The Best Rolled Ice Cream in the DMV
By Camille Devincenti
The latest trend in desserts is rolled ice cream, which originates from Thailand. Rolled ice cream is made from a liquid, milky ice cream base frozen on an ice grill and mixed with fruit or other crushed toppings. A common myth about rolled ice cream is that it is fried or heated up, but it is actually made on an ice-cold metal circle that looks like a crepe maker. And yes, it tastes just like normal ice cream. The drawback is that it tends to be more expensive than a typical ice cream cone. There are a variety of flavors, from Oreo to Green Tea Matcha to simple chocolate and vanilla. After the ice cream is frozen, smoothed out, and rolled up with a spatula on the pan, it is loaded with toppings. Some places we tried, like Class 520, offer unlimited toppings while other places, like Icy Code, have preset toppings based on the flavor you order. Rolled ice cream is becoming more popular on social media because of its uniqueness and mouth-watering appearance. As a rolled ice cream connoisseur myself, I compiled a list of the best places to get rolled ice cream in the DMV:
1. Class 520 - $7.70 a Cup - Bethesda, MD - Rockville, MD - Open 12 - 10 PM, Monday-Sunday
Class 520's first location opened on Dawson Avenue in Rockville in October and they recently opened a new store on Elm Street in Bethesda. As the manager explained to me, "520" is a way to say "I Love You" in Chinese. While they usually have a long line of customers, the ice cream is definitely worth the wait. Class 520 is unique because not only do they offer rolled ice cream, but also classic milk tea, fruit tea, green milk tea, and special drinks served in a light bulb. The store is family-friendly, with brightly colored walls and a big menu display written in neon chalk. They have a big mural with their logo that makes the perfect background for a foodie picture. Class 520 earns the number one rolled ice cream spot because of the delicious flavors, unlimited toppings, and drink options.
2. Icy Code - $8.80 a Cup - Dupont Circle, D.C. - Open Sunday-Thursday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM, Friday-Saturday 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Icy Code was the first and still the only rolled ice cream shop in D.C. and is a short, five-minute walk from the DuPont Circle metro station. While the store is more simplified than Class 520, they have a few tables to sit and eat at and you still get a delicious and well-made ice cream. It is usually not as crowded as Class 520 unless you go later in the evening when it is packed with young people, couples and families around Dupont. At Icy Code, if you order a flavor with chocolate or caramel sauce, they will write your name in cursive with the sauce on top of the smoothed out ice cream freezing up on the pan. The drawbacks that earn IcyCode a second place spot on this list are that the rolls are pricier than Class 520 for the same size and toppings are not unlimited. However, they decorate the rolled ice cream so well that you don't even need to pick your own toppings.