On A Roll

Thursday, February 07, 2019

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For the past few weeks Instagram stories from the Second City have been blowing up with the spectacle of Stir-Fried Ice Cream (also known as Rolled Ice Cream) being made. This wave of interest in this sweetened frozen dessert caught our attention. Our interest is food and if it's happening we are naturally going to check it out.

Quick checks revealed that Rolly Polly opened its newest location last month at Whitter Village in Ironshore and we were off to the 'rolls'.

This frozen dessert originated in Southeast Asia, more popularly in Thailand, around 2009, under the name “Thai Rolled Ice Cream” or “Stir-Fried Ice Cream”. It quickly became a popular street food option with customers recording the process and uploading it. These videos became viral and other countries started to pick up on this trend. It eventually gained popularity in the United States around 2015.

The mixture is created using milk, cream, and sugars as well as other added ingredients to give more flavour. The ingredients are placed on a cold platter (ice pan) with the chosen options. They are then chopped and whipped to purée form on the ice pan and simultaneously cooled to -20 degrees. The mixture is then spread on the ice pan and then rolled. Once the rolling process is complete, the result is rolls of smooth, semi-solid ice cream or gelato. The rolls are placed in a vertical position in an ice cream cup and topped off with various toppings and decorations.

Taneisha Hinds, operations manager, Rolly Polly, explained that the process is a major part of what keeps customers coming back, as well as the quality of their products.

“The products are made fresh from scratch right before your eyes. You can watch as strawberries, Oreos, black forest cake and many other choices are added and then finally made into ice cream rolls. Our customers find it exciting and beautiful, always creating videos and posting, and when it's time to taste, they are truly surprised at just how great it is,” Hinds explained.

Customers have several options to choose from and, depending on their taste preferences alcoholic beverages are also added. Baileys, Sangster's Rum Cream, Appleton Rum and Hennessy are some of the popular choices.

Rolly Polly also offers options based on health or lifestyle preferences, such as vegan ice cream, vegan milk-shake and, most recently, açaí bowls.

Açaí na tigela or “açaí in the bowl” is a typical Brazilian dish made of frozen and mashed açaí palm fruit. It is served as a smoothie in a bowl or glass and is commonly topped with granola and banana, and then mixed with other fruits and guaraná syrup.

These options are geared towards persons who have diabetes or allergies and the vegan products are coconut-based.

“We chose the coconut as it is extremely healthy and is high in nutritional value. The açaí bowls are packed with antioxidants and the açaí options come complete with four toppings. The best incentive for our healthy options is that they are delicious and yet they are on the healthier side,” said Hinds.

Hinds went on to add that their best-selling flavour is strawberry cheesecake, and any flavour with Baileys Irish Cream added is also top among customer preferences.

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