The Futuristic Liquid Nitrogen Machine That Makes Ice Cream To Order

Despite the warm wood and cheery red accents, Smitten Ice Cream can feel a bit like a mad scientist's shop. There's the industrial-sized tank of liquid nitrogen that greets you inside the entrance of its new flagship location in Oakland. And there's the billowing clouds of nitrogen when the stainless steel ice cream… » 3/26/14 5:20pm 3/26/14 5:20pm

I Did the World's First Ice Cream Cleanse: Yes, Really

Back during the no-carb diet craze of the early 2000s, I joked that I wanted to try a diet consisting of nothing but carbs and lipids. I would call it the Fatkins Diet. Guess what? I just did exactly that. I ate ice cream, and only ice cream, for four days straight. Yes, it's the world's first Ice Cream Cleanse, and… » 3/05/14 2:20pm 3/05/14 2:20pm

Licking Ice Cream To Make It Sing With NYC's Weirdest Orchestra

Last week, at a former bodega in Alphabet City, food designer Emilie Baltz and smart object designer Carla Diana conducted the second performance of their "Lickestra"—a "musical licking performance" involving conductive ice cream cones, four volunteers, and a pre-recorded soundtrack of peculiar tones and baselines created… » 2/20/14 5:41pm 2/20/14 5:41pm

You can bake cookies from the cookie dough of cookie dough ice cream

Well, well, well. Isn't this good to know? Turns out, you can strain all the ice cream out of cookie dough ice cream and use its dough to bake cookies. Surprise! It's actually cookie dough! It's not just factory made cookie flavoring made to make you crave ice cream more (even if it still is all that). » 2/07/14 9:21pm 2/07/14 9:21pm

Why This Glow in the Dark Ice Cream Costs $225 a Scoop

Of all the unique varieties that Ben & Jerry's has concocted over the years, nothing can come close to the wonderful absurdity that is this glowing ice cream created by Charlie Francis. Using a synthesized version of the luminescent proteins that cause jellyfish to glow when they're agitated, this gleaming frozen treat… » 11/04/13 1:20pm 11/04/13 1:20pm

A Physics-Defying Appliance That Bakes Up Hot Ice Cream (Say Wha?)

Most of us are happy to eat ice cream straight out of the container; even scooping it into a cone seems like too much of a hassle. But a restaurant in Spain called El Celler de Can Roca has come up with a novel way to serve the frozen treat—they bake it. Or, more specifically, they use a machine called the Oxymoron… » 8/29/13 9:12am 8/29/13 9:12am

Everything Right and Wrong With Apps in One Bizarre Haagen-Dazs…

Haagan-Dazs should make its own app, you can just picture a coked-up branding executive typing into a sweat-soaked BlackBerry after wrestling a horse to the ground with his bare hands. And so they did, they built a Haagen-Dazs app that's really a 3D augmented reality violin concerto. It's wonderful and horrible, and… » 8/01/13 4:39pm 8/01/13 4:39pm

DIY Alcoholic Dippin' Dots: The Hangover of the Future

Dippin' Dots, the momentarily dead but then thankfully resurrected novelty ice cream, are fun to eat. But the flavors are, well, a little childish? Wouldn't you rather make dots that taste great and help numb yourself to the world? Of course you would. Right this way. » 4/05/13 5:00pm 4/05/13 5:00pm

Moon-Shaped Ice-Cream Sandwich Balls: Coming to a Freezer Near You

The only thing better than ice cream is ice cream with a gimmick. And since ice cream trucks are all actually sort of drugs vans in disguise (right?), and those Pikachu-faced Popsicles aren't even that tasty, please direct your attention to this new and very wonderful upgrade, coming straight from the guys who know how … » 10/03/12 8:30pm 10/03/12 8:30pm

This Magical Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker Can Sense the…

There's a reason why they call ice cream, ice cream. Too much iciness and it feels like you're sucking flavored water, too much creaminess and it feels like you're suffocating on a stream of condensed milk. I'm not saying they're not delicious but texture plays with ice cream. That's why you need the Breville Smart… » 9/05/12 9:05pm 9/05/12 9:05pm