It's summer and it's hot and the only antidote is cool, sweet, delicious ice cream. And on the Upper East Side, instead of just eating it, you can make your own.

Love chocolate chunks and peanut butter cups? Head to CoolMess and turn your vision into reality.

CoolMess is a great place for a kids' party, but it's an equally good spot for a ladies' date. Here's a perk: If you're of drinking age, you can order alcoholic beverages (or any, really!) from Burger Heaven downstairs, which is owned and run by the same family as CoolMess.

Welcome to CoolMess

Who doesn't want to play with their food?
Who doesn't want to play with their food? (Credit: Georgia Kral)

If you were a hot mess, now you're cool

CoolMess is on the second floor, above Burger
CoolMess is on the second floor, above Burger Heaven, on 62nd Street and Lexington Avenue. To get there, you go up a staircase decked out with sprinkle wallpaper and neon. (Credit: Georgia Kral)

The parlor

Once inside, you're given the option of making
Once inside, you're given the option of making your own ice cream or ordering a sundae or milkshake. While those options are all well and good, we're here to make our own. (Credit: Georgia Kral)

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The ice cream makers

This is where the magic happens.
This is where the magic happens. (Credit: Georgia Kral)

'Steps to the mess'

You pick your base first. The choices are
You pick your base first. The choices are either vanilla or chocolate, and both are from Brooklyn's Blue Marble Ice Cream. Next, you pick your toppings. Or, if you want to go with what the experts suggest, there are a few combinations listed. (Credit: Georgia Kral)

We'll take both chocolate and vanilla, please

Advice: If you're headed to CoolMess, go with
Advice: If you're headed to CoolMess, go with a few friends and get both base flavors. Each order makes enough ice cream for about three servings and costs $30. (Credit: Georgia Kral)

Toppings, toppings, toppings

Three toppings are included in the $30 flat
Three toppings are included in the $30 flat rate. We went for rainbow sprinkles, Heath Bar crunch, brownie bites and mini peanut butter cups. (Credit: Georgia Kral)

More toppings are available

You can mix Jelly Bellys into your ice
You can mix Jelly Bellys into your ice cream, too. (Credit: Georgia Kral)

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Step 1: Pour in the base

After turning the churning machine on, you pour
After turning the churning machine on, you pour in your base of choice. (Credit: Georgia Kral)

It churns for eight minutes

After adding the base, the machine whirs and
After adding the base, the machine whirs and cools, turning the liquid into ice cream with a consistency not unlike soft serve. (Credit: Georgia Kral)

Step 2: Add your mix-ins

What a beautiful sight. You add your toppings
What a beautiful sight. You add your toppings while the base is aerating and reaching the desired consistency. (Credit: Georgia Kral)

Step 3: Pull the ice cream from the mixing blade

While yes, this is a DIY ice cream
While yes, this is a DIY ice cream parlor, there are staffers who help with some steps, like this one. (Credit: Georgia Kral)

Get excited...

You're almost done!
You're almost done! (Credit: Georgia Kral)

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Ready to be scooped into bowls

It's cold, it's mixed. Are you ready?
It's cold, it's mixed. Are you ready? (Credit: Georgia Kral)

Step 4: Scoop it into bowls

You've made your own ice cream, now it's
You've made your own ice cream, now it's time for the finishing touches. (Credit: Georgia Kral)

Step 5: Whipped cream and sprinkles, duh

You can add whipped cream, sprinkles, chocolate sauce
You can add whipped cream, sprinkles, chocolate sauce or any other topping of your choice to the ice cream bowl of your dreams. (Credit: Georgia Kral)