"There have been no real sweet shops in the six years we've been here," says Bryan Dayton, co-founder of Acorn (next door to Melted) as well as OAK at Fourteenth, Brider and Corrida in Boulder. "I used to joke with the Zeppelins [who run the Source] about getting a mochi cart, so when the expansion of Acorn happened and this little space opened up...I knew what I wanted."
The idea, he says, was to do something different on the dessert front. After garnering inspiration from his time in Thailand in 1999 and feeling sentimental about the ice cream sandwich carts he would visit, Dayton decided on a mix of Thai milk-bun ice cream sandwiches and soft serve ice cream in uncommon flavors.
"We wanted something different and fun and creative outside the normal dessert realm," he explains while adding heart-shaped sprinkles onto the signature Thai bun creation. "This is our geeked-out version."
To help create the menu, Dayton brought on consulting pastry chef Jennifer Akina of Azucar Bakery to whip up a rotating selection of cookies, Thai-style ice cream sandwiches and swirls of soft serve in flavors such as pomegranate, Thai iced tea and Chartreuse. The cookies will change each week and often include a vegan option such as vegan chocolate chip (available now), as well as traditional butter- and egg-filled cookies like strawberry with white chocolate and strawberry streusel. The soft serve options will also include a rotating vegan flavor; this week's is coconut.
As of now the hours are sporadic, but Dayton says there will be a set schedule at the beginning of 2020. Until then, he suggests following Melted on Instagram for updates on times and menu items. The official grand opening is January 14, but starting today you can sample the goodies.