I headed out last night to grab a quick ice cream at the shop that just opened around the corner from my house. It looked like your average mix-it-in style creamery that was all the rage just couple of years ago only there was no ice cream anywhere.
It was almost closing time so I asked politely if they were still open and they said yes. Still wondering where they were keeping my desert I asked if they were like your average cold-stone type of place. "Nope" he said with a sort of smugness. "We are different. We don't have any ice-cream.
" I realize now that this is a bit that he has had plenty of practice with but since I was still half convinced we caught them closing I dragged out an "ooookayyy". "We make it when you order it" he says and I finally get it.
Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream!
I'd seen videos of this on the net so of course had to start geeking out on their equipment and asking the kind of questions that tend to make people question my sanity/motives.
Frost Bite Creamery
is family owned and operated by Steve More and his two sons. I spoke with Steve but one of his sons must have designed the equipment as he seemed a bit incapacitated when hit with any technical questions about his setup. They apparently opened in February of this year but from what I could see still haven't had a lot of traffic.
All things geek aside, the ice cream was fantastic. First you pick from either light, normal, or heavy cream. Choose a flavor if you like then pick a mix-in ((I went with coconut flavor and pineapple chunks, the wife went with chocolate and Andes Mints). They add the sweetened cream, flavor and mix-in into a steel bowl, pour in some liquid nitrogen and stir like mad. About 45 seconds later when the cloud of fog disapates from the counter, the mess in the bowl becomes velvety smooth ice-cream.
I can't recommend the place enough. Great ice cream, a great show, and a one of a kind family run business. I should warn you that the normal cream is plenty rich though - I can't imagine what the heavy cream base would be like. If you happen to go add a comment and let me know what you thought.
Frost Bite Creamery
53 N Val Vista, Suite 102
Gilbert, AZ 85234