THAILAND’S soaring temperatures offer the perfect excuse for savoring the most delicious way of cooling down. Scooped into a tub, artfully wedged on top of a cone, or piled high in a glass – whichever way you like it – ice cream is happiness in frozen form. Foregoing some of the more obvious choices – the ubiquitous Swenson’s and Dairy Queen, for example – we suggest here just a few of the places you can enjoy some creamy frozen goodness. Have we missed your favourite? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
AT a temperature of -321 degrees F (-196 degrees C), liquid nitrogen will flash freeze any food it touches. As it boils away it gives off a dense nitrogen fog that gives whoever’s using it the appearance of a Hogwarts wizard. And that’s the magic behind Nitrogenie.
Using high quality cream and eggs, and large vats of liquid nitrogen, the boffins at popular Australian brand Nitrogenie’s first branch in Thailand (at Central Embassy) create ice cream that’s wonderfully smooth and in flavours that taste just like the desserts they’re based on. Highlights include Lemon Meringue Pie (topped with meringue toasted to a finish with a blow torch); Caramelly Popcorn (a real taste of the ‘cinema’); and Triple Choc Brownie (rich
Central Embassy (4/F). 1031 Ploenchit Rd. Open daily 10am-10pm
Cold Stone Creamery
ONE of America’s leading ice-cream brands, Cold Stone Creamery specializes in everything from ice cream creations to smoothies, cakes and shakes. Founders Donald and Susan Sutherland discovered their true calling in 1988 when, "driven by a passion to serve the world’s best ice cream,” they opened the first Cold Stone Creamery in Tempe, Arizona. Now, more than 1,450 stores later, with branches all around the world, it’s fair to say people have warmed up to their cool idea.
All of Cold Stone Creamery’s branches prepare ice creams in the same way. That is, by folding ice creams and ingredients with two spades on a frozen granite stone. You can opt to enjoy ice creams either in a tub, or within one of Cold Stone’s delightfully crispy waffles.
All kinds of creative flavours are on offer, including signature highlights such as Chocolate Devotion
IMPORTED from New Zealand, a country famous for its preserved natural environment and unpolluted pastures, New Zealand Natural ice cream is made with fresh dairy cream and the best quality ingredients available. Every year without fail it wins Gold Awards from the New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers Association for flavours such as Chocolate Ecstasy,
Cookies & Cream and Strawberry Surprise – all of which have gone on to delight ice cream fans around the world.
Catering to health conscious consumers, New Zealand Natural’s ice cream is low fat. The company also offers 97% fat-free Yoghurts, 99% fat-free Sorbet, and ‘Zilch,’ a new range of low fat ice cream with no sugar added and no gluten – a slimmer’s dream come true.
New Zealand Natural currently operates three stores in Thailand (located in CentralWorld Bangkok; Market Village Hua Hin; and Central Festival Pattaya) where customers can enjoy the company’s ice creams alongside a selection of smoothies, milkshakes, coffee, tea, waffles, pastries, and more sweet treats. Its ice creams are also available to buy at leading supermarkets throughout the kingdom.
Alongside the aforementioned flavours, other tasty highlights currently available include Hokey Pokey, Berryfruit Sorbet, Mango Sorbet, Forest Berry
Frozen Yoghurt and, of course, Vanilla Classic. Mini cups start at just B99; pints (473ml) at B299 – a veritable bargain for ice cream of this quality. Also don’t miss the Banana Split Sundae – priced just B99 for one scoop, B169 for two scoops, and B229 for three scoops.
CentralWorld Bangkok Tel: 02 907 4811-2
TIRED of cheap ice cream with fake flavours and weird colours, and expensive ice cream that was overpriced and boring, serial entrepreneur Benjamin Leiner decided to bring his favourite American ice cream – Emack & Bolio’s – to Thailand. No gimmicks, not a fad, just great quality ice cream which has been winning awards since it was established in 1975.
After two years of work getting 22 flavours approved by the Thai FDA, Benjamin opened his first Emack & Bolio’s store (the brand’s first international branch) last April in Nichada Thani, and another branch soon followed at CentralWorld Bangkok (6/F). Last month, he opened his third branch at Central Plaza Ladprao.
Emack & Bolio’s offers ice cream in a wide range of tantalizing and unique flavours – Deep Purple Cow (black raspberry with white and dark choc chips), anyone? – as well as frozen yoghurts, smoothies, and signature Ice Cream Pizzas (think creamy
vanilla Sundae on a rich brownie crust topped with hot fudge sauce. B1,200). Opt to enjoy your ice cream in a tub (price ranges from B99 for a kiddie’s scoop, to B250 for three scoops) or in one of Emack & Bolio’s signature marshmallow topped cones (B70 extra).
