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7 Ice Cream Shops in Cabarrus County to Cool Off In

Jul 23, 2018 01:19PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Vanilla Ice Cream with Fruity Pebbles in a Waffle Cone. Bam! Courtesy of C3's Facebook page.

Summer is in full swing, and that means the heat is too. Time is spent attempting to stay cool. Days are spent heading to the local pool, local swimming holes, or staying indoors where the air conditioning is at full blast. 

Sometimes, though, all it takes to cool off is a cold treat! There are several local ice cream shops in Cabarrus County that will help you through the summer heat. Though there are plenty of chain ice cream shops we could focus on, we wanted to keep this list locally owned. 

Read on to see where you should grab your next cone.

Cabarrus Creamery

On July 1st, 2018, Cabarrus Creamery celebrated 15 years at their current location on Union Street in downtown Concord. This beloved shop is known for its local feel and its variety of flavors, with unique additions like Key Lime Pie, Cherry Garden, and Red Velvet Cake.

Stop by for a tasty treat and cool off! 

21 Union Street S
Concord, NC 28025

S & I Ice Cream

Courtesy of Sticky L. on Yelp.
S & I specializes in the classic ice cream experience with large portions. Along with that, you can get soft serve, shakes, and snow cones at this small local spot. 

Amanda W. on Yelp said, "My favorite is their snow cones! They're delicious every time! Also their soft serve is great too!"

587 Church St N
Concord, NC 28025
(704) 784-5900


C3 is a Concord-based coffee shop that's also a creamery with crepes -- thus, "C3." Originally imagined in 2003 as a picture of what the future could be, C3 has gone through several transformations in its arrival to the present, it's website states. The ice cream found here is made-to-order and nitrogen-based, making it a fun experience all around as your treat is made right in front of your eyes.

What makes this place so unique is its offerings. You can find tasty coffee and crepes here if the ice cream isn't hitting the spot. Stop by and hang out! 

5011 Weddington Road #60
Concord, NC. 28027

Papa Robb's Paradise Ice

Papa Robb's offers more than just ice cream, they offer an experience. Enjoy outdoor seating, special events, a playground, and a party center. You will find tropical treats that will help you cool off, while the kids blow off some steam on the playground. It's a win-win! 

Facebook review said, "A great place to hang out with the family. The Paradise Freeze was quite delish!"

Find a tasty treat here!

3700 Poplar Tent Rd
Concord, NC 28027
704 652-PAPA(7272)

Susa's Ice Cream Cafe

Susa's is a place for the whole family, offering Hershey's ice cream as well as tea and coffee. It also offers free wifi for those scrolling while ordering. On top of that, small knick-knacks and items can be found if you want to peruse while enjoying your ice cream.

According to a review on Facebook, "We went to Susa's for the first time last night and were delighted, absolutely delighted! We were the first to be treated to the new summer hours and I am glad they were open. Mustafa, the owner, prepared an awesome Baklava/Ice Cream sandwich." 

Explore while cooling off! 

5092 Highway 49 S
Harrisburg, NC 28075
(980) 258-8162

The Sweetest Thing Ice Cream Shoppe

The tagline of this Kannapolis-based shop is, "Serving old classics and creating new favorites." The Sweetest Thing prides itself on offering affordable ice cream options for the whole family. Expect to find a wide variety of treats sure to please every pallet, as well as freshly baked cookies to create your own ice cream sandwich, old fashion root beer floats and milkshakes as well as original custom creations.

A review on Facebook stated, "Always a great experience. We had about 18 of us in there tonight and they served us gladly, and let us take over the place really. Thank you so much for the kindness!"

Stop by and see what everyone is raving about, and cool off at the same time. 

823 West C Street
Kannapolis, NC 28081
(704) 298-4422

Frutas Locas

Enjoy some fun and interesting frozen treats at Frutas Locas. They play with fruit and ice cream in a fun way while also offering classic ice cream and shakes. 

A review on Facebook said, "Nice comfy place, underrated and has great ice cream! I was very pleased with my visit here and would recommend this place to anyone that likes a ice cream cone and see the different flavors there! Don't be afraid to go in and explore the different options!"

If you're ready for a unique, cold treat, this is your place. 

473 North Cnnon Blvd.
Kannapolis, NC 28083
(704) 798-6627

What's your favorite place to grab a cold treat? Let us know in the comments! 

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