September 16, 2017 Metn Mount Lebanon Lebanon Middle East

Al Fata Ice Cream: The Merry Cream of Our Childhood

I've always asked myself why we call it Merry Cream....still none the wiser... Merry Cream is only in Lebanon and Wikipedia confirms it. Better known as Soft Serve, this kind of creamy ice cream is dispensed from a machine and usually enjoyed in only two flavors, milk and chocolate, until recently.


Soft serve is a type of ice cream that is softer than regular ice creams as a result of air being introduced during freezing. Soft serve ice cream has been sold commercially since the late 1930s. For the last decade or so, new flavors and colors have been added to the concept, taking the street food scene by storm.

Up in Bickfaya, I spotted a unique Merry Cream... flavors of my childhood, dispensed from this famous American machine, not overly creamy, nor overly sweet, just the right texture... I loved it!

Fata is the name, don't judge quickly, it's an old shop... Wait until you taste the ice cream!


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