Think you’ve found every way possible to satiate your little Cookie Monster’s sweet tooth? Think again. ICMonster debuts a new dessert trend in San Diego that arrives on the scene all the way from Asia. Go treat those tiny tastebuds to rolled ice cream that’s prepared right before your eyes. Read on for the scoop… or the roll in this case…
Rolling in All the Way from Thailand
Rolled ice cream originated on Thailand’s street food scene where the dessert is extremely popular. In addition to being creamy and flavorful, these rolled ice cream treats are also a feast for the eyes. Kids will enjoy watching their cool treat being handmade as the milk-based liquid (that comes in 14 different flavors) and toppings are poured onto an icy cold plate where they freeze, get mixed together, are spread out and flattened like a thin pancake, then meticulously curled into rolls with a sharp edge spatula, tucked beautifully into a cup and topped with fruit or Oreo cookies, graham crackers, whipped cream, chocolate sauce or an array of other options.
Little ones will really love the ‘Cookie Monster’ Oreo cookie concoction or the ‘Curious George’ that comes with Nutella and bananas. They’ll also dig the little Panda bear cookie toppers.
Photo: Mary M. via Yelp
Think Outside the Cup
Branch out from the common cup and order your rolled ice cream to be served in a donut(!) or puffy egg waffle (shown above)!
Photo: Cheryl C. via Yelp
ICMonster also serves quite a unique and rare selection of tea drinks: boba milk tea, sweet tea that’s topped with sea salt and cheese foam, matcha lattes and a mesmerizing butterfly pea tea that changes colors.
Photo: Skylar T. via Yelp
The cute cafe is colorful, vibrant and fun and kids will want to strike a pose for a pic with the friendly monsters depicted in the wall mural.
Cost: $6.25/rolled ice cream; $3.25-$4.25/Monster drinks
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 2-11 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
8945 Mira Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, Ca 92111
Have you tried rolled ice cream? Tell us how you liked it in the comments.
–– Beth Shea