Every few years, it seems like there is a new dessert craze that blows up on Instagram. Whether it is fish-shaped ice cream cones, or larger-than-life milkshakes covered in pounds of candy, there never ceases to be a hot new trend. Today, we are covering an ice cream style that has been up-and-coming for the past few years (And in our opinion, it’s here to stay).
This phenomenon is known as rolled ice cream or “stir-fried ice cream.” The creation of this treat is more of an art than a science.
Starting with cream, condensed milk, and whichever mix-ins your heart desires, your ice cream chef furiously chops all of the ingredients together on an ultra-cool metal anti-grill until everything is folded together (For those of you who are missing the gym during the pandemic, this is a great way to keep your forearms looking swole). Once the ingredients are blended, the mixture is then spread thinly across the metal cook top “canvas” in a crepe-like fashion. As the mixture begins to dry it is then scrapped and rolled up into delicious round cylinders.
The result is a texture that can only be described as the love child between hard ice cream and soft serve. It is extremely creamy, yet it still has that full-bodied feel.
The final step is picking your toppings. Most places have preset options (Your traditional sundae option). However, a few lucky people will have access to choose-your-own adventure type shops where you will have the ability to load your ice cream with whatever toppings your heart desires.
Some of our favorite combos are:
Although rolled ice cream may seem like a gimmick, it delivers. We think it’s a trend that will be here for a long time.
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