As the mercury rises to over 40 degree Celsius in Gurgaon, ice cream vendors in the city are gearing up to sell frozen delights to eager customers.
“I am glad summer is here. Now I can sell chuskis and make a decent living, at least with enough money for the winter,” says Ramgopal, an ice-cream vendor in Sector 14. He sells sweet potatoes in winter.
A cone of crushed ice flavoured as per your choice, the chuski or ‘baraf ka gola’ is a favourite among people. While you shop and run about town doing your normal tasks, this frozen food is a must have during May and June.
It is available in different flavours such as orange, khus and rose. The ‘kala khatta’, which has a pinch of masala, lemon and delicious dark red liquid poured all over, works like magic to lift your mood on a hot summer afternoon.
Kulfi is another summer star. Made of milk, kesar and other nuts, this age-old milk ice cream is healthy, tasty and perfect for those on the go. Priced between Rs 20 and Rs 25 per stick, it cools you without burning a hole in your pocket.
Available at most sweet shops, there is also a sugar-free version for the diabetic. KB Kulfi in Sector 29 has interesting options such as mango, gulab and chocolate. Apart from the elaborate kulfi falooda (kulfi served with rice noodles and sugar syrup), fruit kulfi served with falooda is also popular among fruit-lovers. Paan ice-cream is also available for Rs 45 per cup at KB Kulfi.
There is a modern version of the kulfi called ‘snowie’. It uses only purified and packaged water. This is a cup of freshly crushed soft ice with a choice of over 20 flavours, which include strawberry, mango, bubblegum, cotton candy, pina colada, among others.
Frozen yogurt in different flavours started by Cocoberry has hit the right note with the health conscious crowd.
“I come here whenever I get time,” says Ankita Singh, a frequent visitor to Cocoberry. But some customers say the price is a bit too steep. Be prepared to stand in a queue for 15 minutes at this outlet in Galleria Market, but the wait will be worth the taste.
Kulfi, however, remain the favourite among schoolchildren, for they love to lick the stick on the way to class or while returning home. It is also available at most places and one can easily enjoy a kulfi stick at as low as just R5.
Apart from ice cream, sales of fizzy drinks have also increased with the rise in temperature, say retailers.