HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE!! Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa) 🙂
And that you’ve been treating yourself to gooood food this holiday season hehe.
If you’re in SoCal and want something to balance out what may have been a good but heavy meal, the Ice Bar could be an option to go to for a light dessert! Here, the popsicles are treated literally like masterpieces: the gel is carefully squeezed to make neat squiggles, while bulky toppings such as blueberries are artfully set down. Itty bitty toppings like herbs are meticulously placed with a tweezer!
Leading to the creation of the fanciest looking popsicles eva.
The Vietnamese Coffee is topped with vanilla bean gel, condensed milk, toasted hazelnut, fresh mochi, and fresh herbs. I liked that the coffee was actually slightly bitter! The hazelnut added a subtle crunch and contrasted the soft and chewy mochi.
The Korean Pear Blueberry has blueberry gel, calpico gel, jasmine powder, and fresh herbs. The pear and blueberry suited each other well. However, I could not taste the jasmine powder, nor the herbs on either of the popsicles. I feel like they were there just for decoration.
The Milk Green Tea (sorry, not pictured!) is topped with vanilla bean gel, condensed milk, red bean bits, and fresh mochi. This and the Coffee are like ice cream, but not as creamy, whereas the Pear is flavored ice.
Although the popsicles are made with natural ingredients and are not too sweet, even with the addition of the flavored gels, I don’t think they are worth ~$4. I’d rather spend the same amount for a gelato bar from Naia. This is probably because I prefer dense and creamy gelato when it comes to frozen desserts ^__^ but if you want Asian influenced popsicles, the Ice Bar is the place to go!
Whether you have ice cream or gelato, on a stick or as they are, celebrate the last day of this year with a bang and don’t forget to treat yourself.
The Ice Bar
550 S Glendora Ave
West Covina, CA 91790