Thai-style fried ice cream at 15 Below, now open on the Ithaca Commons

Do you enjoy the showiness of hibachi cooked right in front of you and the customizability of frozen yogurt shops? Put them together and you’ve got Thai-style “fried ice cream,” now available at 15 Below Ice Cream, a brand-new dessert shop on the west end of the Ithaca Commons.

The Sunlight, fresh vanilla ice cream with mango, kiwi, strawberry, and blueberry.

The Sunlight, fresh vanilla ice cream with mango, kiwi, strawberry, and blueberry.

Just in time to welcome the Ithaca Festival crowds on a hot weekend, 15 Below uses a super-cold metal slab to blend and quickly freeze milk and assorted flavors and mix-in ingredients.

The menu has several combinations, all starting at $5 with either vanilla ice cream or green tea ice cream and three or four toppings, and additional toppings are always available for a little more money.

It’s not that different from Coldstone Creamery, where ice cream is blended with mix-in flavors and other ingredients for each customer, but the Thai approach doesn’t stop there. As it’s frozen, the ice cream is flattened and scraped into “fried” rolls with a spatula blade, then topped with fruit, cookies, sauces, and more.

One of 15 Below's "chefs" prepares ice cream while you wait.

One of 15 Below’s “chefs” prepares ice cream while you wait.

The concept is very popular in Thailand and can also be found in U.S. cities, such as NYC. For now, the folks at 15 Below say they don’t have a vegan ice cream option, but stay tuned. They just opened, and will be expanding their menu once they settle in.

Find 15 Below Ice Cream at 107 East State Street on the Downtown Ithaca Commons, just east of Cayuga Street.

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