Rolled Ice Cream, Gelato & More: 15 Spots for Frozen Treats in Tucson

Here's where to enjoy local frozen dairy delights

Last modified on July 20th, 2018 at 11:09 am

Tucson is fortunate enough to have ice cream-eating weather all year, but summer is the perfect excuse to indulge a little extra.

We’re also fortunate for our wide selection of local ice cream shops. Adventurous flavors such as Lavender-Honey and Maple Walnut abound.

Ice cream can’t get all the love for frozen dairy delights, though. We’re counting gelato too, which originated in Italy. Gelato has about half the butterfat content of ice cream, less air than ice cream, and is served a few degrees warmer than traditional ice cream.

So break out the shades and grab a cone. If you play it right, this summer’s going to be brimming with flavor.

7 Degrees Ice Cream Rolls & Boba Tea

4386 N. Oracle Rd. Ste 160
Sunset ice cream at 7 Degrees Ice Cream Rolls & Boba Tea (Credit: Chelsey Wade)

Sunset ice cream at 7 Degrees Ice Cream Rolls & Boba Tea (Credit: Chelsey Wade)

With rolled ice cream, preparation begins with the ingredients flattened out on a mini freezer-like surface. From there, they pour the milk over the whole thing and once it’s flat enough, scrape it into rolls. It’s fun to eat, especially here where they have spacious red couches to lounge and chill out. Choose from nine different base flavors, such as mango and cherry, and countless mix-ins to make it your own.

Keep up with 7 Degrees Ice Cream Rolls & Boba Tea on Facebook.

Atomic Frog Ice Cream Parlor & Cafe

9725 N. Thornydale Rd. #149
Rocky Road ice cream at Atomic Frog Ice Cream Parlor & Cafe (Credit: Chelsey Wade)

Rocky Road ice cream at Atomic Frog Ice Cream Parlor & Cafe (Credit: Chelsey Wade)

Atomic Frog serves from a dozen ice cream flavors in a parlor fashion with the option to include chopped nuts, sprinkles, broken waffle cones, cherries and whipped cream at no additional cost. The interior is bright and colorful with green and blue walls framing the open space. Additionally, they add a different splash of color to their whipped cream daily.

For more information, visit atomicfrogtucson.com.

Bella’s Gelato Shoppe

Mobile Food Truck

Find Bella's Gelato at these locations:11-1 Thursday Banner Diamond Children's Center 535 N Wilmot11-2 Friday Loew's…

Posted by Bella's Gelato Shoppe – Tucson on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Using a brightly colored gelato shop on wheels, Bella’s can be found at different events around town. The truck carries about six gelato flavors and three vegan flavors, along with affogatos, sorbettos, organic cold brew iced coffee, smoothies, and root beer floats.

For more information, visit bellasgelato.com.

Blue Ice Gelato

6878 E. Sunrise Dr. Ste 140

This sorbet is one in a "melon" ??

Posted by Blue Ice Gelato on Thursday, July 27, 2017

With 24 flavors that stay true to the integrity of their ingredients, this place wins for serving up real gelato. Plenty of indoor and patio seating offers space to give in to that Italian craving.

Keep up with Blue Ice Gelato on Facebook.

Brooklyn Pizza Company

534 N. 4th Ave.

Posted by Brooklyn Pizza Company on Friday, July 10, 2015

The same place that sells those glorious garlic knots  also sells their house-made gelato, sorbetto, and Italian ice in six-ounce containers by the pint. With about 12 flavors, their specialty is lemon, which is true to its name and packs a punch.

For more information, visit brooklynpizzacompany.com.

Brushfire Ice Creamery • Brushfire BBQ

7080 E. 22nd St. • 2745 N. Campbell Ave.

We have ice cream too! #icecream #icecreamery #keepcool

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Brushfire Ice Creamery makes around 100 flavors and keeps 24 flavors daily at their East 22nd Street location. Brushfire on North Campbell Avenue features about a dozen flavors. Best-sellers include Pecan Pie, Salted Caramel, and Cookie Monster.

For more information, visit brushfireicecreamery.com.

Cashew Cow

16 S. Eastbourne Ave.

For a dairy-free alternative, Cashew Cow churns out ice creams made from raw cashews. Between their 14 flavors, they keep about 10 core flavors, alternating the rest seasonally. Maple Walnut is evocative of the rich texture of fudge and will leave you doing a little happy dance. Kahlua Almond Fudge is also superb, and of course fudgy.

For more information, visit cashewcow.com.

