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12 Frozen Hudson Valley Sweets That Aren’t Ice Cream

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Not a fan of the dairy stuff? Try these ices, wine sorbets, and non-dairy ice creams the next time you crave frozen treats.

By Sabrina Sucato and Lizzy Sobiesk

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 its 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.


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Frozen fruit bars at New Confectioner

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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 incredibly addicting frozen treats.

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Halo halo at Karenderya


A popular Filipino dessert, halo halo combines crushed ice, evaporated milk, and tons of toppings to create the perfect cool-down. Try the frozen treats at acclaimed Karenderya, where the colorful bowls include nata de coco (fermented coconut water), kaong (sugar palm fruit), jackfruit, red bean, bright purple ube, leche flan, and milk.

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Italian ice at Walter’s

Mamaroneck and White Plains

Founder Gene Warrington started the tradition of making Italian ices here in the 1960s. Today, the classic flavors, which include lemon, mixed berry, and watermelon, are still made with just fruit, sugar, and water. Feeling thirsty? Order a drinkable Freeze (Sprite plus Italian ice), which can be spiked with booze at the White Plains location. Fewer frozen treats have the everlasting nostalgia of old-school Italian ice.

Culture Cream Vegan Frozen Treats

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Kombucha sorbet at Culture Cream


In the midst of a national fermentation craze, chef and founder Katiushka Melo launched Culture Cream to make innovative ice creams and sorbets with home-brewed kefir and kombucha. Available in not-your-usual flavors like cherry-rosemary, melon-mint, and pineapple-lemongrass, Culture Cream’s sorbets are also rich in probiotics, meaning you can finally argue that dessert is healthy.


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Loaded fro-yo at Toppings

New Windsor and Wappingers Falls

With locations in New Windsor and Wappingers Falls, Toppings is all too conveniently located on both sides of the Hudson River. Frozen treat 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.

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 and have included such delights as the Piña Colada, made with pineapple rum, or the Mango Tango, infused with mango schnapps.


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Non-dairy sorbet at Jane’s Ice Cream


Since 1985, Amy Keller and Bob Guidubaldi have crafted small-batch frozen treats for the Hudson Valley. Made with whole fruit, Jane’s sorbets are dairy-free and include standout flavors like Damson plum, Alphonso mango, pineapple-coconut, pink grapefruit, blackberry, and pear.

Zora Dora frozen treats

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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 owned by Culinary Institute of America grad Steven Astorino crafts creamy ice pop treats in flavors like strawberry-basil-balsamic, turmeric-coconut latte, and papaya-lime. Flavors rotate daily, so this Dutchess County destination invites repeat visits. Try something out of the box and prepare to be delighted.

Commissary! Frozen treats

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Slushies at Commissary!

New Paltz

As the sister store of Lagusta’s Luscious in New Paltz, Commissary! delivers on tasty, flavorful vegan eats and frozen treats. 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.

Vegan ice cream at The Blue Pig

Croton-on Hudson

If you’re looking for an all-natural cold treat, The Blue Pig is the place for you. This shop offers a variety of ever-changing vegan ice creams, like creamsicle and chocolate peanut butter, both of which contain no high fructose corn syrup. For those topping lovers, fresh fruit comes from local farms or the shop’s own garden and is available to customize scoops.

the vegan stuff

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The Vegan Stuff at Végétalien


After savoring a scrumptious meal from one of the many restaurants on Beacon’s Main Street, take a walk to Végétalien for dessert (or, better yet, head there for your whole meal). Have a scoop of The Vegan Stuff, the shop’s dairy- and gluten-free ice cream. It comes in flavors as varied as pumpkin pie rocky road, mint chocolate chip, and burnt caramel, so there’s a scoop out there for everyone. Fair warning: they’re made in limited batches, so pick up any flavors you like ASAP.

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

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