Sunday, July 28, 2013

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Heaven from Blue Giraffe Creamery

Blue Giraffe Creamery Truck
Although the food truck landscape has expanded drastically in Edmonton, I have still longed for a food truck that is focused solely on dessert. Enter Blue Giraffe Creamery, a new food truck own and run by University of Alberta Business student, Avery Daugela, focusing on all natural, preservative free ice cream made to order with liquid nitrogen!

Avery, who is currently studying entrepreneurship and still has one semester left in school was inspired by her sister, who told her of a store in Australia that she visited that made ice cream only with liquid nitrogen. Wanting to get her feet work on starting her own business, she decided that a liquid nitrogen ice cream truck would be a unique and inexpensive way to start her own business.

After doing some research, she wound up going all the way to Portland, Oregon to purchase an inexpensive food truck trailer from a family who specializes in building food trucks. Although she wanted a food truck, the trailer option allowed her to avoid worrying about additional expenses and hassles associated with truck breakdowns and maintenance, and also allows her to have a smaller footprint at festivals by unhooking the trailer from the truck she uses to haul it around.

On that particular day, she had two liquid nitrogen ice cream flavours to choose from, mint chocolate chip and maple bacon, both for $6 a bowl. Although she had traditional ice cream treats available to purchase as well, the liquid nitrogen ice cream was well worth the price and is prepared before your eyes in just 2 minutes!

Maple Bacon Ice Cream
I opted for the maple bacon that day, and she started by putting the ice cream base she prepared earlier into a KitchenAid mixer, added a good amount of maple syrup, and a liberal spoonful of bacon that she had cooked before service. She then added the liquid nitrogen and turned the KitchenAid on, and 2 minutes later, I had an extremely generous portion of maple bacon ice cream! It was significantly larger than I expected, as I’d originally thought I could try both flavours, but what I was handed was a heaping bowlful of ice cream the size of my head!

The ice cream itself was very creamy, with a distinctly maple flavour, sweet without being cloying, and finished with a slight saltiness from the large chunks of bacon. Least to say I was an immensely happy bovine as I devoured the entire bowl.

Maple Bacon Ice Cream
Although Blue Giraffe Creamery doesn’t currently have a permanent spot or schedule, they will be participating in 5 festivals in August. If you want to get your own bowl of maple bacon heaven, and what are sure to be other incredible flavours of liquid nitrogen ice cream, follow them on Twitter to find out when they’ll be out and where they’ll be, because they and their liquid nitrogen ice cream are well worth a visit (or 10).

Blue Giraffe Creamery
Location: Check Twitter for location, varies daily.
Dates & Times: Check Twitter for opening and closing times, varies daily.
Twitter: @BGcreamery


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