or even to chill outside. People-watching and visiting with the locals is a sure thing here, however, the variety of flavors of its frozen treats is what makes it a top favorite. Parking can sometimes be limited, so don’t get frustrated if finding a spot takes a while. It’s worth the wait.

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Sola Squeeze

80 S 8th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 354-7817
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The Soyberry Squeeze is a great pick after a run or workout as it is low-cal and the added honey is a refreshing touch. For you dairy and frozen yogurt lovers this is a big win. If your diet requires low sugar and no dairy it has options for you too. Sometimes I feel like skipping a big meal and supplementing it with a shake. Take it out on the mall and put some swagger in your step.

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Jackson’s Coffee and Gelato

822 W Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 824-4164
Website | Directory

Okay, so I love writing for “Best Of” material, which involves finding the best eats to compliment my sweet-tooth. This place is fantastic. The humble interior makes for a great date place and motivates fun conversation. The flavors of gelato are wide and I’ll warn you now that pairing up several different flavors will most likely be a sure thing. Celebrate the warm weather and head to this Lyn-Lake location.

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Franklin Freeze

2328 E Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(651) 442-0173

Hey Vegans! Celebrate your unique ways at this location. My favorite flavors are of the soy based variety of ice cream. This location is quaint and it is fun to walk around in the eclectic neighborhood. Hipster-esque and trendy. Fun place for a date or to bring friends.

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Izzy’s Ice Cream Café

2034 Marshall Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55104
(651) 603-1458

Are you in the mood for a banana-split? Maybe a root beet float? That’s funny, so am I. Get your fix at this home-style ice cream shop. Rain or shine, this is a great place to enjoy our season’s finest. If you are a fan of St. Paul’s restaurants littered throughout its neighborhoods, this is one that will stand out. Get your treat to go and enjoy a walk around the block.

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Café Kem

2524 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 208-0254

Cafe Kem is the icing on the cake for you Eat-Street goers. I split the mango-flavored frozen yogurt and a glass of the honeydew bubble tea with a friend. Both were fantastic. If you are in need of a change of scenery check out this Asian-inspired gem of the city. Choose from many toppings and maybe switch up your ususal with a scoop of homemade gelato. This cafe has it all.

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Conny’s Creamy Cone

1197 Dale St. N
Saint Paul, MN 55117
(651) 488-4150

If you are in the mood for something unusual and old-fashioned, check out Conny’s. It has everything from onion rings to sundaes and both are great. Sit outside and enjoy the warm air. If you have kids, I highly recommend this place or stop by when out for a walk.

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Grand Ole Creamery

750 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 293-1655

If you are a fan of homemade ice cream paired with pizza, come to this place on Grand Avenue. Get a ice cream to go and find one of the many parks in the neighborhood or take a stroll down Summit Avenue. This is another great idea for a date location.

-Justin Reis is a WCCO intern studying broadcast journalism at the University of Minnesota. His passion for finding the “best” in the Twin Cities is inspired by his role as a group fitness instructor and interests ranging from “anything artistic” to “anything social.” Please leave a comment on what you think of his recommendations.

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  • JonAMun!

    CHILLY BILLY’S!!! loooooove that place!!! NICE FIND!! =)

  • Bonnie

    LOVE our neighborhood gem Connies Creamy Cone! If you like soft serve this is your place.

  • Pate

    Izzy’s has the best of the exotic flavors,plus you get that Izzy scoop.

  • A Nelson's Fan

    Oh– Don’t forget Nelson’s Ice Cream in Stillwater. You have never see ice cream servings so large!!!

    • Dave

      Shhhhh the lines are already too long, don’t tell anyone!



  • Rosalie Hansen

    You forgot the Gelato Man at Target Field. He scoops the best Talenti Gelato on those hot Summer days. Latest flavor is Salt Sea Caramel

  • Gelato fan

    There’s also a new gelato place at the Mall of America on the third floor. I think it’s call Paciugo’s… REALLY great gelato!!

  • Bryan

    Umm, how can this list be missing the Gelato at Fat Lorenzo’s? WAY better than Jackson’s. I mean they have a $45K imported Gelato Machine. Yummy!

  • Kellbell

    Cup & Cone in WBL. It’s got all the basics plus lots of toppings. Go there on a Thursday night during the summer when Marketfest is running. The line will be long but the atmosphere is well worth it.

  • Becky

    Check out what is soon to come in ice cream:

  • Leslie

    Ring Mountain Creamery and Cafe in Eagan (yes, Eagan!) will spoil you for all others. You’ll work yourself into a foaming frenzy trying to decide on the dozens upon dozens of droolworthy gelato and ice cream options. Get “The Peaks”, a cup of five small scoops of your choosing for three clams and some change. If you want a single scoop waffle cone the size of a Chipotle burrito, the cake batter ice cream (with brightly colored mini sprinkles) is a forking religious experience.

  • Quinn

    Dar’s Double Scoop on Rice and Orange in St.Paul

  • annmartina

    Pumphouse Creamery 47th & Chicago. Salted Caramel Pecan!

  • Sally

    FREEZIAC located in Eden Prairie and at the Mall of America is the BEST Self Serve Frozen Yogurt in the Minneapolis Area!!!

  • blondie1721

    does anyone know of an ice cream shop that offers low-sugar or sugar-free for my dad who was just recently diagnosed with diabetes? he loves ice cream and i wanted to do something special for him for father’s day

    • Willow

      Breyers makes some. You’ll have to go to the grocery store for it though.

  • Trixie

    Nelson’s Ice Cream in Stillwater off of highway 36 ! ! Huge portions and huge # of flavors ! !

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