Sweet Treats In Hernando and Crosstown at Area 51 Ice Cream
Area 51 Ice Cream's two Mid-South locations take the creamy richness of homemade ice cream and mix it with decadent baked goods like cobblers and cookies, or summery fruits like peaches and blackberries. Take yourself out for an ice cream treat at their Hernando ice cream shop, or at the ice cream stand inside the Crosstown Concourse. As for the Hernando location, Area 51 Ice Cream is a small shop in the Magnolia Square Shopping Center right off of West Commerce Street. If you blink you'll miss it. It's about a 25 minute drive from downtown Memphis, maybe a half hour if you hit some traffic. The Crosstown location is located in the Central Atrium. Both ice cream shops serve homemade, small batch ice cream in seasonal flavors that change daily, plus floats, ice cream sandwiches, and other baked goods. They use local produce and ingredients whenever possible, and their flavor selection depends on what they find at the Hernando Farmer's Market that week. We went with one scoop each of the Cedar Hill blackberry goat cheese and the snickerdoodle, plus The Roswell ice cream float. The Cedar Hill blackberry goat cheese had bits of frozen blackberry mixed in; it's not overwhelmingly goat-cheesy, but just right. We all decided the snickerdoodle pretty much tasted like Christmas and was mixed with pieces of soft snicker doodle cookies - my favorite.
The Roswell is a creamsicle-like ice cream float with lemon icebox pie flavored ice cream, Orange Crush soda, and a swirl of grenadine. I'm not much of an orange soda girl, but I would never turn this down on a hot summer day aka every day. As of July 2020, Area 51's hours are as follows:
Go there: Area 51 Ice Cream 117 W Commerce Street, Hernando, MS 38632 1350 Concourse Ave #168, Memphis, TN 38104