16 Frozen Hudson Valley Treats That Go Beyond Ice Cream

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

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

Kingston

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, raspberry, and ginger-watermelon-lime. The vegan ice creams and sorbet are also incredibly addicting frozen treats.

Frozen yogurt at Peachwave Brewster

Brewster 

With over a dozen flavors of fro-yo to choose from, Peachwave Brewster has something to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Choose from classics like vanilla, chocolate, and plain tart or opt for something a little bit unique like Nutella, toasted marshmallow, and cotton candy. The shop even offers non-dairy fro-yo in flavors such as orange, Dole pineapple, and raspberry. 

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Halo halo at Karenderya

Nyack

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 mango, 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. Plus, if you’re looking to bring these summer treats and more to the comfort of your backyard, Walter’s has a food truck service for private parties, corporate events, and late-night get-togethers. 

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Kombucha sorbet at Culture Cream

Hudson

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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. With unique flavors like blueberry-thyme, blackberry-lavender, and pineapple-lemongrass, Culture Cream does not hold back when it comes to experimenting with new pairings. The 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 butter pecan 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

Troy

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. Currently, the shop offers vanilla and dragon berry dairy-free options.

 

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Non-dairy sorbet at Jane’s Ice Cream

Kingston

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.

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Paletas at Zora Dora Paletaria

Beacon

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.

Shaved ice at Woodstock Shave Ice

Woodstock 

Located on Mill Hill Road, this quaint shaved ice stand brings a taste of Hawaii to the Hudson Valley. With flavor combinations like Sunrise (cherry, tangerine, and lemon), Pink Flamingo (pink lemonade, strawberry, and vanilla), and Bahama Mama (banana, strawberry and coconut), these icy treats are perfect for a hot summer day. 

Vegan ice cream bars at Lagusta’s Luscious Café

New Paltz

Lagusta’s Luscious Café delivers on tasty, flavorful vegan eats and frozen treats. The creamy vegan ice cream bars are no exception. From peanut butter to tahini, these bars are as creative and zany as everything else on the menu.

 

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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 piña colada and mint chip. For those topping lovers, fresh fruit comes from local farms or the shop’s own garden and is available to customize scoops.

Vegan ice cream at Fortunes

Tivoli

Named the best ice cream in New York by Food & Wine magazine, this colorful oasis is the perfect place to treat yourself. Owners Brian Ackley and Lisa Farjam, who met in Tivoli as Bard students in 2001, opened the shop in 2019. Since then, they have been churning out high-quality, locally made ice cream. With a rotating menu that includes non-dairy flavors like red raspberry, darkest chocolate, halva honeycomb, and coconut almond fudge, this is a delectable spot that will keep you coming back for more.

Vegan ice cream at Sweet Dreams Organic

Woodstock

With a big ice cream cone along the side of its sign, Sweet Dreams Organic is impossible to miss. This bright yellow building is home to some of Woodstock’s most mouthwatering ice cream flavors. With a rotating menu, past non-dairy flavors have included chocolate hazelnut, pistachio, and mint chip. For fruit lovers, try the strawberry sorbet!

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The Vegan Stuff

Online and around the Hudson Valley

After getting started in Beacon, The Vegan Stuff now operates as an online brand, with local pickup and delivery available. If you’ve never tried the vegan ice cream before, expect pints that are incredibly rich, creamy, and filled with flavor. The cereal milk is a classic, while caramel brownie, rocky road, and mocha chocolate chip all hit the spot if you’re in the mood for something a little different.


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

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