Creamistry is one of our favorite ice cream shops! Sharing our review today! It is the most dense and creamiest ice cream around. Dare I say, homemade ice cream quality? Jenny and I are big fans of frozen custard which is creamier than ice cream, however…..Creamistry……is amazing. I’m excited because I didn’t know such a creamy experience existed in ice cream. It took Jenny and I two visits to truly appreciate this place…..only because we were too excited the first time.
We had family visiting from AZ, so we took the whole crew to an afternoon of ice cream.
They are located in Irvine, just off Barranca near Chipotle and around the corner from a new restaurant Urban Plates.
These are the machines that line the store and where they make the ice cream once you order. They use liquid Nitrogen which is the secret in the creaminess, and the homemade ice cream claim is valid because they make it after you order.
They have more than enough options of toppings and syrups. So many, that I had anxiety trying to match the right topping with the right ice cream base–the latter (organic ice cream) coming form the northern California Straus Family Creamery.
Prices are more expensive than a typical ice cream shop, but never mind that–this is the creamiest ice cream–give me a large please! You can choose from Premium, Organic, and Sorbet ice cream bases. Organic has less fat than Premium.
Here are their different ice cream bases. We have only tried Premium, which I quote, is the “smoothest and creamiest of all the bases”. Also, soon, they will be offering a coconut base from Silk.
This is the list of all their ice cream base flavors. Our advice is to study this as you’re in line. There’s nothing worse than being pressured at the cash register to make a decision.
And, lastly their mix-ins, fruits and syrups.
Just to the left of the cash registers are their list of most popular. We’ve tried 4 of these suggestions, and so far our top pick is the Cookie Butter with Marshmallow Cream.
The magic starts and ends here–with Nitrogen. Although this is the main component for Creamistry, their process to make your custom ice cream cup takes time. Plan 1 hour for your trip. At peak times, you’ll easily be there an hour. They warn you also as they have a sign that says once you order it could take 30 minutes or so. This was the case during our Friday night visit. Conversely, we visited on a Monday at 4pm and there was no line at all.
Not much of a line on a Monday at 4pm.
Birthday Cake with Chocolate Fudge
Cookie Butter with Chocolate Fudge
They make their waffle cones on site. You can tell their quality instantly. These guys are thin and great.
Horchata with Cheese Cake Bites
Churro with Kit Kat and Banana (one of our TOP PICKS)
Cookie Butter with Marshmallow Cream (our TOP PICK…thus far)
Chocolate Hazelnut with Cherry and Banana (would’ve been better with toppings mixed-in)
Captain Crunch with Brownie Bites & Chocolate Fudge (hold the fudge next time as it masked the Cap’n)
Conclusion: Best ice cream around….that we’ve tried. The assembly line of producing your ice cream–yes, made to order–is slow and needs to be improved, but honestly, I don’t care when the ice cream is this good.
Creamistry (their website here)
3972 Barranca Parkway #D
Irvine, CA 92606
11am – 10pm
Sunday, 11am – 9pm
OUR BILL: $42.39 (7 people)
Creamistry ice cream contains horrible ingredients. As I recall, even the organic milk contained carrageenan when I complained to the company earlier this year. It seems they’ve removed it, but the signature premium milk still contains carrageenan. The coconut milk has a lengthy list of chemicals you shouldn’t find in coconut milk. The sea salt caramel contains high fructose corn syrup, which was a huge shock to me as this was the flavor I regularly chose.
I mean, this place isn’t above using horrid breakfast cereals with the worst ingredients ever to top their ice cream, so I don’t know why I was so shocked when I finally read their ingredients lists (it’s on their site and you should all read it too, so that you realize how much you’re spending to buy this super expensive toxic ice cream).
There is many kinds of ice cream look so yummy, especially is chocolate cream.
Creamy, yes. But, there’s a strange aftertaste.
We also have a place called SubZero that’s similar to this. Will definetely be stopping in to try this place on my next trip to OC. Love going home!
Yes, SubZero is on our radar. We can’t wait to compare.
Gahh, I`m so excited to try this place out!! I heard it just opened and I`ve been meaning to go visit with some friends. Your review just makes me more excited!
Btw, Strickland’s Ice Cream (also in Irvine/next to UCI) has one of THE creamiest ice cream and definitely one of my favorite ice cream places in the OC! Their milkshake mondays are hard to resist!
Lynna, please let us know what you think on Creamistry. We’ve had Strickland’s also. My husband worked at Nielsen’s Frozen Custard (UT, AZ, NV) in high school so we are partial to them and think they’re better than Strickland’s but my friend gives Strickland’s the nod. They’re all good. 🙂
Cool! We have one here in Mesa called SubZero that’s the same thing, and we LOVE it!!! It is seriously SO cool!! Only I didn’t realize how good we had it, because we can walk right in and be eating our ice cream within 5-10 min 🙂
Next time we’re in Mesa we will be trying that SubZero. Closest one to us, I believe is in Carlsbad. 🙂
We have been to SubZero, lots of places opening in So Cal, that does the same sort of thing. It’s so good. We’ll have to try this place, too. Thanks for the tip!
There is a place near my parents that does the liquid nitrogen BUT they have LAME flavors and barely any toppings…Sooo, this place sounds way more enticing :)!
Oh goodness, sign me up for for a big cup of this ice cream!
–I think I shall have the Cookie Butter with Marshmallow Cream, please 🙂
You won’t regret it!
Oh wow, this place is adorable!! And it looks wonderful. I need to go here! Adding it to my “to-try” bucket list!!