The soft serve ice cream is back this summer. These diverse and deliciously cooling cones are a far cry from the Mr Whippy that you enjoyed by the beach in 1993.
Made using a low-fat milk recipe and a unique cooling/churning machine that incorporates air into the product as it freezes, soft serve has a unique texture and a creamier taste without too many extra calories.
Here are three places to start your soft serve diet.
1. Soft Serve on a plate at Sean’s Kitchen
Far beyond anything a mobile ice cream van can concoct, Seans Kitchen have rolled out a series of creatively flavoured soft serve dishes on their dessert menu. The flavour changes every week or two, and for early February there’s a take on the classic banana and Nutella. Nutella ice cream dipped in chocolate, with a hazelnut crumb, caramelised bananas and caramel drizzle. It’s so ridiculous they serve it on a plate with the cone poking out of one end, to maximise toppings. Because of its presentation, the dish is only available dine-in.
2. Matcha Soft Serve Cone at Gyoza Gyoza
It’s a thing and it’s only $2.80 a serve. Gyoza Gyoza is a chain eatery that sells set price Japanese dishes in tapas style. It opened on Gouger Street in 2016 and is notable for the small street facing bar selling pints of Asahi and ice cream. At that same bar, you can pick up a green tea or roasted black tea flavoured soft serve to take away. Order it while eating in the restaurant and it will arrive in an convenient little ice cream cone stand.
3. A bowl of Soft Serve at Bread & Bone
Bread & Bone now offer bowls of soft serve on their dessert menu with rotating flavours. Their current offerings are vanilla with chocolate crumb and a refreshing Campari number topped with sherbet. The yoghurt-based Campari option is tart and refreshing – perfect to finish a meal on. And if you’re driving, don’t fret, the amount of alcohol is on par with a lemon lime bitters softdrink. Like Sean’s Kitchen, the dish is only available for dine in.
HONORABLE MENTION – Rosewater and Orange Blossom Soft Serves from Parwana at WOMADelaide
Each year, Afghan restaurant Parwana sets up a stall at Womadelaide dishing out curries, snacks and dumplings. They also have a prominent refreshment stall at the festival serving up their signature ice creams in soft serve form. The rosewater is dyed a bright pink hue and tastes of Turkish delight. A crumble of pistachio ads a savoury element and slight crunch.