10Below Ice Cream

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Summer’s in full effect, it’s hot as hell, and the best cure is ice cream. Fact. I have a couple personal favorites, but always up for trying the newest thing on the scene. So when 10Below opened up in Chinatown last week, I had to be one of the first to check it out. 

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It was especially hot out, and there was a healthy line. Since everything is made to order, and each order is pretty involved, it takes a bit longer than your average scoop spot. They’re the first to bring Thai-inspired ice cream rolls to NYC, using an advanced cold plate that reaches temperatures well below -10°F (hence, the name). Luckily, they had an angel, in the form of a young water-pourer, to hydrate the people in line.

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I finally made it downstairs into the shop, hip-hop music bumping and the guys behind the counter enthusiastically singing along to every song, making it a fun environment. Many of the menu items are also named with hip-hop references and influences. Because, you gotta have a good beat when you’re mashing up all those ingredients, and smoothing them out, to roll up into, well, ice-cream-roll-ups? 

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I ordered the Peanut Butter and Jealous (Peanut Butter, Fig Jelly, Captain Crunch, and Condensed Milk), and added Bananas as a topping. This was a real delight. The ice cream itself looks cool, but, it also tastes great too. It’s rich and creamy, no ice chip appearances here. Flavor wise, it had a nice, light, hint of all of the flavors. I got the peanut butter more than the fig jelly, which, I would have loved, but, it was still really delicious, and the cereal and condensed milk added a great touch. 

The Shorts:
Name: 10Below Ice Cream
Location: 10 Mott Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes. A couple of the other flavors really stood out to me, so, I gotta try them out. Next time, hopefully without the long line. 
Would I recommend it? Go get your (ice cream) roll on, it’s worth it. 

Marshmallow Crispy Treats

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I recently incorporated this really easy recipe on the Squish Marshmallows site, and wanted to add it here too. You only need three ingredients, all of which you can use for other things, and it hardly takes any time at all, so, everyone wins. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 5 cups of crispy rice cereal
  • 4 cups of Squish Marshmallows (or around 20 marshmallows), here I used Peanut Butter Jelly Time
  • 1/4 cup butter

This will make around 12-15 squares. But, the recipe can also be split in half to 2.5 cups of cereal, 10 marshmallows, 2 tbs of butter. 

Have a 13×9″ baking pan ready (if you’re cutting this recipe in half, you can use a smaller baking pan, or, only fill up the 13×9″ pan half way. The ingredients will stick together and can be easily formed!)

In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter at a low heat setting. Once the butter is melted, add in the Squish Marshmallows of your choice. Stir the mixture until everything is melted together, about 2 minutes. 

Once everything is melted together, remove the sauce pan from the heat. Pour in the cereal and stir until everything is combined.

Pour out the mixture into the baking pan, and with a greased spatula, press the mixture to form a rectangular shape in the pan. 

Let cool and cut into sizes and shapes of your choice! Yum!