Three styles that are about to get hot.
Rolled Ice Cream
What it is: A Thai-style street snack—you watch your ice cream get mixed with toppings, spread across chilled slabs, scraped, and rolled.
Where to find it: Class 520 (5 Dawson Ave., Rockville, 301-637-9791; 4941 Elm St., Bethesda, 240-800-4902).
Flavor to try: S’mores.
Good or gimmicky? It looks better than it tastes.
What it is: A creamy version of shaved ice, made to order and topped with fruits, boba (tapioca), syrups, and more.
Where to find it: SnoCream Company, in the Block, an Annandale food hall (4221 John Marr Dr.; 202-656-6144).
Flavor to try: Strawberry or milk tea, loaded with lychees, strawberry boba, Cap’n Crunch, and condensed milk.
Good or gimmicky? A trip to the Block isn’t complete without it.
Nitrogen Ice Cream
What it is: Ingredients are poured into a mixer and blasted with liquid nitrogen, a freezing agent.
Where to find it: Nicecream (726 King St., Alexandria, 703-566-4116; 2831 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, 703-908-0225).
Flavor to try: Coconut/chocolate chunk.
Good or gimmicky? Cream from grass-fed cows leads to an ultra-rich texture, but flavors run sweet.
This article appears in the August 2017 issue of Washingtonian.