It's hot outside, and it will be for a while. Contributor Leah Moore tried several frozen treats in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough.
Above, Maple View Ice Cream. Photo by Johanna Cano.
There are a lot of places in Chapel Hill and the surrounding area that serve frozen treats, ranging from gelato to milkshakes and smoothies. Here are a few of my favorites.
With eight rotating flavors, Yogurt Pump, affectionately nicknamed “Yo-Po,” is a student favorite. The European chocolate and pomegranate raspberry sorbet flavors are not to be missed. You can swirl flavors from the same machine, or mix two from different machines. Don’t forget your add-ins, either — I recommend the brownie bites, cookie dough bites and gummy bears. Make sure to save your receipts — after you have 10, you can get a free yogurt on the house. Eat your fro-yo outside on the sides of the walkway leading to Yogurt Pump and He’s Not Here.
Located a short drive away in Hillsborough, Maple View offers great views to go along with their homemade ice cream. The store has a porch with rocking chairs, and the sunsets are a good Instagram opportunity. Make sure you don’t Uber here, though — I did that and got stranded, because Ubers generally don’t go to more rural areas like Hillsborough. If you want the ice cream without the drive (and the view), head over to Trolly Stop on Franklin Street.
Take a stroll to Carrboro to try some Shaka Shave Ice. They sell colorful shaved ice out of an equally colorful building. The portions are large and the prices are reasonable. The ice is super sweet, though, so if you don’t like that, you may want to consider getting the sour add-on or going elsewhere. (Read more about Shaka Shave here.)
Sugarland, which is known for their beautiful wedding cakes, also offers yummy gelato in 24 flavors. Some of my favorites are Mexican chocolate and mango, but it’s hard to go wrong! Bring some cash with you, because Sugarland doesn’t accept credit or debit for purchases under $5.