Dining With Denise Neil

Wichitans waiting in long lines to try this new ice cream treat

A new frozen treat trend has arrived in Wichita, and customers are waiting in line for an hour or more to get a taste.

The new 8 Below Rolled Ice Cream opened on Wednesday in one of the Union Station canopies at 701 E. Douglas. It features unique treats made when ice cream is flattened on a pan that’s 8 degrees below zero then scraped into egg-roll-sized rolls that are arranged in a bowl and covered with toppings. Watching the treat being made is almost as fun as eating it. (Can’t picture it? Just watch the little video I made.)

On opening night, customers were being told that the wait for the ice cream was two hours, and the shop stayed open late to accommodate everyone. I just ran by there at about 1:30 p.m. today, and the line is still long. People are sitting on the ground waiting for their treats.

Ice cream flavors include vanilla, strawberry, coffee and green tea. Customers then can choose three toppings from a list that includes fresh fruit, coconut flakes, chocolate chips, gummy bears and marshmallows. Finally, they choose a drizzle of either condensed milk, caramel, strawberry, chocolate or whipped cream. A dish with about four rolls of ice cream, three toppings and a drizzle is $6. The menu also includes several pre-planned combinations, like the mango tango or the brownie mix. Those are also $6.

The shop’s hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information, visit the 8 Below Rolled Ice Cream Facebook page.