Reader Cris let me know that Thai dessert shop Choppa Ice Cream opened on March 31 in Hollister Village Plaza at 7060 Hollister Avenue in Goleta next to Pickles and Swiss. Thai-style rolled ice cream, a new type of ice cream that started in Southeast Asia and is spreading in the United States. Some people call it “Thai stir-fried ice cream” because it looks like it is made on a hot grill, in the same way people cook meat and vegetables but the grill used for making the treat is actually extremely cold.
A liquid base is poured on to the freeze platter in front of you and “chefs” add your flavors, things like cookies, candy, mango, and more, into the ice cream mixture. Then, the ice cream begins to freeze. Next, the chef spreads it in a thin layer over the cold surface. After a few seconds, the chef uses a tool to scrape the ice cream off the cold surface and turn it into a roll. The rolls are then put in a cup and covered with your choice of a dozen toppings.
Price is $6.99 per serving plus tax. Choose one of 10 different flavors and 3 toppings which are switched out daily including peanuts, M&Ms, peanuts, sprinkles, chocolate chips, gummy bears, and more. Call 845-5229.