A colorful board indicates the variety of flavors such as Almond Joyous, butter pecan and almond fudge at The Screamery Ice Cream store.

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Ice. Cream.

Doesn’t that sound perfect about now?

Tucson’s high temperatures are, after all, breaking records. Relief can come with that good, cold stuff.

And the Old Pueblo has plenty of that icy goodness to go around.

To help you beat the heat this summer, here are five of our favorite premium ice cream places where you can indulge in a bit of sweet relief:

Kenny Sarnoski, the owner of The Screamery, prepares a batch of Honeycomb ice cream. The Screamery says its ice cream is chemical-free.

1. The Screamery

Hours: Vary

Cup prices: $2.75-$6.75

Most popular flavor: Honeycomb.

The Screamery’s founders, Linda and Kenny Sarnoski, make their ice cream from scratch — from pasteurizing their own cream and base and developing unique flavors. They use organic milk and cream from grass-fed cows, and they do not use preservatives or stabilizers. “Being ice cream fanatics, we realized there was a hole in the market for ice cream made chemical-free,” Linda says.


John and his sister Helena Agnieszka enjoy some ice cream on John's last day of school during HUB Ice Cream Factoryís Grand Opening at 245 E. Congress Street in Tucson, AZ. Photo taken Friday, May 22, 2015. Photo by Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star.

2. Hub Ice Cream Factory

Hours: Noon-10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; noon-midnight, Fridays and Saturdays.

Cup prices: $2.50-$6.50.

Most popular flavors: Bourbon Almond Brittle, Salted Caramel, Oatmeal Cookie Dough and Mexican Wedding Cake.

“Our flavors are so unique,” Hub general manager Sarahi Rodriguez said. “It’s a good combination of not just the flavors, but the whole experience you get when you come and try our ice cream.”


Isabella’s Ice Cream co-owner Kristel Johnson pours a 3-gallon batch of Sonoran Coffee ice cream. The 4-year-old company’s products are in the freezers of Midwest grocery Schnucks.

3. Isabella’s Ice Cream

Available at multiple locations including Rincon Market, Renee’s Organic Oven, Lerua’s Fine Mexican Foods and 1702. 

Prices: Variable.

Most popular flavors: Salted Caramel Pecan, Lavender Vanilla.

Isabella’s Ice Cream is sold in stores and restaurants. But it is owners Kristel and Dominic Johnson’s ice cream truck that launched the business. These days, it is used primarily for catered events, but it is still a strong identifier for them. The trucks resemble old Model Ts but have definite 21st century touches. “The trucks run all on electric. We have solar panels that run the freezers and lighting systems,” Kristel said. “The whole concept was to use the charm of yesterday with the technology of today.”


Jessica Sullivan, manager of Sullivan's Eatery and Creamery, hands over another sample during the Ice Cream Showdown at Maynard's Market and Kitchen on Friday, June 10, 2015. Sullivan's Eatery and Creamery is a family business, owned by Jerry and Kathy Sullivan and managed by Patrick and Jessica Sullivan. Photo by: Rebecca Noble / for Arizona Daily Star

4. Sullivan’s Eatery and Creamery

6444 N. Oracle Road, 297-9974

Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m.,Friday-Saturday.

Cup prices: $1.75-$6.99.

Most popular flavors: Coffee Toffee, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Swiss Chocolate Orange Chip.

Sullivan’s ice cream is made in-house and uses a 16 percent butterfat mix, which makes the texture of the ice cream smoother and creamier, says owner Jerry Sullivan. He also points out that the former Swenson’s Ice Cream Parlor has an “old-fashioned appeal.”


Brooke Jensen, right, serves up a cone to a customer while her mother Jo at their Santa Barbara Ice Cream, Wed. May 9, 2012, Tucson, Ariz. Kelly Presnell/Arizona Daily Star.

5. Santa Barbara Ice Cream

Hours: Noon-8 p.m. daily.

Cup prices: $2.20-$5.07.

Most popular: Licorice.

Santa Barbara Ice Cream pulls from six different creameries, hailing from California, Oregon and Tucson. Owner Jo Jensen points to the in-demand Licorice flavor. “I’m the only place who carries it,” Jensen said. “It’s very popular and very refreshing.”

Here's where you can find them:

Loc Tran is a University of Arizona journalism student apprenticing at the Star.