Beat the heat with a visit to one of the country's most delicious ice cream trucks.

Summer time means ice cream time, but it doesn't mean you have to go in search of the refreshing treatsometimes, the ice cream comes to you. Below, we round up the 10 best gourmet ice cream trucks in the country, plus two exclusive ice cream sandwich recipes from one of the most famous trucks, Coolhaus. Parfait Organic Artisan Ice Cream [caption id="attachment_330713" align="alignnone" width="493"] Parfait Organic Artisan Ice Cream[/caption] Where: Seattle, WA Why They're Awesome:All of the ice creams and sorbets are gluten free, and several of the sorbets are vegan as well, ensuring that anyone can indulge in the truck's delicious desserts. But just because Parfait accommodates dietary restrictions doesnt mean their flavors are limited: there are 25 varieties currently listed on the website, some of which are named after the local farms that provided signature ingredients, like the Ballard Bee Honey and Alm Hill Farm Blueberry ice creams. First Thing to Try: The summer-only Hayton Farms Strawberry ice cream, which is made with fresh strawberries from a local farm in Skagit Valley. Zsa's Gourmet Ice Cream [caption id="attachment_330718" align="alignnone" width="493"] Zsa's Gourmet Ice Cream[/caption] Where: Philadelphia, PA Why They're Awesome:Zsas cheerful blue 1963 International Harvester vannamed Gatsbyoffers small batch, artisanal ice cream by the scoop and by the pint, so you can have your ice cream now and save it for later, too. Zsas doesnt use any artificial flavorings or colorings, and it goes through more than 100 lbs of sugar a week to make its own caramel for one of its most acclaimed flavors, Salted Caramel. First Thing to Try:Get a scoop of Salted Caramel and/or Zsa's other uber-popular flavor, Black Magic. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream [caption id="attachment_330717" align="alignnone" width="493"] Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream[/caption] Where: New York City, NY Why They're Awesome:Van Leeuwen has not one, not two, but six trucks that frequent the Brooklyn and Manhattan areas. If you cant find one of the trucks, there are also three brick-and-mortar stores located in NYC so you can get your ice cream fix no matter what. All of Van Leeuwens trucks and stores use local, hormone- and antibiotic-free ingredients as well as biodegradable utensils made from 100% renewable materials, so you can feel good about the tasty ice cream youre eating. First Thing to Try:Try out one of the special flavors that are made in small batches on rotation, such as Sweet Sticky Black Rice. Hello! Ice Cream [caption id="attachment_330720" align="alignnone" width="493"] Hello! Ice Cream[/caption] Where:Ann Arbor,MI Why They're Awesome:Despite the name, Hello! Ice Cream actually serves up mouth-watering gelato-based treats out of its 1965 International Metro van named Ingrid. Ingrid drives all over the South Michigan area during the summer, bringing gelato, sorbetto, and other delicious Italian desserts everywhere she goes. Flavors range from American favorites like espresso to Italian specialties like zabaglione (a custard made of eggs, cream, and marsala wine). First Thing to Try:Grab yourself a cup of one of the traditional Italian gelato flavors. Twirl and DipOrganic Soft Serve Ice Cream Truck [caption id="attachment_330716" align="alignnone" width="493"] Twirl and Dip Ice Cream[/caption] Where: San Francisco, CA Why They're Awesome:Twirl and Dip gets their name from its soft serve twirl cone (Organic Vanilla Bean and Organic Chocolate swirled together) and its chocolate dip (made with TCHO chocolate and Maldon sea salt). While theirflavors are certainly classic, Twirl and Dip adds a new spin on old dessert by making its organic goodies with fresh, local ingredients. If youre not in the mood for ice cream, Twirl and Dip also offers handmade ice lollies in seasonal flavors like Cantaloupe with Honey and Watermelon Lemonade. First Thing to Try:A chocolate-and-vanilla twirl cone dipped in chocolate, of course. The S'Cream Truck [caption id="attachment_330714" align="alignnone" width="493"] The S'Cream Truck[/caption] Where: Los Angeles, LA Why They're Awesome:Sarah Reinhardt and Louise Browne-Gonzalez decided that ice cream trucks should offer healthier treats for kids without artificial colors or ingredientsand thus was the SCream Truck born. Not only is their ice cream better for you, its also delicious and fun to eat. First Thing to Try:Be sure to try their signature SCream Balls (ice cream balls on a stick dipped in chocolate toppings). Cones Truck [caption id="attachment_330722" align="alignnone" width="493"] Sticks and Cones Ice Cream[/caption] Where: Charlotte, NC Why They're Awesome:Sticks and Cones Ice Cream takes its name from theirtwo trucks: the Sticks Truck and the Cones truck. The Sticks Truck offers regular ice cream truck fare, but the Cones Truck goes a step beyond with creations like the Granny Gene (above right), which combines homemade lemon curd and graham crackers with vanilla soft serve ice cream. Many of the other sundaes also incorporate homemade baked goods, which the Cones truck often sells a la mode as well. First Thing to Try:Any premium sundae that includes a home-baked goodie in it.   Fifty Licks Handmade Ice Cream [caption id="attachment_330721" align="alignnone" width="493"] Fifty Licks Handmade Ice Cream[/caption] Where: Portland, OR Why They're Awesome:Fifty Licks makes its seasonal ice cream flavors with a unique French custard-style base for the perfect creamy consistency. Founder Chad Draizin wont sell a flavor until he perfects the taste, leading to standouts like Buttermilk Blood Orange Creamsicle and Jasmine Rice with Fragrant Pandan Leaf. The truck is only open during the summer, but the brick-and-mortar location is open year round and serves sorbets, cuban coffee, and sorbet cocktails in addition to ice cream. First Thing to Try:If you want a true Portland experience, try thePip's Original Salted Honey Doughnut ice cream, which incorporates doughnuts from another local stop. Treatbot Ice Cream Truck [caption id="attachment_330715" align="alignnone" width="493"] Treatbot Ice Cream[/caption] Where: San Jose, CA Why They're Awesome:If you like to listen to music while you eat ice cream, then Treatbot is the truck for you: it offers karaoke along with sweet treats. Unfortunately, an accident a few weeks ago totalled the original truck, but a new pink one now roams the streets of San Jose and will be outfitted for more karaoke soon. The plucky Treatbot truck offers fun flavors like East Side Horchata and Bananutellabut if you cant shake the urge to sing, stop by the Treatbot Factory in the San Pedro Square Market. First Thing to Try:The 408 flavornamed after a California area codecombines caramel ice cream, fudge, and Oreo cookies. Yum! Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches [caption id="attachment_330712" align="alignnone" width="493"] Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches[/caption] Where:Los Angeles, CA; New York City, NY; Austin, TX; Dallas, TX Why They're Awesome:No ice cream truck roundup would be complete without Coolhaus. With four trucks roaming three different states, Coolhaus serves up architecturally-inspired ice cream cream sandwiches with names like I. M. Pei-nut Butter (Double Chocolate cookies with Peanut Butter ice cream). If you dont live nearby one of the four trucks, check out our featured Coolhaus recipes below to make your own sandwiches, or pick up the newly-released Coolhaus Ice Cream Book for even more options. First Thing to Try:Make your own delicious sandwiches right now... Peanut Butter Ice CreamSandwich withPeanut Butter Cap'N Crunch Cookies   Salted Chocolate Almond Joy Ice CreamSandwich withPretzel Chocolate Chunk Cookies   For more on ice cream... This article originally appeared as on Relish