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8degrees Fahrenheit: delicious is how they roll

For some reason “Thai Ice Cream Rolls” is a thing that has been popping up in my social media…probably because our house watches so many cooking shows and youtube clips. 

In a confluence of awesome, campus has recently opened a new ice cream shop: 8° Fahrenheit, in the storefront that used to be Koto Ramen. Serving both this new dessert trend and crepes means the shop has both a griddle and an anti-griddle, and part of the fun is watching the staff make your order on these cool kitchen gadgets. 

We were so entertained by the process, we didn’t think to take pictures of the ice cream being made, so here’s a gratuitous shot of a buffalo-chicken crepe in process. There are several crepe options in both sweet and savory, and a friend enjoyed her nutella crepe. 

Another unique thing about the ice cream is that all of the options have multiple flavors and mix-ins, but the combinations seem to be pre-set. You do get to choose two garnishes, though. David got chocolate ice cream with Oreo and brownie bits garnished with mochi and Pocky (above) and I opted for Thai tea and lychee ice cream with graham cracker bits, drizzled with condensed milk and coconut flakes (below — the color scheme didn’t photo well, but it was delicious).

The servings are large, and cost around $6 each, but we definitely could have shared one (if we could agree on the customizations). The texture is a lot like the “snow bing” at Snow Meets Coffee, but more dense because of the rolling, then it splinters in your mouth as you chew. You also get some grainy effect because of the coarse cookie mix-ins. It’s very cold, not too sweet, and they have quite a few interesting garnishes to choose from. 

We both missed out, because if you choose “Marshmallow” garnish, they skewer a giant one on a wooden stick, then use a mini-propane torch to toast it. Here I was expecting fluff or drizzle, so I lost my chance to have a handmade s’more. Guess I will just have to go back! 

I received no compensation for this endorsement, I am just an ice cream enthusiast who wishes we could get a regular damn scoopshop in this town. Until I find creamy, delicious butterfat that was made nearby from cows in a flavor from my childhood like Black Raspberry or Cinnamon or Dark Chocolate…I will seek out and taste every available local option. 8° is a fun novelty that tastes good and I will probably go to again. When campus is empty. 

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