In the mood for a sweet treat? Check out Zala’s rolled ice cream.
Zala’s is a rolled ice cream shop located at 42 S. Eighth St. that first opened June 18, as was chronicled in Lebanon Daily News (paywall).
The shop is at a prime location and impossible to miss with its colorful entrance. If the parking in front is full, the location is right by Lebanon’s 2 Hour Free Parking lot.
As soon as you enter the shop, you’ll see the workstation including ice pans and the register. While you wait to order, you can check out the other sweet treats being hand-made in front of you.
So what is rolled ice cream? It is a dessert made from a milk base and a variety of other potential ingredients using an ice pan cooled to around -20 degrees. It only became popular in the United States a few years ago, so many Americans not living in urban areas haven’t tried (or even heard of) it.
Rolled ice cream incorporates various flavors and consistencies into the ice cream itself, rather than simply using these as toppings. At Zala’s, original recipes for ice cream like Nutella, Cheesecake, S’Mores, and Cookie Monster crush up topping ingredients to add to the ice cream mix.
According to owner Lee Kilgore, Zala’s has around 90 flavors in total, and plans to rotate flavors every three to four months.
After the ice cream is rolled, decorative (and tasty) toppings are added before the dessert is placed in the freezer for a few minutes.
While the rolled ice cream is appealing at $4.50 per cup, Zala’s also offers frappes for $5.00 or $8.00 depending on size.
It also offers creamy limbers, a frozen Puerto Rican dessert, from $1.00 to $1.50.
During our visit to Zala’s, we ordered a Cookie Monster ice cream and an Oreo frappe. And yes, they tasted as amazing as they looked.
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