An ice cream shop in California is selling a sweet alternative to traditional Valentine's Day roses
What’s better than a bouquet of roses? A bouquet of ice cream roses. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Cauldron Ice Cream in Santa Ana, California is shaping its homemade scoops into delicious roses, offering a sweet alternative to traditional flowers and a chance to get in on the latest food craze.
Since its 2015 opening, the shop has been whipping up small batches of inventive flavours, including Earl Grey lavender, milk & cereal, and The Cauldron — vanilla cinnamon ice cream with Oreo and Thin Mint cookies — but until recently each came as a standard scoop. 'The rose shaped ice cream was actually a happy accident,' co-founder and Vice President Desiree Le told Lonely Planet. 'While scooping ice cream one day we pressed on the handle too hard and it created an indentation that looked like a petal. So we created another petal, and another, and another until the whole ice cream scoop resembled a rose. Initially we only offered the rose shape with our Rose H2O flavour ice cream, but customers quickly caught on and now they ask for a rose shape for every flavour!'
Cauldron has already made its mark on the country’s ice cream scene — the shop is credited with introducing the the puffle cone, an eggy, bubble-covered waffle inspired by the Hong Kong street snack. Rose-shaped scoops are tucked into classic or red velvet-flavoured puffle cones, then dusted with whimsical toppings like cookie crumbles, fruity pebbles cereal, and house made caramel, among many other options.
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