Cool Treats for a Hot Summer


Summers in Georgia can be brutal, which is why we’re always on the hunt for cold treats to bring down the heat. From colorful scoops of ice cream to healthy and refreshing smoothies, there’s no shortage of frozen goodies in our community that will please everyone in the family. Plus, sprinkles make everything better, right?

By Alicia Carter

Daddy O’Brien’s
Daddy O’Brien’s is the adult version of an ice cream shop. You see, Daddy O’Brien’s has mastered the art of boozy treats and serves up the ultimate combination: ice cream mixed with alcohol. The gourmet ice cream shop and pub specializes in alcohol-infused ice cream creations, including Bailey’s Irish Pistachio, Bourbon Butter Pecan, White Russian, Cherry Amaretto, and Drunken Oreo, made with Oreos and whipped cream vodka. Don’t worry, they have kid-friendly flavors, too, like chocolate brownie bite, orange creamsicle and strawberries ‘n cream. 5910 Suwanee Dam Road, Sugar Hill, 678-765-9633

Planet Smoothie
Let’s be honest, nothing really hits the spot on a hot summer day quite like a refreshing smoothie — plus, they’re good for you! Made with fresh fruits and greens, Suwanee’s Planet Smoothie has a smoothie to satisfy every palate. Those looking for a health-conscious treat can try the Pineapple Tropi-Kale Twist, made with leafy greens, passion fruit, pineapple and almond milk. The kids will love the Captain Kid Jr., which is a simple but satisfying treat made with strawberries and orange sherbet. All of the smoothies are great, but this summer we’re loving the new boba-inspired creations. The Berry Poppin’ smoothie has strawberries, bananas, orange sherbet and mango boba, while the Bubble Trouble is packed with strawberries, mango, lemon juice, orange juice and mango boba. These smoothies are made even more refreshing with the addition of the mango boba, and are sure to keep you cool, calm and collected throughout the hot months. 320 Town Center Ave., Suwanee 770-945-8785,

Yogli Mogli
Located in Suwanee Town Center, Yogli Mogli is a self-serve yogurt bar where you can “celebrate with a swirl.” When the hankering for yogurt strikes, head to Yogli and choose from their 16 different flavors, including chocoholic, country vanilla, Georgia peach, pistachio, strawberry very berry and more. And while all the flavors are delicious, the real reason to visit Yogli Mogli is for the toppings. Kids (and adults) will have a blast loading up their cups of yogurt with their choice of more than 40 toppings. If you can think it up, they probably have it. From sprinkles, fresh fruit, marshmallows and gummy worms to cereal treats, candy and nuts, there’s no limit to the creative combinations of flavors. 320 Town Center Ave., Suwanee, 678-546-6558,

Scoops Ice Cream
Located in Sugar Hill, Scoops is much more than your average ice cream shop. In addition to the 32 flavors of handcrafted ice cream, Scoops is also a kid’s paradise with walls covered in an assortment of candies, chocolates and other goodies. Ice cream flavors include Cookie Monster, yellow cake batter, sea turtle, brownie batter, Superman, Key Lime pie, banana pudding, as well as all the classics you know and love. Kids can’t resist a double-scoop in a sprinkle cone, but you can also opt for a cup and cover it with an assortment of fun toppings! Sugar rush guaranteed. 5029 W. Broad St. N.E., Suite T-134, Sugar Hill, 678-514-1818,

Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
The newest sweet shop on the block, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice whips up authentic Italian ice, creamy soft serve ice cream, and gelati in a fun and vibrant atmosphere. The menu features more than 40 flavors, including familiar favorites like banana, blueberry, strawberry lemon, mango and cherry, along with more adventurous flavors like gingerbread, horchata, sour green apple, piña colada and spicy hot chocolate. Kiddos will love the straightforward Italian ice, but don’t miss out on the gelati, which is a swirl of Italian Ice and soft serve ice cream combined into one tasty treat. 991 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Suite 122, 470-758-4444,

Rita’s of Suwanee
Located in Suwanee Town Center, Rita’s serves up a rotating selection of delicious Italian Ice in more than 90 flavors. From its humble beginnings in 1984 as a small Italian Ice business started by a firefighter in Philadelphia, Rita’s has grown into one of the largest Italian ice chains with locations in more than 30 states across the country. The Italian ice is made fresh daily with real fruit and comes in flavors such as blue raspberry, cherry limeade, cotton candy, green apple and more. Rita’s also serves creamy frozen custard, gelati (a layered treat made with Italian ice and custard), Misto shakes, which blend Italian ice and custard together, traditional milkshakes, and other frozen goodies. 340 Town Center Ave., Suwanee, 678-765-2889,


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