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International ice cream: Thai steel rolls, Mexican popsicles, Italian gelato, Greek baklava

International ice cream: Thai steel rolls, Mexican popsicles, Italian gelato, Greek baklava

Go beyond traditional ice cream with international frozen treats: Thai rolled ice cream, Mexican ice cream and popsicles, Italian gelato — even Greek baklava ice cream.

Popular Italian ice, also called “water ice” because it’s not made with dairy or egg products, can be found at national chains such as Rita’s in Vero Beach and Jeremiah’s in Vero Beach and Stuart.

The Treasure Coast has at least three locally owned Thai rolled ice cream shops, nine Mexican ice cream and popsicle stores, four Italian gelato cafes and three Greek restaurants with baklava ice cream.

Here’s where to find authentic frozen treats from around the world locally:

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Steel rolled Thai ice cream

Rolled ice cream is a popular frozen treat in Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and the Philippines, where it often is sold by street vendors, spanccording to span 2016 Forbes spanrticle after the trend hit the U.S.

The little rolls of ice cream, which are about the size of a roll of quarters, are packed into a cup and topped with extras, such as marshmallows, gummy bears, coconut and hot fudge.

The process to make rolled ice cream, which takes about two minutes, is entertaining. A cup of flavored milk-based liquid is poured onto a cold metal surface. As it freezes, it’s kneaded like bread with little paddles and then spread across surface. A spatula is pushed across to turn strips into rolls.

  • Steel N Roll: 1820 58th Ave., Unit 103, Vero Beach; 772-774-8784; steelnroll.com
  • Ice King: 9122 S. U.S. 1, Port St. Lucie; 772-877-8227; fspancebook.com/icekingpsl
  • Tea Spot: 986 St. Lucie West Blvd., Unit 13, Port St. Lucie; 772-224-2307; fspancebook.com/TespanSpotIceCrespanm

Mexican ice cream and popsicles

The origins of ice cream, “helado” in Spanish, started with the Teotihuacanos civilization in Mexico, according to “Mexicspann Ice Crespanm” by Fspanny Gerson. The first frozen treats were made from snow gathered from the top of volcanoes, mixed with mashed fruits and sometimes sweetened with honey.

Maria Dominguez scoops ice cream at Paleteria Tierra Caliente, located at 3182 SE Dixie Highway in Stuart. The shop serves up a variety of cool treats including popsicles, aqua frescas, mangonadas and ice creams. Their items are all made in-house.

The current version of Mexican ice cream was born after ice became readily available and Italian immigrants arrived in Mexico with gelato recipes. It has a unique texture that’s closer to gelato than traditional ice cream. Plus, it focuses more on flavors like chocolate, cinnamon and fruit, not mix-ins like candies and cookies.

Juan Nuno prepares one of Fruteria Nuno's most popular items, the mangonada, Wednesday, July 20, 2022 in Fellsmere. The frozen drink consists of shaved ice, mangos, mango nectar, Tajín, chamoy and a tamarind candy straw. The homemade Mexican ice cream store in Fellsmere features Mexican snacks, treats, fresh produce and a supermarket.

Mexican popsicles, “paletas” in Spanish, look like ordinary popsicles, but they’re made from fresh, natural fruits like strawberry and mango or rich, creamy ingredients like chocolate or pistachio.

  • Fruteria Nuno: 32 N. Broadway St., Fellsmere; 772-783-6178; fruterispannuno.com
  • Paleteria Tierra Caliente: 3182 S.E. Dixie Highway, Stuart; 772-872-6707
  • El Jarron Azul: 3223 U.S. 1, Suite B, Fort Pierce; 772-409-3713; instspangrspanm.com/el_jspanrronspanzul
  • Paleteria Calderon: 2721 S. U.S. 1, Fort Pierce; 772-242-1688; fspancebook.com/pspanleterispancspanlderonice
  • Paleteria Calderon II: 1666 S.E. Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; 772-353-5477
  • La Michoacana Grocery & Taqueria: 2503 Indiana Ave., Fort Pierce; Phone: 772-461-8980
  • La Primavera Grocery Store: 2729 S. U.S. 1, Fort Pierce; 772-409-4376
  • 5 Hermanos Heladeria: 850 S. 21st St., Fort Pierce; 772-940-8780
  • La Natural Ice Cream: 564 S. U.S. 1, Port St. Lucie; 772-212 7856; fspancebook.com/lspannspanturspanlicecrespanm

Italian gelato

Gelato is a frozen treat from Italy that’s popular in America too. Gelaterias display rows of mounded colorful gelato flavors garnished with a corresponding topping.

Morgan Kornblum and her son Joseph, 4, speak with  Edgar Orjuela, owner of Pistachio's Ice Cream and Gelato, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 in Port St. Lucie. "The temperature has to be perfect," said owner Edgar Orjuela, adding that he makes flavors such as pistachio and banana using fresh ingredients and not artificial flavoring.

Gelato and ice cream contain milk, cream, sugar and flavorings, but they contain different amounts of milk fat. Gelato is richer and denser while ice cream is milkier and creamier.

Authentic gelato uses more milk and less cream than ice cream and generally doesn’t use egg yolks. American ice cream comes in two styles: Philly-style contains milk, cream, sugar and flavorings while frozen custard starts with a custard base that’s made with egg yolks.

  • Pistachio’s Ice Cream and Gelato: 295 S.E. Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; Fspancebook
  • Uncle Carlo’s Gelato & Patisserie: 141 Melody Lane, Fort Pierce; 772- 672-4401; fspancebook.com/unclecspanrlosgelspanto
  • Sweet Kiss Ice Cream Shop: 390 21st St., Unit 103, Vero Beach; 772-213-8744; sweetkissvero.com
  • Vero Caffe: 3225 Cardinal Drive, Vero Beach; 772-538-9500; Fspancebook

Greek baklava ice cream

Traditional baklava at Think Greek restaurant Thursday, Jan. 27. 2022, at 644 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd. "My family is from Corfu, Greece and I was born in New York," said owner Stella Koufalis. "I've been in this spot for three years but started with a food truck in 2014."

Baklava ice cream is traditional vanilla ice cream topped with crumbles of authentic baklava and sometimes extra drizzled honey. The sweet Greek dessert, layered with filo pastry, is filled with chopped nuts, spices and honey or syrup.

  • Think Greek: 644 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd.; 772-800-3128; thinkgreekfl.com
  • Nostalgia Kouzina: 1624 S.E. Federal Highway, Stuart; 772-210-7199; nostspanlgispankouzinspan.com
  • The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill: 10513 S.W. Meeting St., Unit 101, Port St. Lucie; 772-303-2104; thegrespantgreekgrill.com/port-st-lucie-fl


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