Ice Cream is just one of those foods that have the ability to bring both joy and comfort. To heal broken hearts and make smiles widen. It's loved fairly universally but also highly debated about how it's best prepared and served. Since variety is the spice of life, I was particularly thrilled to see Sub Zero Rolled Ice Cream and Bubble Tea open to provide a new layer to the local ice cream scene - and it's about time we rolled in to learn more!
One of the things I have enjoyed about the Taste of [Downtown] St. Thomas journey is learning about the people behind the business! Our community is full of people beginning new journeys! Craig and Heather started theirs officially in late 2020 with renovations on their new space in Downtown St. Thomas and menu experimentation as they readied to go all in and change careers from Heavy Equipment Operations and Nursing to being Small Business Owners!
I asked, "why ice cream"? The answer was a simple one - ice cream makes people happy. And they aren't wrong. The joy is tangible and has global reach and influence. Rolled ice cream or Stirfried Ice Cream is quite a young food offering. Originating as street food in Thailand in the late aughts, it's gained global popularity in recent years through the magic of social media and videos of the rolling process online.
Despite launching an Ice Cream business at the height of the Canadian Winter, they quickly connected with their customer base because families were looking for opportunities to treat themselves to new experiences and support local businesses during the "unprecedented times."
The business is family operated, and family was top of mind when creating the business model. Craig indicated that as a family of five themselves, they are cognisant of providing a high-value product at an affordable price so families can treat themselves more often to a fun outing. Family is also a part of how Sub Zero looks to give back to the community. Over the months in operation, they have partnered with other local businesses and their customers on fundraisers to give back to families in need. You can support these efforts through your purchases and tips left.
If you go, Sub Zero is open daily from 10 am-9 pm at 930 Talbot Street in Downtown St. Thomas. But you might see their Ice Cream Truck around the community or hire it for a special event! Fan favourite orders include cheesecake rolled ice cream or milkshakes and classics like Oreo, Cookie Dough, and Birthday Cake. But the hidden gem of the menu is the Bushel or Two apple pie rolled ice cream.
I was able to try the new chocolate base, paired in the Hazlenut Been for You and the vanilla base with the When Life Gives you Lemons. Two new flavours for me, but both delicious. Each order is hand-made when you order, so you may wait a bit longer than for a traditional scooped serving. But incorporating real bits of chocolate bars, cookies, or cake to order makes the experience something new and well worth the wait.
Traditionally I am a chocolate lover without compromise, but I was happily surprised by the shortbread lemon bar flavour that was unmistakeably refreshing on a hot, humid day.
I also agree that the fan favourite cheesecake is a must-try, particularly as a strawberry cheesecake milkshake.