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Rolled Ice Cream – Gaining in Restaurant Popularity

June 6, 2018 11:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

For quite a while, it seemed like the very hottest trend in imported Asian treats was bubble tea, with shops opening up everywhere to satisfy the insatiable demand for various kinds of delicious and refreshing bubble tea. However, as trends go, it seems that the next big thing on the horizon has already arrived, and it appears to have the same kind of tremendous appeal that bubble tea has had, and it holds the same fascination for the consumer public. Thai rolled ice cream is a treat which has been sweeping the country from coast to coast, and from the Canadian border to the Mexican border. Restaurants are including it on their menus as a special treat, and ice cream parlors everywhere are rushing to put it on the menu, so they can capitalize on one of the hottest trends in the food industry.

What is Thai Rolled Ice Cream?

Thai rolled ice cream is a confection composed of little ice cream rolls which have the diameter of a cylinder of quarters, but which are squeezed into a serving bowl and topped with all kinds of enticing toppings, such as chopped nuts, coconut, M&Ms, toasted marshmallow, gummy bears, and hot fudge.

A bowl of Thai rolled ice cream with toppings sells for between $5 and $10, but the price doesn’t seem to be a deterrent for those people who are in a rush to experience this latest craze. The Thai rolled ice cream fascination appeared late in 2017 and has taken only a few months to sweep across the country and capture the imagination of consumers. It was imported from countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, which are all countries where the confection is hawked on many street corners and has garnered a huge following already.

Making Thai Rolled Ice Cream

It’s pretty easy to make Thai rolled ice cream, which is one reason why it has quickly taken off in restaurants and in ice cream parlors across the country. From beginning to end, it only takes about two minutes to prepare a bowl of delicious ice cream, including the addition of whatever toppings may appeal to a given customer.

Many people involved in the preparation of rolled ice cream have declared that it’s as much fun to prepare a bowl as it is to eat it. To begin with, it’s necessary to pour a cup of flavored liquid which has a milk base, over an extremely well-chilled metallic tray having the appearance of a pizza pan. As a substitute for this step, you can also chill the liquid with dry ice, or run a coolant underneath your mixing bowl, so the temperature stays below zero.

Once your base liquid freezes, it can be maneuvered around with small sanitary paddles in the same way that bread can be kneaded, and then it is distributed evenly all across your large circular tray. Once the layer of ice cream has completely covered the circular tray, a spatula can be pushed across it, and strips can be rolled up into cylindrical-looking rolls.

A serving of rolled ice cream being prepared on a chilled surface.

Making rolled ice cream involves placing the desired serving onto a chilled surface until it is super-cooled, then scraping the resulting sheet into cylindrical rolls.

The Appeal of Thai Rolled Ice Cream

If you walk into any of the restaurants which already feature rolled ice cream on the menu, it’s likely that you’ll have to wait in a line to be served, because of the current demand for the product. It’s also pretty likely that several of those patrons in front of you will want to take photos for uploading to Instagram, Facebook, and other social media, so they can alert their friends to the novel experience they’re having.

You’ll likely have several possible rolled ice cream dishes to choose from, but then you’ll also be able to add any number of toppings which are made available by the store you’re in. The novelty of the experience is not really in the taste of the ice cream itself, because after all, there are only so many things you can do with ice cream to make it appealing.

The real appeal of this tasty little dish is in its novelty, and the fact that it is literally as new as last year, and it’s an experience that has yet to be enjoyed by many of your friends, family, and other acquaintances.

There’s really no major investment necessary for a shop or restaurant which intends to sell Thai rolled ice cream, other than having the time and effort to train staff members in its preparation. Much of the appeal of Thai rolled ice cream is in its appearance, which is much daintier than a large scoop of ice cream looking a great deal like a big semicircular lump. For those who like to think they have discerning tastes, rolled ice cream does have the appearance of being a somewhat daintier dish than you might expect from a traditional sundae or from an ice cream cone.

At some point, Thai rolled ice cream will probably be replaced by the next hottest thing in the food industry, and then it will be hard to find a place which offers it on the menu. But for now, it remains one of the hottest trends in the food industry, and to personally enjoy the experience, you’re probably going to have to wait your turn in a line somewhere, in your own section of the country.

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