I have always been fascinated by liquid nitrogen. The first time I saw it was in my science class when my teacher used it to freeze a rose. I thought it was the coolest thing when he took that frozen rose and shattered it to pieces.
I went to visit a friend, Glenny (blogger of Confessions of a Scorpio), in Santa Ana, California (home of Disneyland) and we had nothing but ice cream on our minds. Glenny did some quick Instagram research and discovered Cauldron Ice Cream. As soon as I saw that it was ice cream made from liquid nitrogen I had to go.
We arrived around noon and kept driving passed this little ice cream shop as it was a little hard to spot being next to a huge "Urgent Care" sign next door. When we walked in, I loved how each ice cream station was hooked up to a hose that had nitrogen flowing out. The ice cream here is homemade, organic, and made to order so it's the creamiest, freshest ice cream you'll ever eat.
I couldn't decide on a flavor so I basically went to their Instagram feed and pointed to the new ice cream flavor that was just released, the strawberry shortcake. It was strawberry ice cream with bits of shortcake. So how did it taste? Delicious!!!!
It was super creamy and I loved the crunchy bits of shortcake. Glenny had the Sakura which was a Japanese cherry blossom topped with rose sugar. Yum! Hands down the best ice cream I've had in a while. I love frozen yogurt and gelato, but this place left me wanting to try more flavors.
I saw a girl walk out with her ice cream that was a very dark chocolate color (almost looked black) with white powder dusted on top and I immediately wanted to have what she was having. I loved my ice cream, but after seeing her visually stunning rose I felt like I needed to try that one too. However, my tummy didn't have room for seconds, so I'll just have to try that one next time. I also want to try the Earl Grey Lavender and the Vietnamese Coffee.
Glenny and I sat indoors for a bit and then sat outside as it was starting to get packed. We chatted for a couple of hours (yes, we had a ton of catching up to do) and the entire time there was a line out the door. We beat the rush and couldn't believe how this tiny ice cream shop had a line that never seemed to end. My go-to has always been frozen yogurt , but now I'm convinced that liquid nitrogen ice cream is the way to go. You really can't beat beautifully crafted and fresh homemade organic ice cream.
As of right now, Cauldron Ice Cream only has two locations in Southern California, but they are working hard to bring future locations. I just found out a few days ago (via Eater San Diego) that Cauldron Ice Cream is opening a store in Kearny Mesa, San Diego next Spring. This is great news for me!
CAULDRON ICE CREAM
ADDRESS: 1421 West MacArthur Blvd., Santa Ana, CA 92704
PHONE: (657) 245-3442
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