Snow Monster - Irvine
I know what you're thinking: the thing you see above looks like it could use a bit of...what do they call it? Manscaping?
Unintentionally phallic (and pubic) as it would seem, this dessert is actually designed for kids...that is, if you want them tweaked for hours. I'm guessing it has about all the daily allotted calories any normal adult has any business consuming--so it's probably double that for a child.
Quite simply, it's a cup of Fruity Pebbles soft serve, rimmed with a bushy halo of cotton candy, because, hey, if you're going to feed your rugrats frozen sugar milk, why not add a wreath of spun sugar threads and have them love you forever?
This ice cream obelisk is one of the many desserts that Snow Monster serves--including macaron ice-cream sandwiches, milk teas, and shaved snow--but it's easily the most excessive item they make. By the way, the ice cream doesn't need the cotton candy and the cotton candy doesn't need the ice cream. But I ordered it anyway because (with apologies to George Mallory) it's there.
Thankfully, the soft serve is not overly sweet. I'm not sure if it was because my tastebuds were dulled after finishing the cotton candy, but it was pleasantly surprising how good the ice cream was--this despite the pulverized Fruity Pebbles churned into it, which didn't add much except its bluish tint.
What I did realize eating it was that this dessert and this place is made by and for millennials--people whose metabolism haven't given up on them and who can eat a column of ice cream with cotton candy pubes without looking as silly as I did that afternoon.
4255 Campus Dr A124
Irvine, CA 92612
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