I have been hearing about the craze of rolled ice cream for a while now. I thought, what’s the big deal? Does it taste any different rolled? I didn’t get it. But when I heard that a spot in Salem’s downtown area specialized in it, I figured, don’t knock it ’till you try it.
I went on a chilly afternoon and thought, do I really want ice cream on such a cold day? I figured if anything I’ll get hot chocolate and call it a day. Champloo Desserts is tucked on one of the side streets of downtown Salem. You can’t miss it because their logo is a really cute panda.
As soon as I walked in I noticed how cute it was decorated, very trendy. Also, their Halloween decorations are on point. Cafe lights are strung across the room and in between each light are little homemade ghost decorations. I was greeted with a smile by the employee behind the counter and he offered me a menu to look at. I was impressed by all of the choices of ice cream flavors. Instantly, I forgot how cold it felt outside and wanted to try some rolled ice cream! I chose the mint ice cream and was excited to watch the process.
The person making our ice cream poured some liquid into a metal cup, then placed a single peppermint patty on what looked like a super cold pizza pan, then poured the liquid on top of it. The peppermint patty was then chopped up into a million tiny pieces, while the liquid was pushed around and finely chopped. The liquid with the smashed peppermint patty pieces was then smoothed into a thin layer across the surface. The employee smoothed that thin layer over several times then looked like he was pressing a pedal with his foot and then started rolling the ice cream with a metal utensil. Once it was all rolled up, he put it in a cup and added whipped cream, hot fudge, and pecans. The process was really fascinating to watch.
The taste of the ice cream was pretty good too. I liked that the ice cream tasted minty without me having to chew and crunch on toppings within the ice cream. So if you are a consistency person, this may be your ideal ice cream. It was not as gooey as normal ice cream but still tasted like what ice cream should taste like, even though it was rolled up.
Overall it was a pretty cool experience. The price of the ice cream wasn’t bad either, I was able to buy the ice cream plus a hot chocolate for $8.85. The hot chocolate was delicious and came with a toasted marshmallow on a stick in it.
Overall it was such a fun experience and I will add it to the list of where I bring out of town friends and family.
Also, whoever is running their social media is doing a fantastic job. Their Facebook page is fun, lively, and colorful. The marketing of the dessert shop is great because how they portray themselves on social media is exactly how the shop translates in IRL (in real life).
If you want to check it out, here are the deets:
When: 7 days a week, 12:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Business Description: Champloo Desserts specializes in handcrafted rolled ice cream, boba (bubble teas), fusion teas, coffee and other desserts. We have Sugar Free, Lactose free and Vegan options. We’re located in the heart of downtown Salem, VA – right behind Roanoke County DSS. Come and Just Desserts!