Nevermind that National Ice Cream Month is as culturally meaningful a holiday as, well, National Doughnut Day or National Grilled Cheese Month. Unlike the others, however, National Ice Cream Month has attained a kind of legitimacy, having been designated by Congress and endorsed by President Ronald Reagan nearly 30 years ago.
We welcome any and all excuses to devour icy treats, be they Bomb Pops on the Mall on the Fourth of July, the Ben & Jerry's D.C.-inspired flavor, or Shake Shack's brilliant new doughnut concrete. So, in honor of National Ice Cream Month, here are a few over-the-top frozen treats to try in the coming weeks:
Doughnuts Are Forever. Particularly when enveloped in frozen custard. Shake Shack's new F Street location opened last week, and on its dessert menu is the weirdest, quite possibly most caloric dessert in the city: Rich, frozen vanilla custard ladled with an excess of strawberry jam, too many sprinkles, and soft bites of coconut doughnut from the District's own Astro Doughnuts, the winner of our recent Doughnut Wars. Called Doughnuts Are Forever, the treat is $4.25-$6.50 and served daily. And yes, it tastes exactly like it looks.
Boozsicles. Bayou Bakery started freezing up vodka, rum or tequila popsicles ($5) last week, just in time for the official start of the balmy, sticky Washington summer. The flavors, which rotate, include Bananas Foster, a strawberry-pina colada and Gator-ade.
Dolcezza's ice cream sundaes. The Argentinian gelato shop's Dupont Circle location is now churning soft-serve and using soft dulce de leche and blackberries-and-cream gelato as a base for new sundaes, including one stacked with homemade Valrhona chocolate brownies, jam made with local strawberries and flaky Maldon sea salt. Get them starting July 1 ($8 and up), or you could always just take advantage of the shop's buy-one, get-one-half-off deal, which continues through this month.
The kulfi at Rasika West End. Is it so wrong that we want make a reservation at one of the city's hottest restaurants, order just the palak chaat and these gorgeously spiced, milky pops ($9 for two) and declare it the best meal of all time?
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