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Sweet: Thai rolled ice cream at Oats & Barley

The new ice cream trend that’s addictively sharable—whether with another person or via your social media feed

- Photo by Tim Johnson

Originating in Thailand, rolled ice cream first swept across Asia and is now taking over the Instagram feeds of in-the-know locals thanks to Simply Rolled Ice Cream, the first outfit to offer the frozen dessert in Columbus. Simply Rolled got its start in 2016 as a food cart, around the same time that Oats & Barley Market opened in the Short North. The two purveyors formed a fast friendship through pop-ups at the market that attracted customers from around the Midwest. In May, the Oats & Barley owners bought the business and moved it permanently to the front of the market. Simply Rolled is now open full-time, and has staffed up to serve the sometimes-lengthy line of customers in love with both the product and the process.

How does it work? The base liquid is poured onto an extremely cold metal circle and manipulated with small paddles, spread out across the surface and then pushed into rolled strips. “It’s really fun to watch,” says Shannon Sano, co-owner of both businesses along with her husband Joe and friends Georgia and Steve Agganis. ”[It’s] almost like a beautiful piece of art when it’s done.”

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