10 ways to beat the Vegas heat with frozen treats

Summer in Las Vegas is sweltering. When the mercury starts rising everyone is looking for ways to cool off and there’s nothing more satisfying than a sweet frozen treat to help do the job. We’ve put together a list of 10 places that serve some of coolest refreshments around. You can thank us later.

Frrrozen Hot Chocolate

1)      Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace: Order the restaurant’s signature drink, the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, and you won’t be disappointed. The creamy, cold, chocolately goodness is served in a large glass topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. You can order one for yourself or one made to serve two. The rich treat also comes in different flavors like peanut butter, Orrreo, amaretto almond, white chocolate and mint.

2)      Luv-It Frozen Custard, 505 E. Oakey Blvd.: Located just past the Stratosphere, this Vegas institution opened in 1973 and has been serving delicious frozen custard treats from its walk-up window ever since. The custard, which is basically ice cream with egg in the mix, is made fresh daily in vanilla, chocolate and two special flavors like peppermint or eggnog. You can get the custard in shakes, malts, floats or sundaes. Try the famous Western — vanilla custard topped with a thin layer of hot fudge and salted pecans.

3)      Pinkberry at Crystals at CityCenter: This shop, located along the Strip in front of Crystals combines yogurt with daily fresh-cut fruit and premium toppings. Flavors include green tea, pomegranate, mango, watermelon, chocolate, peanut butter, original and more. Toppings come in a multitude of fruit options like kiwi, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, mango and pineapple. Plus, Pinkberry offers seasonal selections like Bing cherries and lychee. For the chocolate lover, there are also plenty of choices including shaved milk and white chocolate.

Trevi gelato

4)      Trevi at the Forum Shops at Caesars:  Trevi offers an array of gelato that is made fresh in-house daily. Choose from flavors like cappuccino, strawberry, Italian vanilla, pistachio, tiramisu and a gelato of the day, which often comes in some pretty unique flavors. Past flavors have included cranberry, pumpkin cheesecake and Almond Joy. They also have house-made sorbetti in refreshing flavors like lemon, raspberry and strawberry.

5)      Max Brenner at the Forum Shops at Caesars:  This restaurant serves an array of sweet creations including several ice cream treats. Try the Fantastic Popsicle Chocolate Fondue – a vanilla ice cream popsicle served with melted chocolate, crunchy wafer balls and candied hazelnut bits. Just dip your popsicle in the chocolate and then roll it in the toppings.  Max Brenner also serves up some incredibly indulgent ice cream sundaes like the Euphoria Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge Sundae or The Spectacular Melting Chocolate S’mores Sundae – milk chocolate ice cream, pure vanilla cream, milk chocolate fondue, chocolate chunks,

Sugar Factory's King Kong Sundae

marshmallow fluff and whipped cream garnished with a toasted marshmallow and served with white chocolate ganache.

6)      Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas: If you have a big group with a craving for some ice cream, Sugar Factory will satisfy your appetite with the King Kong sundae, which serves 12 and is priced at $49.95. The sundae includes a whopping 24 scoops of ice cream, two mini cupcakes, sprinkles, caramel sauce, fudge sauce, strawberry sauce, marshmallows, chocolate chip cookies, crushed waffle cones, gummy bears, white chocolate strawberry shavings, sliced bananas, toasted walnuts, whipped cream and giant lollipops. For those with slightly smaller appetites, Sugar Factory also has a variety of other shakes, malts and sundaes including a red velvet sundae and a cookie jar sundae.

Ice cream tasting at RM Seafood

7)     RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay: Think you’re an ice cream expert? Test your skills with Rick’s Tasting Game.  Chef Rick Moonen challenges guests to name all 16 flavors in his ice cream tasting, and those who do get the dessert for free (regular price is $18).  Flavors change often and can be as exotic as foie gras, or as simple as vanilla.  Only a handful of people have been able to guess all the flavors.

8)      Holsteins at The Cosmopolitan: If you’re looking for a shake with a little kick, head to Holsteins for one of their Bam-Boozled creations spiked with alcohol. Try the Birthday Cake, made with 3 Olives Cake Vodka, birthday cake crumbles and sprinkles. The Brown Cow float includes Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka, root beer, vanilla ice cream and Pop Rocks. Non-alcoholic shakes and malts are also available.

Pudding shakes and push pops at Gordon Ramsay BurGR

9)     Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood: This burger restaurant has some great frozen treats. There are five different shake options, but these are not your traditional shakes – they are all topped with rich pudding and a cookie. Try Shake #5 – a coffee shake with chocolate hazelnut pudding and a praline cookie. For a smaller dessert option, the sticky toffee pudding push-up pops are a great way to indulge your sweet tooth. Each order comes with two and they are just like the ice cream push pops you remember from childhood, but with some grown-up flavors. The pop is made with salted peanut ice cream and layers of sticky toffee pudding cake.

10)   SnoBar at various hotel pools:  SnoBar is just what partiers at Las Vegas pool clubs are looking for to cool off during a hot day. The ice cream is spiked with alcohol – a full cocktail in every serving. Flavors include brandy Alexander ice cream, Pink Squirrel ice cream, Cosmopolitan ice pop, margarita ice pop and grasshopper ice cream. The treats are served at pools and pool clubs around town like Marquee, Tao Beach, Caesars Palace and the Hard Rock Hotel.


It’s not that warm in Minnesota. I know this from spending half my life freezing in the northern part of the state. So 20 years ago, I decided to thaw out and traded in scarves and mittens for tank tops and flip-flops (Take that, polar vortex!). I swapped snow for 300 days of sun a year. I may not have been born here, but there are hotels that haven’t lasted in Vegas as long as I have. The Sands, Hacienda, Aladdin, Desert Inn and the Stardust too. I’ve been to my fair share of implosion parties. (Yeah, that’s a thing.) As a writer for Vegas.com, I’ve applauded hundreds of shows, explored every major hotel in town and raised a few glasses at most of the city’s bars and clubs. Now I’m the resident foodie here. I write about all things dining — from $3.99 shrimp cocktail at the Golden Gate to the finest sushi at Nobu, and everything in between.