This Trendy Soft Serve Is Bae

Charcoal cones, nostalgic toppings, and wild flavors? We're there.

By Timothy Malcolm August 1, 2019

Can an ice cream cone transport you back to your childhood? Bae certainly goes for broke in trying to get you there.

Bae first opened in Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo neighborhood and came to 9798 Bellaire Blvd. earlier this month. If you know of it, you’ve definitely seen the shots of charcoal cones perfectly crowned with dual-color soft-serve ice cream,  topped with colorful sprinkles, gold flakes, or cereal. It’s ice cream as art, and set against a neon sign reading “With love, from bae,” it's definitely Instagrammable.

But this dessert isn’t just a pretty picture, thanks to Bae's flavorful, creamy soft serve that actually tastes like what it claims to be. I ordered the odd combination of Cocoa Puffs and Earl Grey, and it reminded me of mornings spent slurping sugary chocolate milk out of a giant bowl. I wanted nothing less.

While ordering, I asked the clerk how to top my ice cream of cereal and tea, and he figured just more actual Cocoa Puffs would work. I declined, wanting some variety, so I went for chocolate Pocky and gummy bears. 

Go nuts with your toppings. Sure, you can get rainbow or chocolate sprinkles, but what’s ice cream without 24-karat gold shavings or edible hearts? 

Feeling youthful? Grab those Cocoa Puffs, Fruity Pebbles, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, or Cap’n Crunch. Cookie toppings include miniature Teddy Grahams, Oreos, and Nutter Butters.

You can also get a drizzle of syrup to finish it off. Maybe that’s overkill, but overkill is the point here. You’ll spend half your time at Bae moving out of the way of people trying to take photos with the signage, but the rest of it? It's delicious nostalgic bliss.

Show Comments