You are scrolling through Instagram when your thumb stops on a photo.
“Charcoal ice cream?!”
You NEED to know more.
4 things to know about charcoal ice cream:
1. Is there really charcoal in it?
Pioneering Toronto shop Ihalo Krunch buys real charcoal in powder form at a “special health food store in the city” and infuses it into simple soft serve ice cream. On its own, active charcoal tastes chalky. However, when mixed with another flavour such as coconut or vanilla, the chalky taste becomes muted, and makes for a smooth tasting experience.
2. Could ice cream now be magically healthy?
Active charcoal is said to provide many health benefits such as teeth whitening, gas relief, and detoxification. While it’s not scientifically proven that eating charcoal ice cream produces the same effects, it is proven to turn your teeth and tongue black!
3. Where to get your charcoal fix.
On June 17th, Toronto got its first taste of charcoal when Ihalo Krunch opened across from Trinity Bellwoods Park at 915 Queen Street West, and instantly Toronto’s hottest new food trend started. Lineups for their black on black (charcoal ice cream served in their house made charcoal waffle cone $6.50) have been steady since.
Others businesses have quickly jumped on the trend adding their own touch:
Wooffles & Cream serves charcoal ice cream with sprinkles and an egg waffle skewer
4. Is it worth the hype?
Many complain about the obnoxious lines, high price point, its quick melting messy nature and underwhelming flavour:
However, others have fallen for the new taste, beautiful aesthetic, and subtle not so sweet flavour:
Is charcoal ice cream this summer’s must-try or is it a pass?