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It may be a gorgeous 74 degrees today but we all know Missouri weather will have Columbia back into the 90s next week. To help you prepare, here is a list of local favorites where you can enjoy some delicious cool-down treats (plus more, because who doesn’t love dessert?!).

U Knead Sweets cakeopens IMAGE file

(sample this cake at U Knead Sweets)

Andy’s Frozen Custard
610 Cooper Dr. N
A local Missouri chain, Andy’s offers custom concretes, malts, sundaes, shakes, multiple seasonal favorites, and more! Currently in season: Cookie Casanova Sundae, Blueberry Concrete, Strawberry Shortcake Sundae, and Blackberry Concrete.

Blenders Smoothies + Juice
308 S. 9th St.
At Blenders you can find 30+ specialty smoothies like Devil’s Icebox (strawberry, Greek yogurt, banana), Run Forrest Run (cold press coffee, vanilla, choice of banana or blackberry), and Bloody Barry (cranberry, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry), along with fresh juice, wheat pretzels, and more. Plus, it’s a local Columbia business!

Buck’s Ice Cream
1306 Rollins
Buck’s is the official ice cream of the Missouri Tigers and is made fresh on campus by food science students. They have a lot of tasty flavors but Tiger Stripe is what they’re known for (try it, you’ll see why)!

Hot Box Cookies

(Hot Box Cookies delivered this to me on my birthday, and I cried.)

Hot Box Cookies
1013 E. Broadway
Know what goes great with Buck’s Ice Cream? Hot Box Cookies! Along with a wide variety of freshly-baked cookies, Hot Box offers shakes and ice cream sandwiches made with the local ice cream. Order a box as a gift or just send them to yourself – we won’t judge.

Peggy Jean’s Pies
3601 Buttonwood Dr.
Peggy Jean’s Pies took a 10-year break but they’re back! Take a look at their huge selection of fresh, handmade pies.. I could definitely go for peanut butter or key lime right now!

Randy’s Frozen Custard
3304 W. Broadway Business Park Ct.
Randy’s is Columbia’s longest-running custard shop and boasts a huge selection of specialty concretes. They’re also located right next to Shakespeare’s West, perfect for a family night of pizza and ice cream!

Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream
21 S. 9th St.
A local favorite, Sparky’s has all kinds of flavors (including ADULT ONLY options) like honeydew melon, Oreo Speedwagon, gooey butter cake, Boone Olive Oil Company’s Blueberry Balsamic Vinegar, Les Bourgeois and Ghirardelli, Guinness cake batter, and SO MUCH MORE. Check out their whiteboard for current flavors.

U Knead Sweets
808 Cherry St.
Another locally owned and operated shop, U Knead Sweets makes fresh-daily sweet treats. (Did you SEE the cake at the top of this post?) You can find seasonal items along with the usual scones, cupcakes, macaroons, croissants, and more.  Talk to Mrs. Shih if you’re in need of a special occasion treat!

The Velvet Cupcake
23 S. 8th St.
The Velvet Cupcake is located downtown in The Tiger Hotel, and their cupcakes are handcrafted and baked from scratch. Try their namesake “velvet cupcake,” the maple bacon cupcake, or one of the other many flavors, including gluten-free!

201 S. 9th St.
Yogoluv offers many flavors of frozen yogurt and even more toppings. Load yours up with fruit, candy, chocolate, cereal, syrups, whatever you want!

Of course, these aren’t the only dessert options in Columbia. Find more on our “What to Eat” tab. Enjoy!