SOME OF YOU might already know my friends Adrian Luna and Eli Cisneros from 900º Woodfired Pizza in the Shops at Wiregrass mall (where Adrian still works), but in August 2017, the two opened their first of what they hope are many Snowrolls franchises, in the Pebble Creek Collection on Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. behind Kobe Japanese Steakhouse.
Snowrolls is a brightly decorated little café-style space in the plaza, where Thai-style rolled ice cream has been elevated to an art form.
You start by picking a flavor that you can customize with a variety of toppings and mix-ins, or choose one of Snowrolls’ dozen or so preselected options, like “Kookie (with Oreo cookies, whipped cream and chocolate syrup), or my favorite to date, the banana split, with bananas and strawberries, whipped cream, chocolate syrup and rainbow sprinkles.
Eli (pronounced “Eee-Lee”) or another member of his trained staff will pour your fresh cream, vegan cream or matcha (green teas) base onto the metal Snowrolls wheel. Your mix-ins, from corn flakes to cookie dough and from coconut to coffee, are added, mixed in on the ice-cold wheel, spread into a thin sheet and then strategically rolled into multiple pieces which are carefully placed into a cup and topped with your favorite toppings, including chocolate, dulce de leche and strawberry syrup and pocky (crispy chocolate “straws”), graham crackers, brownies and even real marshmallows, which are “flamed” onto your creation.
Because of that super-cold wheel, Snowrolls ice cream is much colder than most “regular” ice creams and your kids will love watching their dessert while it is being custom-made for them.
Although I wish there were a few more flavors of ice cream (like peanut butter and even chocolate), you can rest assured that Snowrolls is always decadently delicious.
Snowrolls also recently added Choco Gyro Crepes, which include shavings from the store’s unique milk and white chocolate gyro, which looks very much like Middle Eastern lamb gyros on a turning spit.
But, these gyros serve as the base for your Choco Gyro, whether you choose the Fragola (with strawberry, Oreo crumbles, whipped cream and chocolate syrup, the Fudgemallow (with brownies and marshmallows), the Calanda (with peach, vanilla Snowrolls and dulce de leche syrup) or the Banamond, with bananas, Nutella and almonds). You also can create your own Choco Gyro Crepe.
And, Snowrolls also has outstanding Italian coffee (by the cup or by the bag) and awesome coffee drinks, so moms and dads can relax and enjoy their Snowrolls with their kids.
There’s also new Acai “bowls,” which are more like smoothies in a cup than they are like an actual “bowl,” but the Acai bowls also are customizable, so be sure to ask about them.
And, with the coupon from the ad on page 38 of this issue, you can get $1 off any purchase, which also makes Snowrolls a pretty sweet deal.
Snowrolls is located at 19651 BBD Blvd., Suite D1, and is open seven days a week as follows: Sun., noon-9 p.m.; Mon.-Thur., 11 a.m.- 9 p.m., and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Fri. and Sat. For more information, call (813) 527-6556, visit Snowrolls.com or check them out on Facebook or Instagram. And please, be sure to tell Eli and the staff that you read about them in the New Tampa Neighborhood News!