I love my best friend Rhea and I love ice cream.
And tonight I got to combine those two loves when I met up with my bestie and her fiancé Manako at the new local ice cream shop, À La Minute, in Claremont, California.
They handcraft your individual serving of creamy goodness with the use of liquid nitrogen! Because science.
If, like me, you hear the words liquid nitrogen and have no clue what that actually means…
Here is a description from À La Minute about their special ingredient:
“Liquid nitrogen is simply nitrogen (which makes up 78% of our atmosphere) in a liquid state. It is -321 degrees [fahrenheit] and is obviously very cold. Using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream minimizes the size of ice crystals and results in a much creamier ice cream.”
On top of that, À La Minute also uses a 100% organic ice cream base and places a high priority on using local & seasonal ingredients.
Your order is literally as fresh as it gets. And on top of that, we also watched our waffle cones being made right in front of us!
The shop – which shares a space with Augie’s Coffee House – is located inside the Packing House (the largest historic building in The Village)!
If you’re looking to spend an entire evening in the Claremont Village, a scoop from ALM would make an extra special post-dinner treat after a drink/meal at Eureka Burger or The Back Abbey.
Back to our experience…
Staring at the board of flavors and making a decision took us quite awhile.
Finally we made our choices…
I ordered the Espresso Chip with added caramel sauce on top! Needless to say I was more than happy with my pick, and highly recommend it!
We all LOVED our super delicious indulgences. As we were leaving Manako exclaimed, “I’m going to be coming back here!”
I have to say that I completely agree.
If you’re curious about this liquid nitrogen ice cream you can grab a scoop (or two! or three!) from À La Minute at one of their three locations in Southern California: Claremont, Redlands and the city of Orange!
532 W. 1st Street Claremont, CA 91711
19 East Citrus Avenue #105 Redlands, CA 92373
117 N. Glassell Street Orange, CA 92866
If you still want to know more check out this video to learn how they use liquid nitrogen to form their extra delicious desserts!