When the sweat drips from your brow and the asphalt seems to melt your shoes, bring on the brain freeze. From Italian ices to velvety gelato to gourmet turns on comfort food, there are sips, slurps and swallows to soothe the rising temperatures.
Here are my Top 10 cool treats for taking the edge off the heat.
A&M Versini's Italian Ice
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What: Versini's sells a variety of creamy icy treats, but it is its cups of neon slushy sips in flavors such as berry, mango, pomegranate and tangerine that keep customers cool during events such as car cruise-ins and other community gatherings.
Where: 185 N. Country Club Road, Lake Mary; 407-322-4789; versinisitalianice.com
Why: There is nothing more cooling than flavored ice.
Burger 21 milkshakes and retro floats
What: The handcrafted drinks are from the restaurant's soda shop. Signature shakes include my favorite, the chocolate malted milk ball, as well as a wonderful bananas Foster and a coffee-laced Ybor City double espresso.
Where: 4192 Conroy Road., Suite 109, Orlando, 407-203-2848; 11551 University Blvd., Suite 16, Orlando, 407-985-3541; burger21.com
Why: These are easily shareable, so you can cool down for half the guilt.
Cask & Larder's moon pie
What: A decadent turn on an iconic Southern snack, this dessert is drenched in dark chocolate and filled with house-made marshmallow cream and banana semifreddo. It's definitely worth the calories when it shows up on the restaurant's ever-changing menu.
Where: Cask & Larder, 565 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park (caskandlarder.com; 321-280-4200)
Why: Semifreddo refers to various Italian chilled or partially frozen desserts. The chilled center oozes cooling banana flavor.
Ice Cream Social Club's Sweet Cream Caramel Ice Cream
What: Southern cookbook author Paula Deen loves this sweet creamy treat with sea-salt-topped pecans featured at the Ice Cream Social Club food truck at various events around Central Florida.
Where: Follow the food truck on Facebook and icecreamsocialclub.net
Why: In an instant the operators can create a product that is organic, lactose-free, vegan or sugar-free depending on the consumer demand.
Muse Gelato's namesake treat
What: This semi-frozen treat has more intense flavor than ice cream. Look for the seriously over-the-top triple dark chocolate gelato.