LYNDHURST, N.J. — Lyndhurst business owner Miguel Cosme planned on becoming a police officer or firefighter someday.
He was 18 when he saw a YouTube video of a man making rolled ice cream for children. It changed his life.
Cosme might not be fighting crime or fires but — four years after seeing the video — the Belleville native feels he’s found a new way to make the world a better place.
Only it's with ice cream.
“When you’re young, you want to be a cop, or a firefighter, or a correctional officer,” the 22-year-old said. “When I saw the expression on the kids’ faces in the video, I fell in love with that.”
After four years of saving up, Cosme has opened Freezing Point in King’s Court in Lyndhurst.
Inspired by a Thai method, Cosme’s specialty treat is among the few of its kind in both New Jersey and along the East Coast.
Each bowl is made for each individual customer. Cosme pours a home-made chocolate, vanilla, strawberry or raspberry cream base over a negative 20-degree pan.
Once the first side is frozen, he flips it like a pancake before dividing it, rolling it, and adding chopped fruit or candy.
Cosme, who’s been saving money since he was 18 to open the store, is starting to get sick of his product.
“When I go home, I smell like strawberries and bananas,” he said. “When I wake up, I smell like strawberries and bananas. When I’m here, I smell like strawberries and bananas.”
But seeing how happy he makes his customers will never get old for Cosme.
““I just love that feeling of seeing kids smile,” he said.