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Higüey: Enjoy roll-up ice cream at Brens

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

Picture of Brens Ice Rolls in Higuey, the Dominican Republic
Picture Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

Have you been introduced to roll-up ice cream yet? It's a visually fascinating twist on the classic dessert that originated in Thailand's street markets. Also known as Thai roll-up ice cream, this innovative ice cream dessert is made before your eyes, expertly transforming the base of liquid ice cream into thin, delicate rolls. In this article, we tell you about the newest hotspot "Brens Ice Rolls" in Higüey and why you should visit it.

You're the sprinkles to my ice cream!

The hot temperatures in the Dominican Republic call for much needed refreshment and cooling. Some reach for the local delicacy: a well-chilled Presidente beer; others opt for sweets. And those who love sweets will be able to delight their pallet during their visit to Higüey thanks to the ice rolls offered by Brens.

Located on a side street of the busy lane that connects downtown to the well-known basilica "La Altagracia," Brens is a perfect place to take a break from your day's excursion. You can sit there quietly with the family, choose between different flavors and finish your ice cream with your favorite toppings.

How it is made

This stir-fried type of ice cream, also called roll ice cream, is a sweetened frozen dessert. It is made with milk, cream and sugars, as well as other (personally) added ingredients to enhance the flavor of your choice. The liquid mixture is then stirred to incorporate air spaces on a special ice cream pan while cooling to -30°C. Afterwards, they carefully roll the cold mixture into your rolls, and done!

Picture of how they make ice rolls at Brens Ice Rolls in Higuey, the Dominican Republic
Pictures Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

Which flavors do you choose?

At Brens Ice Rolls, you can choose between several options for having your ice cream put together:

1. Choose a flavor combination of two ingredients with vanilla, dulce de leche or chocolate as the base. The price of this option varies between RD$320 and RD$350. About $6.

Some combinations are: Oreo and cherry, oatmeal and Hersheys chocolate, dark spiced rum with raisins and passion fruit.

2. Choose a flavor combination of three ingredients. Again, you choose between the base vanilla, dulce de leche or chocolate. Since you choose an additional ingredient here, you pay between D$375 and RD$415. About $7.5.

These are our favorites: Forest fruit with passion fruit, strawberry with kiwi and cherry, Nutella with almonds and oreo, and Baileys with coffee and cookies. Delicious!

Of course, you can also choose between their bestsellers, or you can put together your own ice cream! Each basic flavor is RD$265, the premium flavors like Nutella and Baileys come at RD$295. Want more than 1 flavor? Then you pay an extra depending on your chosen flavor. Afterwards, they finish your Rolls with whipped cream and toppings such as candies, sprinkles and syrup.

Picture of Brens Ice Rolls in Higuey, the Dominican Republic
Pictures Credits: Cindy Van Dyck


Want to create your own roll-up ice cream and discover this Asian delicacy? Then stop by Brens Ice Rolls soon: Av. Sajoul 20, Higüey 24000. You can eat the ice cream on the spot or take it with you for travel. And no worries if you just want a classic ice cream: they also serve paletas and desserts. Enjoy!

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