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No, unfortunately we did not get to roll ice cream with Samuel L. Jackson's superhero character from Pixar's "The Incredibles."
This afternoon on Facebook Live, however, we did the next best thing: We rolled into Fro Zone (the ice cream shop, newly opened at 1320 E. Brady St. just this past summer) to roll some special ice cream sundaes with the help of co-owner Mike Kaid – all under the watchful eye of a Fro Zone (the superhero) wall mural.
OK, so maybe Mike made ice cream rolls, and I made more of a mess of their kitchen.
But still, we learned a lot about the hottest craze in frozen desserts, a Thai-inspired process in which you quickly freeze an ice cream mix, mash in the flavor, flatten the delicious mess into a thin plate and scrape it up into several thin ice cream rolls, crowned with tasty toppings. It's a fun and flashy play on the classic ice cream sundae that's taken the country by storm, inspiring all sorts of tantalizing tributes to the snazzy, sugary spirals via YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat and more.
Or, say, a Facebook Live!
The good news is that I will never be behind the ice grill ever again. The even better news is that, after less than half a year in its Brady Street spot, Fro Zone ice cream rolls are such a hit that it's expanded to a second store. Just this week, Kaid and company – partnering up with the East Side donut shop Donut Squad, co-owned by Kaid's brother – opened a new tandem location found in the food court at Brookfield Square. So now you've got a place to cure your cravings for ice cream rolls AND donut holes at the same time.
If you'd rather spin by the original, however, the Brady Street spot – complete with a new menu of sundae options – is open during the winter from 2 p.m. until 1 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from 2 p.m. until midnight the rest of the week.
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.