Whenever we hear the word Karak, we automatically conjure up images of cold nights spent cozily under a blanket sipping on some warming Karak tea. As delicious and snug as a mug of Karak is, it’s a very difficult tea to master. It might be too bland, too bitter, too strong – you get the idea. So during the harsh winter months, we always head to our favorite eatery for a light meal and a delicious brew of milky Karak! But as the summer is nigh – we’re in search for something cooler. And at Karak Gholam, they’ve got just the thing!
For a while now, Karak Gholam connoisseurs have enjoyed the summer version of Karak tea through a deliciously cool Iced version of the same. Just as creamy and flavorful, the once exclusively hot beverage sees the light in the summer heat as a refreshing iced drink. But what caught our attention amid all the drinks, Hamsas, Pavs and Chapatis, Karak Gholam have reintroduced their Rose Falooda drink and also introduced three new flavors of ice cream, one of which is straight up Karak. You read that right, there’s a new sheriff in town. Creamy, deliciously decadent soft serve now has a new flavor profile, and we love it! But we’ll get to the ice cream in a minute as we explore the Rose Falooda Drink a little further.
Originally an Indian dessert made with ice cream, fresh and dried fruits, basil leaves and rose petals – the Rose Falooda is a refreshing way to end any meal. But looking to their ethos, the ingenious people behind Karak Gholam decided to make it easily enjoyed on the go. It doesn’t take more than one look at their menu to notice that everything from their Chapati wraps and Pavs to their Hamsas are meant to be enjoyed as you go about your day. Not needing a second to pause to consume anything, Karak Gholam cater to the busy bee running about their day. So when they created the Rose Falooda Drink, it was only natural to make it easy to consume without the mess. Served as a fun, refreshing twist on the original dessert, the Rose Falooda Drink is ice blended with basil seeds and rose petals giving it the iconic bright pink color without losing flavor. An incredible way to cool down in this heat, if you ask us!
Still, there’s nothing quite like ice cream when it comes to keeping you refreshed and summer ready. So Karak Gholam decided to recreate their star – Karak Tea – into a heat-friendly delicious dessert, ice cream. The ice cream is soft serve as you’ve never seen it before with three flavors on offer: Karak, Vanilla and Karak Vanilla Mix.. Taking on the traditional chocolate, vanilla and Choco-vanilla mix soft-serve machines, the good people at Karak Gholam gave it their very own twist with these new flavors. Sampling the new Karak flavor will surely have you saying “Chocolate? Chocolate who?” in no time! As for the vanilla: Forget everything you know about vanilla soft serve, because Karak Gholam have taken it to a whole new level. Using real vanilla bean in the mix, the soft and silky vanilla acts as a wonderful base to any of their eight different toppings.
Taste testing all eight of their toppings to ensure that they go with each of their ice cream offerings was no chore. And the results were fantastic! You can add them on either in one-spoon portions or three-spoon portions, and trust us you’ll want to go for the three. The toppings created are: Chocolate hazelnut Rock, Creamy Cashew, Lemon Biscuits, American Cheesecake, Chocolaty hazelnut, Otto Caramel, Creamy & Crispy, and Chocolate Wafer. While the ice cream is fabulously sweetened to perfection, the toppings will only enhance the flavor profiles and never leave you with an overpowering sugar high. Volunteering as tribute, this bazaarite tried all three ice cream flavors and taste tested three toppings – naturally.
For my first bowl, I went for the Karak ice cream. I was completely blown away by the Karak-ness of it! Creamy and glorious, the ice cream on its own is an absolute hit in my books. But I just had to try it with a topping and went for the Creamy Cashew which gave it a welcomed crunch that only enhanced the flavor of the Karak. How did they make it? Simple! They literally just used their own Karak recipe to create this iced delicacy that you can now enjoy with a spoon. My second bowl was the Karak Vanilla Mix with the American Cheesecake topping. It was perfection. The cheesecake topping was so spot on it transformed the ice cream into, well, a proper cheesecake! And lastly, the Vanilla with Lemon Biscuits. I was rendered speechless for a few seconds as I collected my thoughts about this creation. Simply put, it was sunshine in a cup. Lemony, sweet and subtle, the Lemon Biscuits created a wonderful new light to see the vanilla with.
And as far as deliveries go – because we just had to ask. The ice creams are currently only available in-store but soon enough, you’ll be able to order them to the location of your choosing either via Talabat or by contacting them directly. Karak Gholam will be providing portions of 8 or 14 servings with 6 toppings of your choosing. We absolutely can’t wait!
Keep your eyes open for all of Karak Gholam’s creations as Ramadan approaches! Enjoy their ice creams and more at any of their four locations in Hawalli, Salmiya, Sharq and Murouj! Follow them on Instagram @KarakGholam for more information.