Can There Be Too Many Rolled Ice Cream Shops in Honolulu? No Way!

Cream N’ Roll and Da Boba Place offer two new ways to try this Thai specialty, just in time for National Ice Cream Day on Sunday.


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Da Boba Place is one of two new rolled ice cream shops that recently opened on O‘ahu.
Photos: Lorin Eleni Gill

 

Rolled ice cream is the hottest frozen trend in Hawai‘i.

 

After Sweet Creams debuted in February, two other shops specializing in this Thai-style ice cream treat have opened, one near UH and another in ‘Aiea.

 

SEE ALSO: First Look: Sweet Creams

 

These cups—or even waffle tacos!—of rolled ice cream topped with fresh fruits, crushed cookies and colorful cereals are one way to celebrate National Ice Cream Day on Sunday.

 

Cream N’ Roll

 

The iconic Bubbies Homemade Ice Cream and Desserts will forever be missed, but hey, at least its new successor Cream N’ Roll is just as committed to the frozen treat—this time in a new, trendy rolled form.

 

Select from three base flavors: original, milk tea or matcha, and add a mixer or two. Cream N’ Roll offers a set of recommendations, including Cookies N’ Cream, Mr. Cinnamon (Cinnamon Crunch cereal and Nutella), Kooky Baddah (Cookie Butter and graham crackers), Sweet Rainbows (Fruity Pebbles and honey), Cookie Monster (cookies and caramel) and Going Bananas with Nutella. You can also opt to add black sesame, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, strawberries or ube.

 

The $7 bowl or $7.50 waffle taco comes with two toppings (there’s an array of cereal, fruit and cookies to choose from including Pocky and Kit Kats) and a drizzle of condensed milk, chocolate syrup, honey or caramel.

 

We went for a Cookies N’ Cream topped with Cocoa Krispies and the friendly staff let this mochi fan infuse the matcha base cream with strawberries and ube and top it with a double dose of mochi balls. Make sure you have an appetite, or you’ll want to share!

 

Open Sunday through Thursday from noon to 10:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon until 11:30 p.m., 1010 University Ave., Suite B4, (808) 943-1508.

 

Da Boba Place

 

These hot days, it’s easy to get stuck in a hard place. Will it be a boba tea? Or ice cream?

 

Now you can indulge in both at Da Boba Spot, ‘Aiea’s new ice cream roll and bubble tea café. The bowls of rolled frozen sweet cream are about the same size as three scoops and run for $7.50. We ordered the Thank You Very Matcha, a creamy matcha and azuki bean ice cream, and the UBe-40, a purple sweet potato and taro cookie frozen cream, both topped with mochi, whipped cream, coconut syrup and condensed milk. 

 

Got a specific craving? Design your own. Choose a base of vanilla, chocolate, matcha, ube, coconut or coffee cream, and smother it with three toppings for $8. Toppings include animal cookies, fruit, cereals, macadamia nut shortbread cookies, Pocky and boba bursts.

 

You get to personalize your tea as well, starting with green, black or oolong tea and adding either a milk or fruit flavor. And lots of boba, of course. A 16-ounce tea goes for $3.75 and a 24-ounce cup costs $4.25.

 

Crowds typically gather between 2 and 7 p.m., but there’s ample seating and convenient parking at ‘Aiea Shopping Center. Expect at least a three-minute wait, since the cream is mixed and frozen upon order. 

 

 99-115 ‘Aiea Heights Drive, Suite 222, open noon to 6 p.m. except for Mondays, (808) 888-3986, @dabobaplace on Instagram

 

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