Thursday, September 29, 2016

Not All Smoke and Mirrors at Creamistry

27692 Santa Margarita Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

I have to admit that I didn't see the big deal about liquid nitrogen ice cream. I had been to two of Creamistry's competitors and left underwhelmed. That's probably why I was not expecting too much when we arrived here after a rather lackluster dinner nearby. When I walked back through their door, they had made me a convert.

Creamistry has expanded like my sweatpants after inhaling their fantastic ice cream. They have locations throughout California, including eight in OC, and even have spots in Arizona, Texas, and on the other side of the world in India. I'm not exactly sure of the science behind their ice cream, as I barely made it out of my 10th-grade science class, but I know the result is delicious. Each frozen treat is made to order using liquid nitrogen.

The menu here can be a little intimidating with all of their choices. They have tried to make it easier for Creamistry virgins, like me, by ordering in four easy steps. First, you order the size that you would like. They offer singles, doubles, and shakes. Then you select your base, with choices like premium cream, organic cream, sorbet, or coconut based, which is nondairy, vegan, and an alternative for people who have a sensitivity to lactose, eggs, or gluten. Now the hard part, picking a flavor, and with 30 different kinds, this could take awhile. The last step is adding any toppings or sauces you may desire. Then your order is made.

It actually is a pretty cool process with all of the smoke, and it takes only a few minutes and then your ice cream is ready. Let's see what got me all excited.

What you see above is the best Peanut Butter and Chocolate Shake ($7.50) I have had. It had a great chocolate flavor, with just the right amount of peanut butter, which got sucked up the straw in little pellets. This shake had the perfect ratio of chocolate to peanut butter, and I also enjoyed the thick chocolate sauce coating the cup and the whipped cream. So good, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about this shake since I had it a few weeks ago. Thankfully for my waistline, they are not too close to my house so this will be a special treat when I'm back in this area.

Next up were the scoops that Katie and Stephanie got. To be honest, I was in such a euphoric state with my shake, I'm not even sure what Stephanie got, but I know that Katie selected the Single Scoop Nutella ($5.50) made with the coconut base and pecans added. She loved this non-dairy ice cream, which she claims is one of the best she has had. I tried it and thought it was good, but I'd definitely stick to ice cream that is actually made with dairy. She enjoyed the slight coconut tinge here but wished that the Nutella would have been a little more prominent.

For not really expecting too much when walking in here, I was kind of blown away by Creamistry. With previous mediocre visits to their competitors, Sub-Zero and Scoops and Scoops, I'd say they are leading the pack when it comes to liquid nitrogen ice cream in OC. I look forward to trying more of their flavors, including their cereal flavors, which get a lot of attention. The girl who took our order was very patient with us as we perused the overwhelming menu, and she did a great job of explaining everything to us. Glad I finally found my go to liquid nitrogen ice cream place. Now I have to just practice a little restraint.

Out of five airplane tires, (because nitrogen is also used to inflate airplane tires), five being best to zero being worst, Creamistry gets 3.5 airplane tires.

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