BITE-SIZED

Three Times a Charm

Freshly made ice cream, waffles and coffee 
with an Asian twist

Red bean ice cream in a waffle cone is one of many fun flavor combinations available.
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There are more than 10 fillings for these traditional fish-shaped warm Asian waffles called taiyaki. Nutella is a favorite.
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An array of toppings — some fruity, some sweet, some chewy — are offered.
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With ample indoor seating and a few tables outside, Three f(x) is family-friendly and accommodating.
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The friendly staff walks you through the process, but you select your flavor, milk and mix-ins for any of Three f(x)'s ice creams.
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The honeydew ice cream is made-to-order, with fresh fruit and your choice of dairy or non-dairy milk.
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After selecting your choice of milk and flavoring, the two are blended and poured onto a freezing slab — no artificial ingredients or preservatives are used.
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The patbingsu, or ice flakes, is a popular Korean dessert that's perfect for sharing.
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Located in a shopping plaza at Baymeadows and Southside, there’s plenty of parking.
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Three f(x) offers homemade ice cream, fish-shaped waffles (taiyaki) and hot and cold coffee creations.
Caron Streibich
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9802 Baymeadows Road, Ste. 6, Southside

928-9559

facebook.com/ThreeFxIcecreamwaffles

I think of Three f(x) as a grownup's dessert wonderland — a kid-like setting with bright décor and Asian pop music. The ice cream, made to order on a cold circular slab, is whipped up right before your eyes — talk about fresh.

Three f(x) stands for Fresh Fun Fruit treats, or three "effects." I enjoy all three. Offerings include homemade ice cream, Asian-style fish-shaped waffles called taiyaki and an assortment of hot and cold coffee beverages. Everything is made-to-order. The unique ice cream flavors include red bean, coconut, espresso, green tea, blackberry and kiwi. The smooth, refreshing green tea is one of my favorites.

Two mix-ins are included in the price of your ice cream. I'm a mochi pieces and white chocolate chips type of girl, but you can choose sprinkles, gummy bears, Oreos, fruit toppings and more.

On my most recent visit, I ordered a small (I'd hate to see a large!): three generous scoops in a freshly made waffle bowl. You won't find any preservatives, powdered artificial flavors or chemicals; the owners take pride in offering natural ingredients and fresh fruit. (Watermelon ice cream didn't work out; the actual watermelon wasn't ice-creamable and they refused to use artificial watermelon flavoring.) The friendly young man who whipped up my honeydew ice cream showed me the chunks of just-cut honeydew before he began working his magic. I chose whole milk, but you can also opt for nonfat milk, lactose-free almond or soy, or yogurt. If you're with a group, share the elaborate patbingsu, a popular Korean dessert made from shaved ice, topped with an assortment of goodies.

The warm taiyaki waffles are often stuffed with sweet fillings, but there are other savory choices like ham, bacon, egg and cheese, or beef frank and string cheese. My filling of choice is Nutella … what's better than a piping- hot waffle, crispy around the edges but chewy in the center, in the shape of a fish, with a creamy hazelnut spread inside? (For the record, blueberry-and-cream-cheese is my runner-up.)

Bonus points for the coffee ice cubes in the iced coffee. Simple, yet brilliant.

Open daily, Three f(x) is located near the intersection of Baymeadows and Southside. It stays open later than most sweet shops — 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A new flavor is featured each week. And don't forget to snag a punch card to get a free ice cream. Who says there's no such thing as a free treat? 

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