None of us at GoMN had heard of rolled ice cream (aka ice cream rolls, stir-fried ice cream or ice pan ice cream) before.
But now that the Twin Cities is about to get its first rolled ice cream shop, consider our taste buds interested.
Wonders Ice Cream is hosting a grand opening at its St. Paul store on Friday, Aug. 18, from 12:30 p.m. until midnight.
They'll have 20 different flavors of rolled ice cream. Here's a look at the menu:
All of it is "handmade on the spot with all natural ingredients and no added preservatives," the store's website says.
OK, back up – what is rolled ice cream?
It's basically ice cream that gets mixed with other ingredients, flattened, then scraped into rolls for eating.
Paste Magazine explains how it's made. A liquid cream base is poured into a super-cold metal pan. Then they add flavors – fruit, candy, cookies, whatever they want really. It gets chopped and mashed and mixed together.
That mixture gets spread into a thin layer across the icy sheet. And when it solidifies, it's scraped into rolls that you then eat.
There are actually a lot of videos of this being made on YouTube. Here's one of them:
Wonders Ice Cream says it actually has a dairy-free option using soy-based cream, so it "won't hurt your belly."
The dessert has been a staple of street vendors in Thailand for awhile, but over the past few years some rolled ice cream shops in the U.S. have opened, Paste Magazine says.
People here seem intrigued – there are already more than 8,000 people on Facebook who are planning to go to the Wonders grand opening, or are interested in going.