When you think of visiting New York City’s Chinatown, dessert isn’t usually the first thing that springs to mind. After hearing about 10Below Ice Cream’s rolls, I had to make a special trip to try them. According to their website, 10Below Ice Cream is New York’s first establishment serving Thai-inspired ice cream rolls that were made popular on the streets of Thailand. These desserts are made to order right in front of you and it is incredibly hypnotizing to watch.
During peak hours and depending how cold it is outside, there is a line out the door. The hip hop music they play helps the waiting time pass a little faster. You can choose one of their flavor combinations or customize what you would like. You order, pay around $7, and they write your name on a cup so they can call you up to watch your ice cream being made.
The best part (besides eating it) is watching all of the ingredients turn into ice cream in front of your eyes. The liquid cream base turns into ice cream in under two minutes using a cold plate. The toppings are chopped in at the same time the ice cream is freezing so all of the ingredients are blended smoothly. After the ice cream artists turn your ice cream into rolls and place them carefully in the cup, they ask you what toppings you would like and you are on your way!
Take a look at the video I took below to see what I’m talking about. I was very excited for my “S’mores Galore.”