Last month (April 2017), the social media, especially instagram was flooded with photos of the ‘black ice cream’, which started through a chain of posts highlighting the Goth Ice Cream made by an Ice Cream shop in Los Angeles, California called Little Damage. This was followed by a series of instagram posts by customers having the Coconut Ash ice cream made by New York City’s Morganstern’s Finest Ice Cream.
I, being a foodie, was exhilarated by the looks of this new trendy flavor and couldn’t wait to try it. So I began searching for the most convenient and inexpensive way to try the ice cream first hand and within minutes I came across this absolute gem of a place called Demi Concept.
Demi Concept is a Japanese soft serve ice cream truck located in Bangkok, Thailand which was founded back in 2015. As a matter of fact, they too serve a Soft Serve version of the black ice cream known as the Vanilla Charcoal ice cream. Since Bangkok is much closer to my home country of Bangladesh, I decided to give it a go. After a two & a half hour flight to Bangkok early in the morning, followed by a power nap I went straight to Platinum Fashion Mall, where Demi Concept sells their version of the Gothic looking treat.
The only flavor choices at Demi Concept were between Vanilla Charcoal, Mango and a mixture of the two. The prices of the black ice creams are remarkably low compared to their counterparts in different parts of the world. The prices range from 95 Baht to 115 Bath which is less than US $4.
Although I tried the Vanilla Charcoal Ice Cream, the most popular flavor among the customers (based on my observation) is definitely the Vanilla Charcoal + Mango MIX.
The Charcoal Vanilla Ice Cream tasted exactly like any other Vanilla Soft Ice Cream. The taste was good but wasn’t exceptional. However, the social media value of a Black Ice Cream Photo/ Review has been skyrocketing since last month, moreover, as a new kind of ice cream experience in a low price, I would strongly recommend Demi Concept.
Although Demi Concept will not want to disclose the method they prepare the Ice Cream, I pretty much have the general idea behind it. The Vanilla Charcoal Ice Cream is made in the exact same method which you would use, to make a standard vanilla ice cream (Milk, Cream, Eggs, Vanilla Extract etc), but the secret behind the color is to add a little bit of activated edible charcoal made from charred coconuts.
How to Get There
Demi Concept is located right outside the Platinum Fashion Mall. This mall is located right beside Pantip Plaza, which is arguably the BEST electronics market in Bangkok.
The most convenient way to get there is by Taxi because the nearest BTS train is a good 15 minute walk away.
The good news for my muslim and vegetarian friends is that the ice cream is purely vegetarian and 100% Halal. (as you can see in the circle marked portion of the picture below)
1:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Open Everyday)
Feel free to comment about your black ice cream experiences from around the world.
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