Frost Gelato

7131 N. Oracle Rd. Ste 101 • 7301 E. Tanque Verde Rd. #191 • 2905 E. Skyline Dr. Ste 286
Marble Black Cherry and Chocolate gelato at Frost Gelato (Credit: Chelsey Wade)

Marble Black Cherry and Chocolate gelato at Frost Gelato (Credit: Chelsey Wade)

Frost was founded by best friends Jeffrey Kaiserman and Stephen Ochoa after an inspiring visit to Rome. With the help of their master gelato chef, they create a selection of 62 gelato flavors and 56 sorbets. When choosing flavors to mix and match, try the Marble Black Cherry with Chocolate for a flavor marriage made in gelato heaven.

For more information, visit frostgelato.com.

Giovanni’s Gelato Cafe

10110 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley, AZ 85704
Salted Caramel gelato at Giovanni’s Gelato Cafe (Credit: Chelsey Wade)

Salted Caramel gelato at Giovanni’s Gelato Cafe (Credit: Chelsey Wade)

Famous for using ingredients imported from Italy, Giovanni hails from Sicily and creates gelato in 49 flavors. The Salted Caramel is the house favorite. Savor it with the gorgeous view outside of the surrounding mountains.

For more information, visit giovannisgelato.net.

HUB Ice Cream Factory

245 E. Congress St.

Since ice cream is so versatile, you can essentially give it any flavor you like. HUB Ice Cream recognizes this by serving from their selection of 300 unique rotating flavors with 24 available at a time. They’re known for the decadent Queen Bee, which incorporates honeycomb toffee and dark chocolate pieces into a vanilla base. The Cookies and Cream is also a popular favorite.

For more information, visit hubicecream.com.

Isabella’s Ice Cream

210 N. 4th Ave. • American Eat Co., 1439 S. 4th Ave. •

Coconut Ash #orchid #edibleflowers #icecream

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Isabella’s handcrafts their ice creams in small batches to make 15 creamy flavors such as their Desert Honey. The Mexican Hot Chocolate is a favorite with its kick of cayenne and cinnamon at the end. Waffle cones are made fresh too — if you visit while the cones are being made, the smell is enough to make it a memorable experience.

For more information, visit isabellasicecream.com.

Pistacchio

Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle Rd.
Cinnamon gelato at Pistacchio (Credit: Chelsey Wade)

Cinnamon gelato at Pistacchio (Credit: Chelsey Wade)

Fresh is the name of the game here with more than 50 recipes between sorbets and gelatos. Their Pistachio flavor tastes like the real thing, and owner Marco Rappella says it’s not a green color because they don’t use any artificial colors. Customers can also find unique flavors such as Cinnamon, Anise, and Yogurt.

For more information, visit pistacchiogelato.com.

The Screamery

2545 E. Speedway Blvd. #145 • 50 S. Houghton Rd. #120 • 250 E. Congress St. • 5920 W. Arizona Pavilions Dr. Ste 100, Marana, AZ 85743
Sweet Cream Honeycomb Ice Cream at Screamery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Sweet Cream Honeycomb Ice Cream at Screamery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Screamery uses milk from grass-fed cows and pasteurizes their own ice cream. The popular Bees Knees flavor blends lavender and honey for a subtle and smooth refreshing taste perfect for summer. Also, don’t miss out on the Sweet Cream Honeycomb. Screamery regularly rotates a selection of 24 flavors.

For more information, visit thescreamery.com.

Sullivan’s Eatery and Creamery

6444 N. Oracle Rd.

Feeling something fruity? Come in and try our strawberry bananas & cream sundae ???

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Sullivan’s ice cream has 16% butterfat content, while the decadently-famous Häagen-Dazs that has around 12-14%. This makes for a richer and smoother ice cream, evident across their 36 consistent ice cream flavors and monthly rotating five to six flavors. The sundaes are a nostalgic local favorite.

For more information, visit sullivanseateryandcreamery.com.

Wrap N’ Roll

1011 N.Tyndall Ave.

Delicious Fruit Loop flavored ice cream!

Posted by Wrap N' Roll on Saturday, November 18, 2017

When did rolled ice cream shaped like little taquitos become so trendy and funky? Still waiting on the answer for that one, but it’s nice to have ice cream made-to-order right in front of you. Especially when you can make combinations from eight fruit flavors and 14 sweet flavors. Try out the house favorites, Oreo Nutella or Strawberry Nutella.

Keep up with Wrap N’ Roll on Facebook.

Chelsey Wade has traveled to 22 countries in search of the perfect fish & chips. She spends her time hiking the trails of Tucson and taking care of her five-pound Chihuahua.
  • Alex Garcia

    Sadly, and I don’t know when it happened, Tazzina Di Gelato in the Williams Center closed. They made an incredible avocado basil gelato, all their flavors were delicious. Too bad.

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