Cool new place in Ocean Springs hits the spot with rolled ice cream

Everett Fenton of Gulfport enjoys a Sponge Bob Square Pants-inspired ice cream bar.
Everett Fenton of Gulfport enjoys a Sponge Bob Square Pants-inspired ice cream bar. Special to the Sun Herald

If you want to take your family to a cool place this hot summer, try Fahrenheit Café in Ocean Springs.

It’s an ice cream shop, but with a twist: it serves rolled ice cream.

The process starts with a liquid ice cream base, like a custard. It’s poured onto a round surface that is -5 degrees Fahrenheit (thus the name).

The concoction is then worked with a pair of ice cream spatulas, smoothing it out, then bringing it back together, until it starts to solidify.

When it is just right, a spatula pushed across the surface produces a roll of ice cream, like a small log.

You might be surprised to know the idea came from Thailand (officially called Thai Rolled Ice Cream). Street vendors came up with the idea and it began to spread across Southeast Asia and then to the United States. It’s now popular from New York to Los Angeles and still spreading.

What you get is a cup with five rolls of ice cream and your choice of toppings ($5.50 for 2 flavors and one topping or 1 flavor and two toppings, 50 cents per extra topping).

There are more than 20 toppings from which to choose, including blueberry, brownie, graham cracker, lychee, toffee and many others.

The toppings include Popping Boba Flavors (as in bubble tea), such as passion fruit and cherry, Jelly Flavors that include coffee and coconut, and one last category, Cereal Flavors, with favorites, inlcuding Coco Puffs and Captain Crunch.

So many ice cream flavors and toppings can produce some spectacular combinations, and the ice cream is made fresh, right before your eyes.

If you are in the mood for something a bit more traditional, there is a cold box full of Good Humor ice cream products ($1.19 to $6.19), and other favorites, including Klondike, Mrs. Fields ice cream sandwiches and even Oreo ice cream.

Fahrenheit Cafe

1408 Bienville Blvd Unit E, Ocean Springs

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 12-10 p.m. Sunday