FACTS: Located in Washington Square West, Philadelphia
WHAT I ORDERED:
Off Duty: Coffee, Doughnut
If you’re looking for a novelty ice cream shop, you’ve come to the right place. Sweet Charlie’s serves hand-rolled Thai-style ice cream.
Similar to Cold Stone Creamery, all of the ingredients are chopped up and mixed together by hand. However, unlike Cold Stone Creamery, the ice cream is prepared fresh, thereby being a healthier alternative. Made on a surface that exceeds twenty below, this technique allows any/all unnecessary preservatives to be eliminated from the cream. It’s a process reminiscent of spackling that only takes minutes to create, while also providing a great arm workout.
During our visit, we ordered the coffee/doughnut combo. But, considering that we never saw any real hints of coffee to be found anywhere, I’m hoping that the doughnut was at least coffee flavored…??? That being said, our ice cream didn’t taste anything like coffee. On a positive note, the toppings were no additional cost, and it was a tasty and fun treat overall.
I highly recommend checking this place out, even to just watch the process.
QUICK TIDBIT: Beware of long lines!