I was admittedly leaning towards the belief that the ice cream shop would mostly be a gimmick to attract customers. Nonetheless, my guest and I arrived at Rolled Ice Cream on a quiet Wednesday afternoon and we were excited to look over the menu. The flavor options are fairly straightforward, ranging from pre-set combos like pumpkin pie to birthday cake–but there’s also the option to create your own mix.
The prices are dependent on size, with a large being $5.99 and a mini being $4.99. I ordered a large of their banana and Nutella mix, and eagerly watched an employee prep the ingredients. Through a glass screen, the ingredients and ice cream making process are in full view of customers.
After pouring their signature cream mix onto the chilled metal surface of the counter, the employee used two large metal spatulas to chop the Nutella and banana pieces into the solidifying liquid. Listening to the chopping percussion of the ice cream making and watching my dessert materialize in front of me made the end experience even more satisfying.
First, a cream mix is poured into a mold that allows for the desired amount of ice cream. Any added ingredients are set off to the side while the mold is removed.
The ingredients are mixed into the liquid as it solidifies. Two spatulas quickly chop up the ice cream to ensure the ice cream is thoroughly mixed.
The ice cream is continually mixed and chopped before being flattened out into a thin rectangle shape.
Finally, the ice cream is rolled slowly and carefully with the spatula.
The end product results in five rolls of ice cream for the large size, which is $5.99. Whip cream and other toppings can be added for extra sweetness.
One of my concerns with Rolled Ice Cream was that the amount of ice cream in each serving would not satisfy my sweet tooth, but this was ultimately disproven by the final product. Each large serving has five decently sized rolls of ice cream, and this was more than enough for me to be satisfied. The default topping for most orders is whip cream and another topping–in my case, it was almonds.
My guest ordered the birthday cake flavor. We were both surprised when the employee took out actual slices of a birthday cake and mixed it into the ice cream, but it made the taste all the more authentic–as well as the whip cream, cherry and sprinkle garnish.
Both my order and my guest’s were not overly sweet and they had a light, refreshing taste. If you’re craving an indulgent, super sugary treat, Rolled Ice Cream may not be the place for you; their ice cream mix is lower in sugar and fat, according to the owner.
Nonetheless, the ice cream at this small shop is uniquely light and delicious, and the presentation is impressive as well. The tables at the restaurant could be a bit sturdier and more seating in general would make the experience that much better, but this is an aspect that I expect to improve as the shop settles into its business. After seeing posts about Rolled Ice Cream on social media and finally visiting, I can say that it was worth the wait; I’ll definitely be back.