I remember when gelato popsicle sticks first started to gain popularity around three years ago. What a novelty it was; the rich smoothness of gelato but now in solid frozern form instead of the creamy scoops we were first familiar with. Nowadays there are a variety of stick gelato parlours around town, displaying their brightly coloured desserts in a variety of flavours. Before my visit to Stickhouse (boyfriend Nick's idea for dessert that day), I've never actually tasted gelato on a stick before.
Stickhouse divides their desserts into two categories, sorbet sticks and gelato. The fresh fruit based sorbets include the standard strawberry and mango but they also have a few unusual flavours as well, such as dragonfruit and durian, to cater to the local Malaysian palate. According to their website, the sorbet is lactose-free, gluten-free and suitable for vegans. Talk about healthy.
As for the milk based gelato, the options included all time favourites such as vanilla and chocolate. In the end, I went with a small banana flavoured one - you can choose your gelato based on size. The mini sticks (RM4.90) are about half the size of the standard gelato sticks (RM6.90).
You can choose to eat the creamy confectionary on its own or go with some toppings. For a little extra payment (RM1 to RM2), your chosen popsicle sticks will be dipped in either milk, white or dark chocolate sauce then coated with a garnishing of your choice. I was pleasantly surprised by how thorough the nut-coating process was. For the standard sized gelato sticks, you can choose to go with full or half toppings. Mini sticks only have a full topping option.
So how was my gelato stick experience? I'm a sucker for all things banana, so I loved the smooth gelato. I wished that there was more of it, and though I enjoyed the crunchy chocolate and nuts texture, I think it overshadowed the gelato itself. If I try it again next time, I'll probably have my gelato stick au naturel, sans toppings. Nick's chocolate hazelnut gelato was pretty good too, though I liked mine better.