Soft Serve, Milkshakes, and Other Ice Cream Pop-Ups This Month

Don't miss sweet specials throughout July at spots like Bar Boulud, Puritan & Company, and the Taza Chocolate factory.

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Back Bay Sundaes at Bar Boulud. / Photo by Leise Jones Photography.

Hopefully you aren’t numb to various food holidays just yet, because July is National Ice Cream Month, and several local restaurants and confectioners are dishing out specials to celebrate. Whether you’re craving a classic hot fudge sundae, a scoop of something sweet-meets-savory, or even a whiskey-laced milkshake, here are eight ice cream pop-ups happening this month:

Back Bay Sundaes at Bar Boulud

Stop by Bar Boulud for one of pastry chef Robert Differ’s new specialty sundaes, an ongoing special this summer. Choose from the hazelnut Rocher, with hazelnut gelato and Nutella; mint chocolate cookie, with fudge sauce and wafers, or the strawberry shortcake, sweetened with jam and marshmallows.

$10-$12, Bar Boulud, 776 Boylston St., 617-535-8800,

Whiskey milkshake at the Independent. / Photo provided.

Whiskey milkshake at the Independent. / Photo provided.

Whiskey Milkshakes at the Independent

The Union Square pub is partnering with neighboring Gracie’s Ice Cream (aka the best ice cream around) this week on a decadent treat: A milkshake with Gracie’s chocolate ice cream, spiked with Four Roses whiskey. Yes, please. The special starts at 3:30 p.m. and is available until it’s gone.

$9, Thursday, July 7, the Independent, 75 Union Square, Somerville, 617-440-6022,

Soft Serve at Puritan & Company

Puritan & Company chef Will Gilson and his team will turn the Cambridge restaurant into a soft serve ice cream shop on Saturday, July 9. Get your cone topped with treats like brownie bits, toasted coconut, and house-made peanut Butterfingers. Boozy and virgin Arnold Palmers and raspberry lime Rickies are also on the menu.

$5 per cone + $.50 for each topping, Saturday, July 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m, Puritan & Company, 1166 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-615-6195,

Ice Cream Social at Journeyman Restaurant

The Somerville restaurant may have recently launched a casual weeknight concept called Heat, but on Monday, July 11, cool off there with ice cream frozen-to-order with liquid nitrogen. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., so stop by after work to cure those Monday blues.

$25, Monday, July 11, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Journeyman, 9 Sanborn Ct., Somerville, 617-718-2333,

Taking Back Sundae at Great Scott

Dust off those skinny jeans and stop by Great Scott for an emo DJ set and treats from the Parlor Ice Cream Co. The event’s entry fee comes with a complimentary cone, with Jacqueline Dole theming her ice cream flavors off the emo anthems playing that night.

$5, Friday, July 15, 10 p.m., Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston, 617-566-9014,

Dairy-free popsicles from Scoop Sights

Dairy-free popsicles from Scoop Sights, one of the vendors heading to Chill Out Saturdasy at Taza Chocolate. / Photo via Facebook

Chill Out Saturdays at Taza Chocolate

Taza’s Somerville chocolate factory will feature an array locally-produced sweets made with its stoneground chocolate this month. During each weekend tasting, there’s a new vendor on site: Chill with Honeycomb Creamery and its Cambridge-made ice cream on July 16, 7ate9 Bakery’s frozen cheesecake pops on July 23, and vegan-friendly treats from Scoop Sights on July 30.

Saturdays, July 16-30, 1-4 p.m., Taza Chocolate, 561 Windsor St., Somerville, 617-623-0804,

Jerika’s Bakeshop at Rancatore’s Ice Cream at the Street

A new bakery pop-up fronted by veteran pastry chefs Jared Bacheller and Erika Chan (L’Espalier, Asta) visits Rancatore’s temporary storefront in Chestnut Hill this month, with a unique take on ice cream. Prepare yourself for eclectic flavors like Beemster—yes, the Dutch gouda cheese—and butterscotch, chocolate and black olives, and Boston baked beans.

Sunday, July 17, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Rancatore’s Ice Cream, the Street, 55 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, 617-489-5090, Instagram.

Hot Fudge Sundaes at Crescent Ridge Dairy

Of course Ice Cream Month encompasses National Hot Fudge Sundae Day—it’s Monday, July 25. That day, get your fix with whipped cream and a cherry on top at this Sharon, Massachusetts, farm’s Boston Public Market booth. Crescent Ridge is teaming up with Taza Chocolate for Sundaes on Saturday on July 30, too.

$5, Monday, July 25, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, July 30, 1-3 p.m., Crescent Ridge Dairy, Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., 617-973-4909,