SEARCY, Ark. – The heat can be unbearable in Arkansas, especially during the hottest months of the year like August and September. There’s no better way to beat the heat than with a scoop – or two – of some frozen deliciousness. There’s a number of great places to grab a cold treat, whether you prefer ice cream, frozen yogurt, or something else!

Creme & Sugar

Searcy’s newest dessert destination offers not one, not two, but three ways to satisfy your ice-cold sweet tooth.

Choose from a classic scoop of Arkansas’ favorite ice cream maker, Yarnell’s, a sweet and icy shaved ice creation, or a cup of creamy frozen yogurt covered in a seemingly endless selection of toppings. We hear they even have something special for the dogs.

Visit their Facebook page to check out an updated list of sno-cone and fro-yo flavors.

Photo by: Mat Faulkner | Creme & Sugar offers a variety of ice treats.

Chillz Frozen Yogurt

If you’re in the mood for a locally-owned sweet treat, then Chillz is the place for you.

With 15 flavors of frozen yogurt and over 40 fun toppings — including cookie dough, oreo crumbles, and classic sprinkles — the flavor combinations are endless. You can go simple with your favorite creamy fro-yo or go crazy and pile the toppings sky-high. Basically, there’s no limit to the possibilities!

You can even get your creamy creation in a waffle bowl to fully fulfill your sweet tooth.

Chillz also offers no-sugar-added and dairy-free options, so that everyone can enjoy a cup of frozen yogurt. For more information visit their website or give their Facebook page a follow so you can keep up-to-date on what flavors are in stock!

Photo by: Julia Rippey

Soda Jerk

Grabbing dinner downtown? Make sure and save room for dessert at Soda Jerk. It’s like taking a trip back in time to a classic soda shop, but without the necessary time machine.

There are three ways to experience Soda Jerk. You can go with a scoop of Loblolly ice-cream in a cone or sprinkled with some pretty sweet toppings. There is, of course, the cold refreshing sodas made from house-made syrups. Or you can go with the best option; combine the two and order a Soda Jerk float. With gluten and dairy-free options, this ice-cream parlor has something sweet for everyone.

Visit their website to see their full menu.

Photo by Julia Rippey

Cookie Basket 

You’ll get more than just a scoop when you order one of the Cookie Basket’s Delite Jars!

It starts with a glass mason-jar filled to the brim with cold, creamy Yarnell’s ice cream. Then it’s topped high with ‘over-the-top’ goodies. With names like Brownie Bliss, Birthday Jar, Salted Caramel Pretzel, Smores, and Lemon Ice Tea Baby, you get the idea that these thinks are some seriously fun sweets!

Finish it yourself or bring a friend — if you’re into sharing — but just make sure you don’t leave town without grabbing one. Also, be sure to grab a fresh-baked cookie while you’re there. Considering they put the word “cookie” in their name, you have to assume their awesome.

Give their Facebook page a follow to keep up with what Delite Jar combinations are available.

Photo by: Ashel Parsons