I saw an article today on Vancity Buzz about a new ice cream place, Twisted Ice Cream, that just opened up in Gastown. In fact, it opened just six days ago! I was curious about their offerings and decided to pop by for dessert after my late lunch at Meat & Bread with my husband.
Hole in the Wall
It is easy to miss Twisted Ice Cream because it is literally a hole in the wall kind-of-place. The space measures one metre by one metre and has a roller door. It can best be found by looking for the overhead sign (that’s how I found it). Twisted Ice Cream is located by Water Street and Abbott across the Lamplighter Pub. After talking to the girl working there, I found out that this hole-in-the-wall was once a cigarette vendor. Furthermore, she noted that the owner of Twisted Ice Cream also owns a shop across the street.
Twisted Ice Cream
At Twisted Ice Cream, you can get twisted vanilla ice cream and drizzle in either a cone ($3.75) or cup ($3.50). Tax is included and cash only. There are 8 flavours for the drizzle: raspberry, mango, blue Hawaii coconut, strawberry, caramel, pineapple, cheesecake, and chocolate.
Toppings are $0.50 and include cookie crumbles, M & M’s, Oreo crumbles, coconut flakes and a tri-mix of sprinkles.
What We Tried
We had the ice cream with cheesecake drizzle and Oreo crumbles in a cup. Delicious and refreshing, it is hard to go wrong with Oreo crumbles toppings on ice cream.
The other one we had was the ice cream with the blue Hawaii coconut drizzle and cookie crumbles. I love how the cookie crumble texture contrasts the softness of the ice cream.
My last Gastown soft-serve experience was none other than at Soft Peaks, which was very hyped up on social media. At Twisted Ice Cream, there is no mention that they use organic, locally-sourced ingredients or anything too *fancy* if you will. Hence, their price point is lower than a place like Soft Peaks which uses higher-quality ingredients.
Twisted Ice Cream is a no-frills kind of ice cream place. I noticed that people passing by eagerly looked on at the line of customers waiting for ice cream. One great thing is that there is a canopy above Twisted Ice Cream, so you enjoy your soft-serve even if is raining. I wouldn’t recommend driving all the way across town for their ice cream as you can get similar at a fast-food restaurant. With the summer season approaching, however, Twisted Ice Cream seems to be a nice and simple food addition to Gastown. It’s the kind of place where you can get cheaper ice cream to cool off when you’re around the Gastown area. Rating: 3.5/5