Picture this: Friday, 6:00 p.m. You’re barely leaving work, your phone doesn’t stop ringing and traffic is moving at a steady pace of 5 miles per hour. This is the exact moment when you think to yourself, “Being an adult is not all it’s cracked up to be”. You long for the days where your biggest concern was whether you’d be home in time to watch your weekly programming of T.G.I.F. During these times of nostalgia, there’s nothing quite like a good scoop of ice cream or caramel drizzled sundae to ease your cares and take you on a dreamy stroll down memory lane. Our latest obsession, Rolling with Cream, accomplished just that.
A far cry from your typical ice cream shoppe, Rolling With Cream offers its guests the chance to experience Thai Ice Cream Rolls. (*light bulb goes off* We totally get the name now!) Rolling With Cream opened its doors on December 31, 2016, as a food truck stationed at the Food Truck Park in the city of McAllen. However, because one of their ice cream machines broke down due to overheating, co-owners Mark Lewis and Andrew Gomez decided it was time to move to a brick and mortar. As winners of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Business Plan Competition, they decided to roll on up East Nolana and open shop!
But what exactly are Thai Ice Cream Rolls? Well, they are just what they sound like: little rolls of ice cream packed into a cup, then topped off with your choice of extras like condensed milk, nutella, (various sorts of) berries, chocolate syrup, graham crackers...the list goes on and on. Thai Ice Cream Rolls are made from a flavored milk-based liquid that is poured onto an extremely cold metal surface that typically stands at way below zero temperatures. As the liquid begins to freeze, the staff “kneads” it and spreads it across the metal plate where segments are then pushed across the plate by a spatula. This pushing effect causes the frozen strips to turn into rolls.
Anyway, enough with the technicalities, it's time to get “rolling with [our] homies”. As you walk into Rolling With Cream, you're greeted by a friendly staff and a fantastic neon that would make Tom and Donna extremely proud. The neon words “Treat Yo’self” are illuminated across the wall as they make you forget about this week’s dietary restrictions. Chocolate fudge too fattening? Fuhgedduhaboudit! Treat Yo’self! (Shout out to all the Parks and Rec fans out there!)
There are 13 menu staples that can be ordered in a cup or waffle cone. Have a Choco Flaco made with a chocolate base, brownie-whipped cream, a Hershey’s kiss and drenched with chocolate syrup. Feeling that 2:00 p.m. slump? Try your hand at a Cafe Ole mixed in with a coffee base, coffee cake-whipped cream and caramel syrup.
Now, if you’re a hardcore adventure seeker, make sure to take a stab at making your own rolls. Just pick your ice cream base, two ingredients that you’d like inside it (i.e. berries, oreos, pistachios, etc.) and your toppings, which by the way, are UNLIMITED. Hello, Teddy Grahams, honey, and chocolate chips!
Trisha: Given my love for green tea, I’d usually order the Berry Green Tizzle, but that Brooklyn Mango Blast totally caught my eye. Seriously, a vanilla base with bits of mango, graham cracker, topped with chunks of strawberries and...oh, wait...scratch the Cream De Coco topping and add a drizzle of caramel, please!
Gaby: Wow, you’re NOT going for the green tea base. Are you feeling alright? Are we in an alternate universe right now?! (noted sarcasm)
If you're reading this and thinking, “What if lactose and I don't get along?” Well, don't you fret, Rolling With Cream offers a coconut milk (lactose free) based flavor that is just as delicious as its dairy sister and will keep you and your tummy happy.
Gaby: I opted for the coconut base, paired with strawberries and nutella. But before indulging into my own Thai Ice Cream Rolls, a sign by the cash register read “Conch It: Get your favorite flavor in a warm concha”. Challenge accepted!
Trisha: Umm, I’m pretty sure adding the concha defeats the whole purpose of your lactose-free treat.
Gaby: Shut it. It will be marvelous, taste marvelous and smell marvelous. And so it was! From what I could tell, the concha was cut in half, the ice cream was placed in the center and then pressed for a few seconds in a panini press.
Trisha: I’m guessing everything was to your liking, since I didn’t hear you complain while you had your “alone time” with your concha. (wink)
SIDE NOTE: Rolling With Cream also has sugar-free options available upon request.
To get your hands on an afternoon delight, make sure to visit Rolling With Cream at their new ice cream shop located at 129 W. Nolana Avenue, McAllen, TX. For more information, you can reach them at (956) 363-6118. Their hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday 2:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.; Saturday 1:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.; Monday closed. Make sure to follow them on their social media platforms @rollingwithcreamrgv and keep an eye out for their concoctions!
Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors and Watts is the communications director for Visit McAllen. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on various locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley.