The summer heat is fast becoming oppressive, and let's face it: Ice cream is just not gonna cut it. Not even frozen yogurt.
No, spare me the dairy — I demand a snow cone.
If your frigid sugar cravings are anything like ours, Houston offers an assortment of places where you can cool off and amp up. Sugar high, anyone?
Tampico — Not to be confused with the (also fabulous) seafood joint, Tampico the snow cone joint is in the Heights on Main Street and serves up over-sized snow cones for under a dollar. These goodies tower over the top of your styrofoam and if shaved ice n' syrup isn't your thing, there's a variety of other Mexican treats.
MAM's House of Ice — By far the stand with the most loyal and bountiful social media followers, MAM's is also in the Heights (neighborhood, I heart you) on the corner of 20th and Rutland.
Tropical Chill — It's out in Deer Park, but it's existed since '93 and boasts a range of flavors including "Tiger's Blood" and "Batman" in addition to your more classic, "Tutti Frutti."
Mango Beach — We Heights folk love our snowballs. Mango Beach on White Oak (across from the baseball park on the Woodlands side) serves traditional raspas. You can't miss it — look for the neon green and yellow shack next to the Little Buddy corner store.