Since Turkish ice cream, or dondurma, is much tougher and chewier than American ice cream or gelato, it lends itself well to being stretched and played around with. In this video taken at an ice cream stand in Istanbul, the vendor makes a show while paddling a towering chocolate and nut-covered ice cream cone for his customer by repeatedly taking it away and pretending to let it drop. I'd enjoy this show the first time around, but after a while I could see myself thinking, "Gimmethedamnicecream." Still, after learning about dondurma, my interest in visiting Istanbul has jumped about 500%. Watch the video after the jump.
Istanbul Ice Cream Trickery