WITH branches in Asiatique, Siam Paragon, Terminal 21, and CentralWorld, Italian-inspired Gelate is always a handy option for shopaholics looking for a tasty way to cool down. Owned by Khun Tae, who learned his trade at Carpigiani Gelato University, Bologna, Italy, and opened his first store at CentralWorld in 2004, Gelate offers a wide range of gelato made using fresh, premium ingredients. Highlights include Nutty Hazelnut, Mint Choc Chips, and Dolce Caramello. Prices for tubs range from B55 for one scoop, to B200
Creamery Boutique Ice Creams
CREAMERY Boutique Ice Creams (U-Center, behind Chulalongkorn University) is the pet project of Ian Lee and Jerry Chompunuch Jomsangawong, a couple who love ice cream almost as much as they love each other. Jerry, a former trainee pastry chef at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, where Ian was once also part of the management team, uses her rich experience to create small batches of premium quality
U Center Chula Soi 42, Pathumwan, Silom
POPULAR Italian ice cream brand Stickhouse specializes in, you’ve guessed it, gelato served on a stick. Visit its branches in Bangkok (Siam Paragon; Terminal 21; Tha Maharaj Riverfront; and Em Quartier District) and you’ll find all kinds of delicious flavours waiting to be sampled, all made using simple, all-natural ingredients. Highlights include Passion Fruit, Strawberry, Mango, and Chocolate. Sticks range in price from B89-B129, and you can even upgrade – adding pure milk, white or dark chocolate from Italy (B15-B25) and a choice of toppings (also range in price B15-B25).
Siam Paragon (G/F). Tel: 02 610 7682
LAUNCHED in Bangkok 10 years ago by entrepreneur Fred Mouawad, Cream & Fudge has since gone on to expand its operations in Thailand, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. So it’s obviously doing something right. And this is evident as soon as you bite down on its premium ice cream – smooth and creamy and full of flavour. All ice cream is hand folded on a frozen marble stone with a choice of mix-ins of nuts, fruits, candies and fudge. In addition to allowing customers to create their own combinations, Cream & Fudge also has a menu of signature creations such as Mocha Fudge Temptation and Oreo Peanut Butter. Prices range from B115 for a Kid’s Sundae, to B179 for a Customary Creation (two scoops plus two toppings).
Siam Paragon (3/F South Colonnade, in front of TRUE); 6/F CentralWorld; G/F Esplanade; G/F The Mall Bangkae
FOUNDED by two dessert lovers who are passionate about ice cream and mochi, a Japanese rice cake made of mochigome (a short-grain japonica glutinous rice), Kanemochi basically fuses these two elements to create soft, round tasty bundles of ice-cold joy. Popular flavours include Thai Tea, Cookies & Cream, Choco Brownie, Vanilla, and Strawberry Sorbet. Four pieces are B98; six pieces B147; and eight pieces B195 (buy eight and you’ll also get one free). Combo sets are also available, pairing each mochi with a scoop of ice cream and one topping (B79-B138).
Siam Paragon (3/F South Colonnade, next to Coffee World)
WHO said ice cream’s just for kids? Head to Tongue Fun at Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and you can sample alcohol infused flavours such as Red Bull Vodka and Thai Beer – alongside alcohol-free creations such as Chocobana, Chocolate Brownie, Strawberry, and Lime. Adding to the, erm, Tongue Fun, the ice cream’s signature set is served in a Hot Pot, complete with liquid nitrogen fog (six scoops for B168). Prices range B25-B30 per scoop, depending on flavours. A Mini Hot Pot Set (with five mini scoops) is also available for B86.
Terminal 21 (5/F) Food Hall Pier21.Open daily 10am-10pm
Bangkok Art and Cultural Center (4/F,), 939 Rama1 Rd., Tel: 089 834 4058.
www.icedea.com. BTS National Stadium. Open daily 10am-7pm.
SPECIALISING in healthy gelato, Melt Me is the brainchild of a Thai couple who live by the motto that “happiness can melt in the mouth.” After taking a trip to Hokkaido to learn more about the chocolate and gelato making processes, they returned adamant that they would create all-natural ice creams with zero percent fat but maximum flavour – and some delicious chocolates, too. And so Melt Me was born. The couple now operates seven branches in Thailand, and offers a decent selection of sorbets (try Raspberry and Lime), chocolate infused flavours, and also a few creamy ones (think Mascarpone Cheese and Peanut Butter). B139 for two scoops, two toppings and a waffle basket.
Thonglor; CentralWorld; Siam Center; Future park Rangsit;
Central Ladprao, Central Plaza Salaya; and Mega Bangna