Thai-inspired rolled ice cream comes to Short North – The Lantern

Each cup consists of five ice cream rolls and toppings desired by the customer. Customers are free to add any toppings they want to this Thai-inspired rolled ice cream. Credit: Tia Williams | lantern reporter

A new ice cream shop just entered town.

Short North Grocery Story, Oats & Barley, bought Simply Rolled ice cream, a pop-up that serves Thai-inspired rolled ice cream.

Steve Agnes, participant, said:Owner of Oats & Barley. “People kept asking when we would come back.”

Simply Rolled ice cream snails are made by pouring cream — flavored with vanilla or green tea — onto a flat, frosted metal surface.

Next, they use two spoons to make the liquid as it solidifies into a flat, pizza-like shape. Then they use the spoons to roll the ice cream into five rolls before placing them vertically in a cup and adding the desired toppings. All this is done in front of the client.

Zach Noor, an employee at Oats & Barley and a third year in marketing, said that while it tastes as good as other ice cream, people come for the show.

“I think people love him more than anything because of the experience,” Noor said. “There is nothing else like it.”

Agnes said Simply Rolled was originally founded by Zack Sanders and his wife, who visited Thailand on their honeymoon.

“They saw the ice cream being made there and did all the research on how to make it, and then we bought it,” he said. “He’s still an investor. He’s basically doing product development for us.”

Simply Rolled Ice Cream is currently open from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, inside the Oats & Barley’s Café section. However, Agganis said he hopes to serve up ice cream every day later this spring.

“We’ll actually be building from the corner of Oats & Barley and dedicating that to Simply Rolled,” Agganis said. “Our goal with just going on weekends to start with was to make sure we had enough people trained, and so we could play with the slate.”

The two most popular flavors, Agganis said, are Buckeye Madness—which has peanut butter cups, peanut butter sauce and hot fudge—and Matcha Berry—which consists of green tea ice cream with blueberries, strawberries, and sweet condensed milk.

“It’s really cool. It’s a little more creamy than other types of ice cream, and because of the way it’s made, you can choose which toppings to mix in,” Agnes said. “You can really create any combination of flavors.”

Simply Rolled is currently located at 970 N. High St and each cup of ice cream costs $7.

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