Last Thursday was “Take Your Kids To Work” Day, so I thought what better way to teach my kids a little about what I do than to allow them to write their own food review!
Of course, kids are not really worried about fine dining spots or swanky restaurants and foofy menus right? If your kids are anything like mine, they love sweets! In particular, they love their ice-creams!
So I took my 3 kids to 2 local and fairly new ice-creams spots in my area and asked them a bunch of questions about their ice-cream orders and here is their “official food review.”
The first place we went to was CHERRY ON TOP in Mullica Hill, NJ. It opened a few months ago in December 2017. Its right on the main street of MH and is a cute, little place that serves up some big flavors between ice-cream and water ice! As a matter of fact, this little place has over 32+ flavors to choose from. They have a set of standard flavors and then another set of flavors that changes every few weeks, like ice-cream flavors Maple Bacon, Salted Caramel Crunch, Birthday Cake, Chocolate Birthday Cake, Rice Krispy Treats, etc.
My kids happened to be in the mood for water ice, so they ordered Blue Raspberry, Cotton Candy, and Orange Cream.
KIRAN (Blue Raspberry) told me his water ice was really sweet like candy and was pretty close to a real raspberry flavor. He loved the fun blue color and said it was even more fun to eat because it was bright colored and reminded him of summer.
LEILA (Cotton Candy) loved the smooth and creamy texture of the water ice. She said it was easy to eat and not chunky like water ice can be sometimes. She said even though she knew it was “fake cotton candy,” it tasted very close to the real thing. (She’s my real critic..bless her..lol)
SHAAN (Orange Cream) is my 5yr old critic and just said he was happy his water ice tasted like orange soda. He told me it was the most delicious flavor he’s ever had in his little life because it didn’t melt quickly. His priority was that it tasted like soda and stayed cold as long as possible. (The soda comment comes from me not allowing my kids to drink soft drinks or juices at home too much anymore because of sugar overload, so when they get anything “non-water” they are so happy! Hey – they appreciate the little things more now!)
All in all, I think we had 3 satisfied foodie kids at this place. And I do recommend you stop by here someday, because everything is made fresh and so delicious. Plus, it gives us a chance to support our local businesses who really do an amazing job serving up good eats to our community! They deserve a chance to be noticed! :O)
The second stop was at ZERO ZONE in Pitman, NJ. This place makes different flavors of Rolled Ice-Cream. If you’ve ever been to Chinatown in Philly or NYC, then this is very similar to what is available at most places. And for those of you that have never heard of “rolled ice-cream,” it is a Thai-based confection. Basically, a sweetened condensed milk and cream liquid is poured onto a very cold metal sheet along with any other type of toppings or additional flavors and then cold mixture is mixed together by hand. Once it is completely frozen, it is smoothed out quickly onto the flat surface and then a spatula is used to “roll up” into 5 little pinwheels of ice-creams. You can add more toppings and flavors on top at the end for more fun!
My kids love rolled ice-cream because it is fun to watch the employees pour and mix and roll up their final creations. Actually, I won’t lie – I love it too! (lol) Plus, you get a chance to try a lot of non-traditional Asian ice-cream flavors you won’t get in regular grocery stores.
My kids ordered Chocolicious, Key Lime Pie and Cookie Monster from the menu.
KIRAN (Chocolicious) is a choco-holic. He wants chocolate on top of chocolate on top of more chocolate, so this rolled ice-cream was perfect for him! He said he absolutely loved the super-chocolatey flavor and toppings on his treat. He especially enjoyed the millions of tiny chocolate chips mixed into his ice-cream too. The best part was having it all topped with whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles, more chocolate sauce and caramel sauce. He wants to go back and try all the other flavors! :O)
LEILA (Key Lime Pie) said her ice-cream was sour like a lime. It had a very sweet & tart flavor, similar to the candy brand. She enjoyed the graham cracker pieces mixed into the ice-cream because it helped take a bit of the tartness away, but she said she wants to try another flavor next time because it was a little to sour for her liking. If you like Key Lime Pie, you will definitely love this flavor…it is the closest thing you will come to eating an actual slice of pie!
SHAAN (Cookie Monster) is simple. He’s happy with anything that has Oreo cookie pieces in vanilla ice-cream. Not only were the cookies blended into the ice-cream while being made, but he covered it with more Oreos afterwards, making for 1 very happy little guy.
Zero Zone is definitely a fun and family-friendly place for ice-cream. They have a fun wall where kids can take a picture with “Wings.” The place recently opened this year in the main street of Pitman, so there are plenty of great restaurants to eat at for dinner beforehand! And of course, every meal isn’t complete until you’ve had dessert! Zero Zone is the place to check out for that sweet treat! :O)
Check out the Social Media pages for both ice-cream shops and hopefully you’ll get a chance to try them out yourself!