I-Scream, You-Scream We All Scream For Ice Cream!
We share a love, hate kinda relationship with summer. Love because it’s the perfect excuse to indulge in all the ice cream we can eat mamas and hate because the temperatures are soaring, and the school holidays are in full swing (as are our little people…)
So we’re left looking for activities to keep us cool and the littles entertained this summer… the perfect answer? A few icy treats to keep our cool and the kids happy. From gelatos to gluttonous, jewelled candy-laden ice creams, to Turkish styled cones, we’ve rounded up our top five places in Dubai to indulge in a scrummy ice cream this summer.
Opened about a year ago at Box Park and Mall of the Emirates, GROM is a gelato parlour that specialises in interesting flavours, with plenty of toppings to jazz up your cone or cup (we love the sound of the tiramisu and mandarin!) Better still, the company only uses natural ingredients, without emulsifiers, colours or flavourings, so you can enjoy that second scoop guilt-free! We’ll meet you in the queue, mamas!
Box Park and Mall of the Emirates. www.grom.it/en
Black Tap is the answer to all the hundreds of questions surrounding kids, summer holidays, tackling the heat and kids (both at the same time). This famed NYC Restaurant led by Michelin-Starred Chef, Joe Isidori, has made its way to Dubai. Here is a place where you can treat your kids to the gluttonous, jeweled candy laden milkshakes, and you can enjoy their greasy burger with a chilled beer. While Kids enjoy the sugar rush, you get to have a beer. Win, win for both and there’s more mamas, Black Tap is Instagram friendly. Shakes, melt-in-your mouth burgers, chilled beer, cool Instagram pics… (we rest our case).
Fun is the name of the game at branches of Cold Stone Creamery across Dubai, where you can pick flavours and toppings, watch staff chop them together on a cold stone, and then witness your chosen dessert between thrown across the room by staff into pots with amazing skill (watch out though mamas, as we’ve seen them miss a few times!) Choose from plain flavours or ready-designed creations, all at affordable prices to keep costs down this summer.
Branches across Dubai. www.coldstone.ae
Thought that gelato was simply posh ice cream? Think again, mamas! Dri Dri is a modern gelato parlour, with two locations at The Beach JBR and Box Park, is very keen to point out the differences in the two desserts. Apparently, normal ice cream is made mostly with air, whilst traditional gelato ensures there is no air added in the process – simply a little cream, glugs of milk, and yummy ingredients to create the different flavours (and there are a lot!). The result is smoother, creamier and tastier – and with Dri Dri gelato made fresh in-house with no artificial flavours, colours, or emulsifiers, it feels better treating the littles too!
Box Park and The Beach at JBR. www.dridrigelato.com
They say a picture speaks a thousand words, do you see any kiddos in this picture mamas? Turkish ice cream often tease their customers by serving the ice cream cone on a stick, before you could hold it they take it away from you only to return it back playfully. Commonly sold from street style cart, here you get a chance to be entertained by the Turk and his magic stick (err, long paddle). They have some unique flavours, give this one a try mamas, you and littles will be left in splits watching the Turks antics.