The old-fashioned ice cream cone has become passé and innovative offerings are taking its place. Not only do they usually taste better, but they are often fun to show off and make great Instagram pics. The latest to arrive is the Bubble Waffle by the Dolly Llama.
The Bubble Waffle originated in Hong Kong has become the #1 street food there. It is made from a fresh baked Belgian waffle and rolled into a cone. A huge scoop of ice cream is stuffed into it and sauces such as nutella, peanut butter, caramel and white chocolate matcha are drizzled on top. Finally, the toppings that can be added are almost endless ranging from chocolate chips to gummy bears.
My wife was with me and she selected the Bubble Waffle and the toppings of her choosing. Both of us eyeballed the colorful Waffle Sticks and wondered whether we should have ordered one. They looked like the perfect street food to nibble on as you walk the streets of DTLA.
A bubble waffle is almost like the inverse of the waffles most of us are familiar with. Instead of square pockets, these waffles puff out circular, like a sheet of bubble wrap. After the waffle is baked, it is placed on a cooling rack and trimmed. It is then wrapped in a paper cone and paired with a scoop of ice cream.
The Bubble Waffle was chewy in nature and that was probably by design so that it could be shaped into a cone and not break apart. The taste was slightly sweet. Unbeknownst to each other, we both selected salted caramel as our choice of ice cream. My wife topped hers with oreos and cocoa puffs. This cone is large enough to share with a friend or a date.
Because I was in the mood for ice cream, I selected the OG waffle with dark chocolate sauce and topped by fresh strawberries & bananas. Other toppings are available: raspberries, blueberries, pineapple, mango, almonds, coconut, Gummy Bears, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Captain Crunch, Fruit Loops, graham crackers, regular and white chocolate chips, animal cookies, Kinder chocolate, malt balls, M&M’s, Reese’s Cups, Snickers, Sprinkles, marshmallows, brownie, pretzel balls, and popcorn.
Ice Cream is included with the Bubble Waffle and that day’s flavors were vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, Salted Caramel, Cookie Monster, Horchata, Green Tea and Coffee. Expect to see other flavors as the seasons change.
Other offerings include coffee, shakes and three varieties of hot cocoa, including hot vanilla and a “hot-chata.”
The Dolly Llama is conveniently located between Pershing Square and the Corporation Food Hall. Inside, their cute llama icon is everywhere and is well decorated and effectively lit. This makes for great Instagram pics!
The Dolly Llama, 611 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
K-Town location will open soon at 629 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005