Rolled ice cream shops expand throughout Pittsburgh Neighborhoods
By: Brittany Maniet, Point Park News Service:
Shewn Chow and Zhu Li wanted to bring rolled ice cream to Pittsburgh.
“We found that rolled ice cream was being done in mostly big cities, and wanted to bring it to a smaller community,” Chow said.
Chow works alongside Li to run and operate the creamery 15° Fahrenheit in Mt. Lebanon. Their Thai style of rolled ice cream is made by taking a chilled pan, six ounces of cream, fruit, and candies, then putting the mixture onto the pan, chopping it up, and adding in your mixture of fruits and/or candies, then spreading it on the frozen pan, rolling it up and finishing it off with your choice of toppings.
15° Fahrenheit joins NatuRoll in Lawrenceville and Roll Up Ice Cream Dessert Bar downtown to raise the Pittsburgh area’s total of rolled ice cream shops to three.
Bonnie Lawrence of Dormont visited 15° Fahrenheit with her children.
“The staff were very friendly and patient with my 6-year-old who had a hard time making up her mind,” Lawrence said. Her daughter had S’mores and she picked Glacial Garden, a mint chocolate chip flavor. Each bowl was about $7 which, but Lawrence thought that price was justifiable for the experience and unlimited toppings.
The shop features ten flavors with an option to make your own custom creation with a specific ice cream flavor, mixture add-ins, and toppings.
15° Fahrenheit is located on 654 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, Pa. It is opened seven days a week, from noon to 10 p.m.
“It was fascinating to watch this goop become ice cream right in front of us on the big drums,” Lawrence said. “Maybe it was the fact that it was rolled or the mixing method on the frozen drums, but it was really good.”
It all comes down to seeing what works and what combinations roll the best.
“It’s all trial and error to us, we want to try out and find new flavor options and combinations to give to our customers,” Chow said.
Their top selling flavors are their original, chocolate, and coffee. The chocolate has gained a lot of popularity since its introduction. Chow looks to keep growing and expanding the menu to offer more flavor options and possible new food options.
In addition to new food items, Chow and Li are looking to add a store to the Squirrel Hill area in the next few months.
If you’re not looking to travel to the South Hills, you can find a rolled ice cream shop downtown. Located on Liberty Ave., you’ll find the Roll Up Ice Cream Dessert Bar, open Monday through Saturday 12 to 10 p.m. and on Sundays 12 to 9 p.m.
“I’ve been there a couple times already and the experience is always great,” Miranda Peel, a senior at Point Park University said. She enjoyed the ice cream and found it neat to be able to watch it all being made right in front of you.
The Roll Up Ice Cream Dessert Bar serves vanilla, almond milk and chocolate with a wide variety of toppings for $6.