On A Roll: Sno Dash Ice Cream

By Michelle Matthews
Alabama Media Group, Birmingham

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) At “Sno Dash”, liquid ice cream base is poured onto a below-freezing surface where, in a mesmerizing process, mix-ins are added and blended with the thin layer of ice cream that is then neatly rolled and placed upright in a cup.

Alabama Media Group, Birmingham

Lan Nguyen, a single mom, decided to start her own business so she could not only provide for her toddler but also spend more time with him than she would working for someone else.

She envisioned a place where she would bring him after school every afternoon.

The hard-working entrepreneur and fashionista already owned a Plato’s Closet franchise in Dothan but, after doing some research, she decided an ice cream shop would be more fun for her son.

Last June, she opened Sno Dash Frozen Treats, specializing in rolled ice cream, in Dothan.

Named for her two-year-old son, Dash, Sno Dash was an instant success that grew exponentially every day. For the first two months, she says, there was often an hour-and-a-half wait for a cup of rolled ice cream.

“The crazy part is, people were willing to wait,” she says.

The response to Sno Dash was so overwhelming, in fact, that Lan decided to bring the concept to her hometown of Mobile.

She opened Mobile’s first rolled ice cream shop on Hillcrest Road on Sept. 28, and now plans to open a Sno Dash in Daphne on Jan. 15 and one in downtown Mobile in the spring.

“It’s pretty to look at, delicious to eat and fun to watch,” she says of rolled ice cream, which originated with street vendors in Thailand.

Lan first tried the trendy ice cream in Austin, Texas, where she earned a master’s degree in finance at the University of Texas after graduating from Huntington College in Montgomery.

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