Elton Fernandes - EL The Cook
Behind a veil of nitrogen infused air, we enter Creamicals - A Spoonful of Magic, located on a quiet by lane in Kothrud. There is an anticipation of magic as the air clears and a jolt of coffee hits your nose!
"Welcome to Creamicals!" says owner Harsh Paranjape, from behind the multi-coloured lights of his counter. A budding entrepreneur, Harsh and his brother Yash, have introduced Pune to her first liquid nitrogen themed frozen dessert shop!
Chemical Analyst by profession, Harsh beckons his scientific know-how and ties it seamlessly with food to make awesome ice-creams!
Wait....was that right?
YES! You heard that right they use liquid nitrogen, which stuns the onlooker, to make their super smooth ice-creams.
The dessert shop which boasts 15 different flavours, featuring chocolate, coffee, fruits and local flavours such as sitaphal (custard-apples) and gulkand!
So how do you go about ordering your frozen dessert? "Choose your favourite flavour and let the magic happen!" says Harsh, with a cheeky smile! So we did. We chose a Coffee Mocha which cost 150 rupees.
One of the skilled staff members, prepares a secret blend of Coffee, Milk and other ingredients, whisks it and then adds the mix to a Kitchen Aid stand mixer. He then whizzes around to large white cylinder and inverts it...
Steaming nitrogen liquid at -196°C comes bubbling out! This bellowing liquid is then added to the stand mixer with the blend of ingredients.
The liquid nitrogen instantly freezes the milk to ice-cream, the nitrogen being inert, evaporates..resulting in super smooth blend of creamy coffee mocha!
Our Coffee Mocha ice-cream was ready within an ice-cold minute and it was topped with a generous drizzle of chocolate syrup. So what, you may ask are the differences between regular ice-cream and those made with liquid nitrogen?
The ice-cream is delectably smooth, with no ice crystals, the milk is frozen in an instant! The flavours of coffee are beautifully preserved, resulting in a rich, creamy ice-cream. With no preservatives, the ice-cream is the freshest and coldest dessert you will taste. The lack of stabilizers though will melt this ice-cream within 15 minutes, so taking home a pack is impossible, unless you stay close by.
With a feeling of scientific discovery, like rejuvenated school kids, Creamicals leaves you with a feeling of wonder! The veil of nitrogen and staff dressed in lab-coats and protective eye gear, does remind you of a science lab.
But science does indeed make brilliant ice-cream. It arrives from behind the mysterious & smoky nitrogen and is well worth the suspense!
EL The Cook recommends you try Creamicals for a truly out of this world ice-cream experience!