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|Mini Melts: Delightful Dots of Ice Cream|
(20-Jul-2004) | Readers Say
Cryogenically frozen ice cream: the phrase is an intimidating mouthful but your mouth will never get enough of the stuff, no matter how many cups of it you gulp down! The ice cream of tomorrow is already here; say hello to Mini Melts! This American-originating ice cream takes on the unconventional shape of tiny balls that have been frozen at extreme temperatures and is available in all the wonderful ice cream flavors you can ever conjure.
Mini Melts are a delight to consume because it is less messy to eat than traditional ice cream glob; you could just tip your cup and guzzle down the loose ice cream balls like you would dramatically horse down cereal flakes from the box. Alternatively you could even (if you really wanted to display your lack for manners) literally pick up the mini spheres (quickly, before they melt) and eat them like you would pop corn. But of course nothing beats using the good ol' plastic spoon.
But really, the sensation of these tiny frozen sweet dots tantalizing and melting away on your tongue brings about so many emotions of pleasure that to say you feel happy when eating the ice cream is no where close to fully capturing the spirit that one feels when a spoonful of Mini Melts enters the mouth. The more appropriate description would be somewhere along the lines of "in ecstatic bliss!" or "on cloud nine!"
My first encounter with this uniquely-shaped type of ice cream was during my student days in the US and the year was 2001; I stumbled upon a Dippin' Dots (another brand of ice cream made in the same dotty shape) ice cream stand at an amusement park in Ohio and was immediately tempted to get a cup of what I jokingly referred to as "chocolate ice cream Styrofoam beads". Despite my mockery, the experimental purchase was one I cherished for years to come.
When I came back home to Malaysia after completing my studies in summer that year, this ice cream made of minute chilled balls was not yet made known to the country, or so I thought. That was of course until I discovered this Mini Melts stand at Sunway Pyramid mall in sometime in 2002; I practically shrieked the mall down in my excitement (and of course, I was instantly rained down by glances of disapproval from mall patrons). But dang, you have no idea what these beads of ice cream do to me; they tickle my soul!
This tubular ice cream stand was making me drool so profusely that I had no choice but to detour from my shopping path and onto my quest to reunite my taste buds with these wonderful, wonderful, wonderful tiny balls of frozen joy!
If there was no signage to indicate that these small colorful Mini Melts spherics were actually ice cream and are therefore edible, I honestly wouldn't blame you if you thought you had just come across a necklace bead bar! I mean look at them; if you observe how the balls trickle from the serving spoon and into the cup, it almost sounds and seems like you were literally scooping inedible plastic beads; such tangible behavior is so unbecoming of ice cream! The makers of Mini Melts apparently attribute this physical property to the exclusion of air inside each ice cream ball. (Ok, my attempt to explain the physics of ice cream made of tiny frozen spheres will stop right here.)
One thing's for certain, you won't see a Mini Melts ice cream person sweat, heave and puff like they're trying to pull clogged-up hair from the bathroom sink when they scoop ice cream out of the containers for their customers! (My, won't their colleagues at Baskin Robbins be envious at the simplicity of their serving job. So innovative, these Mini Melts ice cream engineers!)
What's especially nice about Mini Melts is that you could mix and match the little globular critters of flavors in any monstrous combination you desire. A little bit of pink strawberry and white vanilla, chocolate and green mint (can there be any other greater combo!), perhaps a bit of mango and fruity mix, whatever your heart yearns, have the cup filled up to the brim and refuse anything less! With a little bit of uninhibited imagination, the tapestry of flavors will dazzle and frazzle you to no end!
A cup of Mini Melts in Malaysia costs about RM4.50. But. If you get two cups, then they knock off fifty sen and let you have both cups for RM8.00. Now if that isn't a sweet deal I don't know what is.
However, the Malaysian public may have considered Mini Melts a bit on the expensive side and therefore sales may not have been up to the company's target. I am speculating this because the Mini Melts ice cream stand is no longer seen at Sunway Pyramid and has since been replaced with a crepe booth. The Mini Melts stall in Mid Valley Mega Mall Kuala Lumpur has also disappeared from the ground floor where all the food outlets are. Oh Mini Melts, oh Mini Melts, where art thou?
My sweet cryogenic frozen balls of indulgence, this article dedicated to you, with hopes that you resurface on our Malaysian shores!
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do we still have it here..... in Malaysia?
Posted by armas on 4-Jul-2012, 21:33 MYT
#30. hey! in Singapore they are selling mini melts in vending machines.. There's one outside Orchard Emerald and one between Tampines Mall and Century Square!..
#29. My my that is indeed good news! Thanks for the heads up, MAC!
#27. I had both ice cream Dip in Dots & Mini Melts and thers no question in my mind that Mini Melts beets Dip in Dots hands down. Better tasteing better flavors . I am so glad that Mini Melts came to Cananda What a go Tom Mosey!!!! keep up the good work and thanks for a great ice cream
#26. Is mini melts really in Malaysia ? How about dippin dots? where can i get those ?
#25. i luv dippin dots they r the best thing that has ever happend to the world
#24. ear Dippin Dots,
#23. well i like dippin dots. Its way better then the orginal kinda ice cream.
#22. THe first time i tried dippin dots i puked!
#20. . . ello ... i fink u shud have more pictures of *choc ices* on ere coz der mint byee x x x . .
#19. haven't tried this one yet but hey, i did finally tried on B+J (yeah, quite basi the story but still excited by it). It was cookie dough and choc chips, i believe. and it was at 3am in the morning and i bought it a 7-11. Fai, can I find another flavour than that anywhere else? I haven't been to a mall in such a long time.... *sob*
#18. YW: Yeah, the photos featured here were taken during that Macromedia demo day or whatever it was that we attended! Good times were had by all.
#15. FIREANGEL: Yes indeed that is Mr. Hyperhex in the picture.
#13. ANN: Dippin' Dots are indeed my long lost friends!
#12. Theres one peculiar trait of your entry whenever you talk or describe (usually in vivid detail) of food of any kind, and this latest entry is one of them .... you talk with passion and love for the 'edibles' like one long lost friend. Im glad there are still people who appreciate food as much as you do !!!
#11. IZA: Yeah I know. Bummer ya!
#8. horee!!... Fairy posting lagi, ice cream..mauuu dunk!! yummy!!...
#7. yum, yum.. bikin ketagih nih.. mcm yang ada kat KLCC.. y don't u guys have a try there.. best abiss!!.. Cool
#5. SIRYN: I think the amount of money you pay for a cup of Mini Melts is so worth the experience! Truly one of a kind ice cream, definitely out of this world. Dippin' Dots has been dubbed astronaut ice cream.
#4. I'm not sure if we have it here. Anyway, thank God I'm not an ice cream lover! Otherwise, I'd go broke....
#3. mahal laa! one of the reason i didnt buy it...there is a new ice cream stall in KLCC..italian ice cream "lecha lecha" but kinda xpensive but worth it man! and my other fav ice cream is Turkish ice cream. B4 this they opened a shop in carrefour subang with more than 10 flavors to choose from but now they have a very very small stall in midvalley. I think its just opposite a viking size hot dog kiosk! hehehe their choc ice cream is very very thick and pure choc! so for choc lovers, make sure u try madonna ice cream!
#2. OH NO! I should have known to go and try some the last time I saw it in Midvalley Megamall.. sadly... It's not there anymore....
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