PHOENIX, Arizona — The latest scoop in central Phoenix is the grand opening of Scooptopia, and those with a sweet tooth were in dessert heaven.
There are many desserts here, but their most popular one is the Filipino frozen treat halo-halo.
Halo-halo is usually a mixture of crushed ice, evaporated milk, ube, sweetened beans, coconut jelly, and flan, with a topping of ice cream.
But Scooptopia owners Paul and Gina Halum have added some special ingredients to their bestseller.
“I made a buko pandan with almond jelly and I mixed that with cream and that’s what makes it special,” said Gina.
Scooptopia serves 23 ice cream flavors, and each is locally handcrafted.
“Whatever age you are, you’re eating ice cream. And we’re here in Arizona, [it’s a] hundred degrees outside, why not [eat ice cream],” said restaurant manager Dianne Biznes.
Scooptopia also serves shaved ice and boba tea, and its owners plan to add more Filipino desserts for customers.
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