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Suffering from Blue Bell withdrawal? Here are 5 cool places to get your ice cream fix now

Blue Bell withdrawal? 5 cool places to get your ice cream fix now

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Hank's Ice Cream is a Houston institution with more than 100 rotating flavors. Photo by Ruthie Johnson Miller
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Amy's sweet cream flavor is delicious and perfect for adding toppings. Amy's Ice Creams/Facebook
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One of Cloud 10 Creamery's permanent flavors is the unique lime and Ceylon cinnamon. Courtesy of Cloud 10 Creamery
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As the world knows, Brenham-based Blue Bell Creameries has recalled all of its products due to the presence of the potentially-deadly Listeria monocytogenes organism. With no set date for when Blue Bell will return to stores, one League City man even tried to take advantage of Texans' desperation by selling a 'safe' carton of Blue Bell's Cookies 'n Cream ice cream on eBay for $50. 

Given these trying times, we've rounded up five of the city's best ice cream shops so you can have your frozen treat and eat it, too.

Fat Cat Creamery

With beloved year-round staples like Mexican Vanilla and Strawberry Buttermilk, as well as rotating flavors that include Bananas Foster, Whiskey Butter Pecan and Milk and Cookies, Fat Cat Creamery is the perfect destination for anyone craving a frozen sweet treat — and they sell pints to take home, too! Don't miss out on sundaes from the Heights shop, especially when they're topped with Fat Cat's signature praline sauce. 

Cloud 10 Creamery

Pastry chef Chris Leung is known for featuring deliciously adventurous flavors at this Rice Village ice cream shop. Year-round staples include flavors like Spicy Dark Chocolate, Cafe Sua Da, and Nutella and Marshmallow, while seasonal flavors are generally known to be highly unique, such as smoked peach and Valrhona Chocolate with figs.

Hank's Ice Cream

With more than 100 rotating flavors, this family-owned ice cream parlor has been serving up delicious frozen treats for more than 20 years — and with good reason. Located near NRG Stadium, the homey shop's flavors like Butter Pecan, Banana Pudding and Strawberry Cheesecake are sure to satisfy any ice cream craving.

Amy's Ice Creams

This Austin-based chain is a local favorite and serves up a rotating variety of delicious ice cream flavors. While permanent flavors like Sweet Cream and Belgian Chocolate are always great options, rotating flavors include varieties such as Chocolate Chip Cookie, Blueberry Muffin and Rocky Road. Servers will also hand mix any toppings directly into your ice cream so you don't eat them all in your first bite!

The Chocolate Bar

Known for serving extremely decadent ice creams in flavors like German Chocolate, Brownie Supreme and Chocolate Banana Pudding, a scoop (or two) of ice cream from The Chocolate Bar is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Be sure to try their Frozen Hot Chocolate — topped with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles — for a delectable icy treat.

Did we forget your favorite ice cream destination? Tell us about it in the comments section below.