10 Cool Hudson Valley Treats That Aren't Ice Cream
Not a fan of the dairy stuff? Try these ices, wine sorbets, and non-dairy ice creams instead.
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When the temperatures rise to unbearable heights, the only real way to cool off is with a sweet, refreshing treat. While ice cream is a go-to for many, sometimes our taste buds crave something else. During times like these, the eateries of the Hudson Valley save the day with chilly fro-yo, ices, popsicles, and sorbets. On the next scorcher, skip the creamy concoctions and try one (or more) of these icy confections instead. They’re so scrumptious that you may just shiver with delight.
Frozen bananas at Boice Bros. Dairy
Boice Bros. may be known for their dairy products, but the chocolate dipped bananas deserve a little attention too. If you see the frozen treats on the menu, be sure to sample them for yourself. They are perfectly sweet and semi-healthy, so you can feel virtuous as you chow down.
62 O’Neil St, Kingston
Frozen fruit bars at New Confectioner
Vegans rejoice at the New Confectioner stand, which pops up primarily at farmers markets and shops in Dutchess County. Refresh with dairy-free flavors like pineapple, orange, and raspberry. The vegan ice creams and sorbet are also addicting.
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Ice pops at Lola’s New Paltz
Although you won’t find these on the restaurant’s online menu, the sangria pops are well worth a trip into New Paltz. Take a peek at the Ulster County location’s Instagram for a glimpse of the white wine, piña colada, and sangria popsicles. Fair warning — one taste and you’ll want to try them all.
49 Main St, New Paltz
Italian ice at Caffè Aurora
For those in the know, Caffè Aurora is the place to be once summer arrives in Poughkeepsie. Skip the pastry case (although that is delectable too) and opt for one of the fresh Italian ices instead. Kids love the bright Blue Mountain Raspberry, while eaters of all ages savor standbys like lemon, mango, and watermelon.
145 Mill St, Poughkeepsie
Loaded fro-yo at Toppings
With locations in New Windsor and Wappingers Falls, Toppings is all too conveniently located on both sides of the Hudson River. Flavors range from fresh strawberry and peach to dreamy dark chocolate and cookies and cream. Pick the base of your choice, then load it up with gummy worms, marshmallows, sprinkles, and candy bars galore.
287 Windsor Highway, New Windsor
1485 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls
Nice cream at The Dutch Udder
Anyone with a lactose intolerance or allergy can do a little happy dance at The Dutch Udder in Troy. The upstate shop serves up “nice” cream, or dairy-free ice cream that is so rich and creamy you’ll swear you’re eating the real deal. Flavors change regularly, but look out for the Piña Colada, made with pineapple rum, or the Mango Tango, infused with mango schnapps.
282 River St, Troy
Paletas at Zora Dora Paletaria
If you’ve never had a paleta before, make a beeline for Zora Dora in Beacon. The small batch company crafts creamy ice pop treats in flavors like tiramisu, turmeric coconut, and passion strawberry. Try something out of the box and prepare to be delighted.
201 Main St, Beacon
Popsicles at Penny Lick Ice Cream
While Penny Lick’s ice cream is top notch, the popsicles are arguably even more impressive. Dare yourself to try the most exotic flavor on the menu. Whether you cool off with exotic soursop and tamarind or stick to comforting classics like honeycomb and fudge, you’ll be in dessert heaven.
580 Warburton Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson
Slushies at Commissary!
As the sister store of Lagusta’s Luscious in New Paltz, Commissary! delivers on tasty, flavorful vegan eats. The summertime slushies and shaved ices are no exception. Ask about the selections of the day, which are as creative and zany (lime corn, anyone?) as everything else on the menu.
11 Church St, New Paltz
Wine sorbet at Mr. Cannoli
For the 21 and up crowd, Mr. Cannoli has the boozy sorbet of your dreams. Try the fruity Cabernet Sauvignon, the sweet Pinot Noir, or the refreshing Champagne for a dessert that is both light and indulgent. For younger visitors, the New Windsor shop sells nonalcoholic sorbet and Italian ice.
355 Windsor Highway, New Windsor