By Alexis Maness.

Ice cream and summer go together like cookies and cream, peanut butter and jelly or bacon and eggs! Whether you prefer it in a cone, cup, sandwich, or even a donut, the best way to beat the heat is with a cool treat. No matter what part of San Diego you live in, you are probably just a short drive or bike ride away from one of these favorite local establishments.

Baked Bear has brought ice cream sandwiches to a whole new level. You can choose from a variety of creamy flavors, mix and match your top and bottom with a choice of cookies, donuts, or brownies, and select from diverse toppings. They even offer to warm it up for you for. Baked Bear can be found in Pacific Beach, Carmel Valley, Carmel Mountain and Petco Park.

San Diegans are no strangers to flights of beer, but have you ever tried an ice cream flight? At Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream in North Park, Point Loma, and Pacific Beach you can! With over 300 rotating flavors, you can customize your own flight with up to 32 scoops. If you cannot get enough of your favorite flavors, try a triple scoop cone!

New is not always better; Niederfrank’s Ice Cream in National City makes their ice cream in old fashioned freezers and uses all-natural ingredients for delicious results. Not only is the ice cream rich, so is the history, the shop was opened in 1948. With flavors like marble fudge, raspberry truffle, and macadamia nut toffee, it is no surprise that people come from far and near to get a taste.

Supporting one of these local business is a win-win, you get to discover your new go-to ice cream spot and they get a great new customer!