8 Cool Hudson Valley Treats That Aren't Ice Cream

Not a fan of the dairy stuff? Try these local 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 Hudson Valley ice cream is a go-to for many, sometimes our taste buds crave something else. During times like these, local eateries 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 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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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



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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 Pink Dragon Berry, made with dragon fruit and goji berries, 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



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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



Sherbet Cooler at Stewart's Shops

Slushies are great and all, but have you ever sipped on a Stewart's sherbet cooler? Made with Stewart's technicolor sherbets, the sweet treats are creamy, fruity, and the ultimate way to cool off when there's no summer breeze in sight.

Related: Where to Go for Ice Cream in the Hudson Valley

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