Cream N’ Roll: Rolls of Flavor


Seeing all the pictures of rolled ice cream on social media? Well, a ice cream store opened up, not too far from Chaminade, called Cream N’ Roll, where the workers make the ice cream right in front of you and hand roll it.

The rolled ice cream was trending on the mainland and social media about 2 years ago, so 24-year-old University of Hawaii graduate John Huavo saw an opportunity to bring the trend to Hawaii.

Cream N’ Roll opened around 19 months ago with the store located at 1010 University Ave. in Honolulu. The store took over the same location that the old Bubbies ice cream store was at.

“It’s one of a kind,” said junior Chaminade student Isabella Tessitore, who has gone multiple times.

How it works is you walk in, pick a base flavor, the main flavor, and then toppings. From there you can pick any of the following: Cookies N Cream, Mr. Cinnamon, Kookay Baddah, Sweet Rainbows, Banana Buddah, Going Bananas, Strawberry Shortcake, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Coffee, Ube, and Black Sesame.

All the main flavors, as listed before, include toppings that can be changed. From there, the worker mixes the liquid and puts it on a freezing pan where the liquid then transforms into a thickened cream. The worker then carefully scrapes about 5 rolls into a bowl. Lastly, there is the option of choosing a drizzle and whip cream topping to finish it off.

“The best part is the unique ice cream experience, the ingredients are made from scratch, and the great customer service,” said Huavo about the store.

Huavo explained that the business is known for its delicious ice cream but also for its customer service.

“We live by great customer service,” he said.

Huavo went on to say that customers come in for the overall experience and the service is a huge portion of that.

“Cream N’ Roll is a must when I am looking for a sweet treat. The workers are so nice and I get to create my own ice cream that not only looks good but also tastes amazing,” said junior Chaminade student Emma Tecklenburg, who is a monthly visitor.

The store is in the process of adding a non-dairy base form of ice cream so that everyone can enjoy. Along with a non-dairy option the company has recently started catering events. For the Christmas season, the store has added a mint flavor. The store is always open to suggestions as it includes a suggestion flavor box.

A cup costs around $7 and the rolled tacos cost around $8. The ice cream is designed to be not only tasty but picture perfect for Instagram,where you can hashtag @creamnroll.

If you have any questions or want to see the menu go to the store’s website.

The store is open Monday-Thursday 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.,  Friday 1 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The wait can be around 10 minutes when the line is out the door, usually late a night, but otherwise, it is typically a 5-minute wait.

Cream N’ Roll is looking to expand in main cities on Oahu, but the ultimate goal is to become a franchise, according to the co-owner Huavo.