Creamistry, an ice cream chain that features made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream, opened an outpost in San Diego over the summer. I’ve been craving ice cream lately, and on one of the recent warm days, I went to check it out.
The store was pretty busy when I visited – on a Sunday evening, so I didn’t have many good pictures of the interior. The menu here is quite extensive, with over 30 different ice cream flavors! When placing your order, you get to choose the size (single or double scoop, or a Nitroshake) and base (regular or Straus organic milk, sorbet, or non-dairy coconut milk), flavor, and any toppings and extras.
They put all the ingredients together in one of these special mixers and pump in the liquid nitrogen, which freezes the ice cream in just a matter of minutes.
Thai Tea Ice Cream with Chocolate Curls [$5.5/single]
I decided to try the Thai tea flavor ice cream and added in chocolate curls. The texture was smooth and creamy, and I liked that it wasn’t overly sweet. The chocolate curls worked well with the Thai tea flavor, and I was very happy with my ice cream creation.
Matcha Affogato [$6.95]
My date J chose an affogato – there are two varieties offered, coffee and matcha green tea, and he went with matcha. A scoop of vanilla ice cream is added to a cup of matcha tea and topped with whipped cream and matcha powder. I loved the beautiful presentation.
The affogato was quite nice – I loved the contrast between the hot tea and ice cream. The matcha they used was pretty good quality, and I also enjoyed the flavor contrast between the bitter matcha and the sweet vanilla ice cream. Next time, I would definitely want to try the coffee affogato.
Overall, I really enjoyed the ice cream at Creamistry. While it is on the pricey side compared with regular ice cream shops, I do enjoy the smooth texture of liquid nitrogen ice cream. I’m glad that the liquid nitrogen ice cream trend has made its way to San Diego, and I definitely hope to squeeze in a few more visits to Creamistry before the weather gets cooler!
7420 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Suite 108, San Diego, CA 92111