Dondurma is the word used for ice cream in Turkey. Turkish ice cream is made with goats milk and salep (orchid flour). The resulting product is extremely thick (as a consequence of the salep), fairly chewy, and reminiscent of taffy. My first experience with it was at the Boston Turkish Festival (website) a few years back.
Maras Dondurmasi is a regional specific variation that is super duper thick … and often requires a fork and knife to eat. Anywho, it is a particularly popular variation for street vendors and at festivals. As a result of the thickness, serving it has become somewhat of an art form that might remind you of vaudevillian times.
Anywho, in my usual internet stumblings, I came across a slew of videos showing these street magicians serving up the delicious treat. Here’s my favorite one: