Once the temperature exceeds 100 degrees, a small fan and a cool breeze just won’t do the trick anymore. A dunk in a refreshing body of water can help relieve the burning, but the best way to lower your internal temperature is to cool yourself from the inside. Enter the ice cream sundae. It’s not like medicine at all. It goes down smooth, tastes amazing and makes the blazing heat seem like a spring breeze, at least for a few minutes. Here are five great places to get just the sundae you need to survive another hour of the Sacramento summer.
Gunther’s Quality Ice Cream
2801 Franklin Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 457-6646
www.gunthersicecream.comGunther’s offers 40 quality ice cream flavors along with several seasonal flavors, like spumoni and pumpkin. Besides ice cream made the same way it has been since 1940, there’s also room on the menu for sherbet, frozen yogurt and no-sugar-added options. Visit the establishment for a cone, a hand-packed quart or a milkshake, but stay for the ice cream sundae. With specialty choices like the banana split or the hot fudge brownie, how can you go wrong? The sundaes can be made to order with any of the ice cream flavors and come with a wide variety of toppings like strawberry, marshmallow, almonds and homemade whipped cream.

Leatherby’s Family Creamery
2333 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 920-8382
www.leatherbys.netLeatherby’s is committed to the “highest quality ice cream and generous portions at reasonable prices.” All of its ice cream and sauces are homemade, making the product highly enjoyable. Leatherby’s offers over a dozen ice cream sundae creations, meaning there’s at least one sundae perfect for you. When dining at Leatherby’s, it’s common to share. Try Daddy Dave’s Banana Special with three scoops of ice cream, three sauces, whipped cream and a cherry.

Yogurt Time Cafe
410 Foothills Blvd., Suite 101
Roseville, CA 95747
(916) 772-5002
www.yogurttimecafe.comServing frozen yogurt and gelato, Yogurt Time Cafe is the perfect place to make your own sundae. It offers several different fruit toppings including strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, kiwi, pineapple, mango and oranges along with fruity boba toppings. With eight different frozen yogurt flavors on tap, and new flavors coming in all of the time, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for. You build your sundae so you can build it any size you like. Of course, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to finish your awesome creamy creation.

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Happy Cow Ice Cream
Mobile Ice Cream Truck
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 277-3890
The Happy Cow Ice Cream truck is no ordinary ice cream truck. Though it does travel the city looking for those in need of a sweet treat, it does not offer pre-packaged goods in a state of deep freeze. These ice cream cones are a sundae with a handle, like the Lemon Drop, a vanilla cone covered with lemon sauce and Nilla wafers, or the Jersey Boy, a waffle cone filled with hot fudge and nuts and topped with salted peanuts and a hard chocolate shell.

Vic’s Ice Cream
3199 Riverside Blvd.
Sacramento CA 95821
(916) 448-0892
www.vicsicecream.comVic’s offers 22 ice cream flavors and choices of sherbet and five percent dairy ice cream alternatives, including Muddy Mocha, Fudge Ribbon and Chocolate Mousse. Not in the mood for a sundae? Enjoy an ice cream soda, a sherbet freeze or malted milk. If you are looking for an ice cream sundae, however, look no further. Though the menu lists them plainly as sundae or small sundae, they do not disappoint. Available toppings include pineapple, marshmallow, hot fudge and hot caramel.

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Laurel Hanson is a freelance writer uncovering Sacramento’s healthy food secrets in local restaurants, locavore havens, and even local foraging. Her work can be found on Examiner.com


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