The Ice-Cream and Beyond Guide

 Sweet, creamy and cold! It's always a good idea to eat something frozen and sweet.  Here are some must-try places to get your sweet on in Orange County.

Chocolate chip ice cream sandwich with cherries

Frozen Treats in Orange County



1650 S Harbor Blvd Ste B, Anaheim, CA 92802 | (714) 400-2071
1623 E Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92821 | (714) 256-4640
3972 Barranca Parkway #D, Irvine, CA 92606 | (949) 777-6627
More locations available on website.

What the Creamistry has to say: Serving ice cream the liquid nitrogen way is the right way! The rapid freezing process provides decadently rich, creamy frozen delights to satisfy both healthy options and indulgent ones. Forget the frozen stiff ice cream that has been sitting in the freezer for much too long because at Creamistry, we serve ice cream the fresh way. Our Creamologists specialize in using liquid nitrogen to prepare customized, handcrafted ice cream right before your eyes! We take pride in using high quality, premium ingredients including all natural and organic ingredients with over 40 flavors and 50 mix-ins/toppings.

Gelato Paradiso

Laguna Beach, CA – Peppertree Lane
448 South Coast Hwy, Ste A, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 | (949) 464-9255
Newport Beach, CA – Fashion Island Atrium
401 Newport Center Drive, Ste A102, Newport Beach, CA 92660 | (949) 718-9800

What Gelato Paradiso has to say: Found on most every Italian street corner, the gelateria (gelato shop) is a place to gather, relax, and unwind. It’s a place to connect with family and friends and savor a bit of the sweet life. In 1999, after sampling a broad (and I mean broad) array of gelato on offer throughout various alcoves of the Boot, Gelato Paradiso began with the simple desire to bring the quintessential experience of the Italian gelateria to our friends and family in California. Next came what can only be described as an importing frenzy. In setting up shop, our recipes, our ingredients, our methods, our training, our marble counters and tiles, our artwork, our cups and spoons, our display cases – EVERYTHING came from Italy. Thus, the ideal of the authentic Italian gelateria made its way to the West Coast.

Frapys Yogurt

24001 Via Fabricante Unit 1004
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(949) 215-3100

What Frapys Yogurt has to say: FRAPYS is a new concept frozen yogurt lounge, with 22 flavors of super-premium yogurt. We simply serve the BEST yogurt!

Frostbites Crepes & Frozen Delights

2801 Harbor Blvd., Suite A
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 444-2988

What Frostbites Crepes & Frozen Delights has to say: Here at frostbites we love our customers! Our mission: to serve our customers best by educating them about our products (try samples!) and have fun doing it. We established our first store in 2002 and hope to be in your community soon.

Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream

3640 S. Bristol Street
Santa Ana, CA 92704
(714) 979-8815

What Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream has to say: Since 1972, Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream has been a local favorite for generations of Orange County residents. All of our ice cream is made fresh, in the original Santa Ana location, using only the richest cream from local dairies. We never whip air into our ice cream to fluff up the volume. So, all you get is dense, creamy ice cream that you can really sink your teeth into! In addition to classic favorites, like Butter Pecan and Cookies & Cream, the Hans’ team continues to create new flavors, like Coffee OREO® and Nutella® Krunch. Try them in a shake or sundae or just enjoy them on a cone. We also serve up handmade Drumsticks, Ice Cream Sandwiches, and Munchies as well as hand-dipped, frozen bananas. Tell us what you like or dislike about our products or service, and we’ll continue to refine both. Our first batch of Salted Caramel ice cream was too salty. The next…not salty enough. Now? Now, we’ve got it just right. Try a taste for yourself.

Joe’s Italian Ice

2201 S. Harbor Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 703-2100

What Joe’s Italian Ice has to say: What started as lemon ice, (now known as Water Ice) has been perfected in over fifty flavors. This Authentic Philly Style Water Ice homemade here at Joe’s with fresh fruits. Soft Serve Ice Cream is shipped from Pennsylvania where it’s cooked at ultra high temperatures, (UHT) to give it a noticeably creamier, sweeter taste. This process is more expensive and only used by a handful of dairies found back east.

Snow 2 Go

25567 Jeronimo Rd
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(949) 307-4817

What Snow 2 Go has to say: Finely shaved ice topped with delicious syrups made daily with quality ingredients like fresh fruits, natural juices, and premium teas and coffees. With over 30 flavors to choose from and the option to have it “stuffed” with soft serve vanilla ice cream, this dessert is truly unique and refreshing!


944 Avocado Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 760-0003

What Sprinkles has to say: Sprinkles takes on another beloved American classic with new Sprinkles Ice Cream. Handcrafted using organic California dairy and carefully selected ingredients, Sprinkles is slow churned to incorporate less air resulting in a densely creamy and intensely flavorful ice cream experience. Scooped into crisp red velvet waffle cones, pressed between fluffy cupcake tops or piled high into sundaes loaded with housemade sauces and toppings, Sprinkles Ice Cream is a back to basics creamery with a Sprinkles twist!

Strickland’s Frozen Custard

4523 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 387-9955

What Stricklands has to say: Stricklands® Frozen Custard was founded in 1936 by Bill and Florence Strickland. During his years as an Akron Pure Milk employee, Bill developed his own rich recipe of cream, eggs, sugar and other ingredients. With his formula perfected, Bill turned his attention to developing an ice cream machine (called a “batch freezer”) that would quickly freeze the ice cream, while limiting the air whipped into the product. The result is Stricklands’ award-winning ice cream, frozen custard, yogurt and sorbet.

Watson Drugs & Soda Fountain

116 East Chapman Avenue
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 532-6317

What Watson Drugs & Soda Fountain has to say: Watson Drugs and Soda Fountain has been premier drug store and soda fountain shop for over 100 years! Located in Old Town Orange, this establishment has been around since 1899. Come in to this 1950’s diner and enjoy all the great burgers, steaks, shakes, malts, and ice cream floats your heart desires.


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