Best ice cream spots in Austin

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  • Walking from class to class in the 95-degree Texas heat will have you craving something to cool you down. Reward yourself for those grueling summer classes with one of The Daily Texan's tasty suggestions for the best ice-cold treats in town.
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  • Cow-Tipping Creamery – 2512 Rio Grande St.
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  • This food truck combines the soft serve ice cream we can all remember from childhood with house-made extravagant toppings. Their famous “Stackers” are a refined version of sundaes, with layers of ingredients ranging from brown butter Ritz crunch to Dr. Pepper chocolate sauce. Located two blocks from campus, Cow-Tipping Creamery is convenient for students looking for a tasty way to cool off.

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  • Ice Scrapers – 411 West 23rd St.
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  • Just a few steps away from the University Co-op, you can find a non-traditional food truck that makes custom ice cream and shaved ice treats right in front of your eyes. Patrons can choose a chocolate or vanilla base, followed by options of fillers including fruits, Whoppers and Oreos. The scrapers then top off the treat with two toppings.
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  • Sweet Ritual – 4631 Airport Blvd.
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  • Although vegetarian and vegan options are not always universally appealing, this artisanal ice cream parlor makes it impossible for clients to realize the difference between cow milk and coconut milk. Flavors are made without dairy, eggs or casein, with many gluten-free options as well. Whether you’re craving hard scoops or soft serve, this alternative to traditional ice cream is worth the trip.
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  • Lick – 1100 South Lamar Blvd.
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  • Lick’s flavors like horchata, Texas sheet cake or Hill Country honey and vanilla bean provide their customers with a quintessentially southern ice cream experience. The milk and cream used to make the ice creams come from a family-owned dairy in Central Texas, and everything on its menu — syrups, marshmallows and cakes — are handmade in their kitchen.