1. LocopopsLocopops is a local chain of shops specializing in handcrafted frozen pops made in the shop. Up to 20 flavors are available in the shops at one time. Pops are either dairy-based or dairy-free. Some are permanent flavors that are always available, while others make only temporary appearances on the menu. Flavors range from the unusual blends (apple pie, plum black pepper, jasmine green tea, rosemary pear and elderberry lavender) to more traditional frozen treats (chocolate peppermint, cookies and cream, chocolate brownie and strawberries and cream).
2604A Hillsborough Road, Durham. Open 1-7 p.m.
231 S. Elliot Road, Chapel Hill. Open 1-7 p.m.
1908 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Open 1-7 p.m.
2421 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh.
9700 Strickland Road, Raleigh.
13260 Strickland Road, Raleigh.
2042 Clark Ave., Raleigh.
1146 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. 2325 Davis Drive, Cary.
1407 Garner Station Blvd., Garner.
11736 Retail Drive, Wake Forest.
3906 North Roxboro Road, Durham.
3. FreshFresh is a relative newcomer on the local ice cream scene in Raleigh. All ice cream is made with hormone and antibiotic-free milk from local farmers and made fresh in the store. Fresh-baked waffle cones are also a specialty of the shop. Flavors include cocoa bean chocolate, fresh strawberry, coconut crunch, double chocolate brownie batter, white mint chip, NY strawberry swirl cheesecake, butter pecan, banana pudding, cupcake batter, Carolina crunch, cookie dough, cookies and cream, Georgia peach, soft cream vanilla and chocolate, wild berry sorbet, coffee and chocolate chip. A variety of sundae choices are also served and those enjoying the ice cream can dine outside after ordering at the window. While the store is open year-round, hours vary by month, so check the business website.
6033 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh.
Talley Student Center Emporium C-Store, Main Campus, Raleigh. Hours: M-F 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday noon to 9 p.m.
Creamery Shop in D.H. Library, Main Campus, Raleigh. Hours: Monday to Thursday noon to 1 a.m.; Friday noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
5. La Monarca MichoacanaLa Monarca Michoacana makes 36 flavors of homemade ice cream and 32 flavors of popsicles, using all-natural fruit. All items served are authentic Mexican-style. Dairy and non-dairy pops are available. Flavor options include mango chili, tamarind, blackberry and pistachio. The business is family-run with friendly employees who make an effort to answer questions despite being non-native English speakers.
2000 Avondale Drive Ste. P, Durham.