I am a girl that loves a dessert. I like sweet treats, fruity flavours, I am a huge chocolate fan (what girl isn’t?!) and will always be the one asking to see the dessert menu when out to dinner (there’s always room). So you can imagine my excitement when Thom told me I was to go along and meet the boys at Pan-N-Ice, a new ice cream and froyo rolls vendor in Cabot Circus.
As I approached the pink and blue vendor van I was met with the sounds of chatting, laughter and banter – a welcome noise amongst the hustle and bustle of a busy shopping mall. I was greeted with big smiles as if I were an old friend, as Rob and Henry introduced themselves.
Rob and Henry have been good pals for years! In fact, their story begins after a drunken night out in Thailand. Grabbing the boys’ attention was a queue of hungry partygoers surrounding an ice cream stall. Selling more than that, the boys noticed frozen yoghurt being prepared. It seemed to be very popular! Upon trying some themselves, they realised there was nothing quite like it back in the UK. Bringing it back home, this is where their adventure begins. Their first location? Bristol! The boys explained that Bristol was the perfect spot to set camp. Why? It’s mixture of culture, diversity and quirkiness.
The process of making the ice cream and froyo rolls involves a cold plate which reaches a temperature of -30°. The mixture of either milk or yoghurt is then poured onto the cold plate and can be mixed with a variety of ingredients of choice. There is no shortage of ingredients and combinations to choose from. Classics such as Oreos, Reese’s peanut butter cups alongside marshmallows, gummi bears, fresh fruit and delights such as Nutella can all be included in the mix. Flavours such as ‘Cheeky monkey’ and ‘You know you want it’
There is no shortage of ingredients and combinations to choose from. Classics such as Oreos, Reese’s peanut butter cups alongside marshmallows, gummi bears, fresh fruit and delights such as Nutella can all be included in the mix. Flavours such as ‘Cheeky monkey’ and ‘You know you want it’ are currently the most popular. Eaton mess was the flavour I went for! My verdict? Pretty darn delicious. I was surprised by how flavoursome the ice cream was without being too rich. Next up was the Cheeky monkey flavour. Totally scrumptious! I could have quite happily made my way through all of the flavours! Imagine my delight when the boys told me during the summer months they often add alcohol to the concoctions – yes, please! The possibilities are endless.
The boys were kind enough to allow me an attempt at making my own frozen ice cream combination, so I donned my apron and grabbed my spatulas. I’ve got to admit the boys make it look easy! You have to be quick on the cold plate making sure you chop up the ingredients and mix everything together well before it freezes and solidifies. I did manage to make a few rolls so I was pleased. However, I don’t think the boys will be offering me a job anytime soon.
Rob and Henry are good fun with great energy. Every customer who approached the van regardless of whether they were buying or just looking was greeted warmly and made to feel special. Rob and Henry seemed genuinely interested in everybody who came over to see what the van was all about. A very personable experience, I laughed from start to finish! Customers walked away with smiles on their faces and you can see why. It was very refreshing and brought a great atmosphere to Cabot Circus.