Nice Cream Calgary is the first nitrogen ice cream shop in Calgary, in which liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the cream. It was a shock that that the shop was empty when we got there! Well, granted that it was a Sunday afternoon.
Liquid nitrogen is a new popular fad for ice cream. The claim with using liquid nitrogen is that because it freezes the cream so quickly, there’s no icicles that form in the ice cream which makes it velvety smooth.
Part of the fun (and cost) of the ice cream is the show of adding liquid nitrogen to the cream. As a chemical engineer, I really appreciate the science behind the ice cream shop. The logo has 7 14 in it, which is the atomic number and molar mass, respectively.
They have Kitchenaids on the bar counter, so you can see how they make the ice cream. The cream base is added inside the bowl, then liquid nitrogen is added while getting mixed. Nitrogen evaporates at room temperature, and the “smoke” you see is actually nitrogen gas.
I ordered the pineapple sorbet because that’s the only non-dairy ice cream they had, and my sister, the earl grey ice cream. The ice cream was really smooth, but I found my sorbet really sweet. I basically had to force myself to finish it. My sister liked her ice cream, but she thought it was okay.
Nice Cream is located in a somewhat obscure location, and it’s well hidden.When you do find it, you’ll be met with a beautifully decorated shop. I love the white brick walls and the wooden furniture! Also, if you want takeaway, they have pints for you!
COST: Moderate. The ice cream is priced moderately, at about $5 for a single scoop with a cone. The waffles are $5 – $7, and toppings are included. Their coffee and espresso-based drinks are about $2 – $5/cup.
TASTE: Good. Definitely not the best ice cream in Calgary, but it will satiate your cravings for ice cream. I thought my sorbet was too sweet, so it was mediocre for me. My sister liked her ice cream, but she likes Village Ice Cream better.
ACCESSIBILITY: Moderate. Nice Cream Calgary isn’t nearby any train stations, so the travel may be a bit of a hassle. Driving is the best way to get here, like many MRU students do. However, a number of buses service the area because it’s nearby MRU. Free parking in the lot is available for only 2 hours.
ATMOSPHERE: Nice. The ice cream shoppe is hidden in a very obscure street mall, so it may seem out of place because it’s very nice inside! Wooden furniture and accents, with a white brick wall and logo makes it very picturesque to take your photos (for Instagram).
SERVICE: 8/10. There was only one person at Nice Cream when we got there, but we were the only customers there, so the lady was quite friendly and answers our questions about how it worked.
Nice Cream Calgary
Address: #4, 4604 37th Street SW, Calgary AB
Phone: (403) 454 – 8868
- Monday: 12PM – 10PM
- Tuesday: 12PM – 10PM
- Wednesday: 12PM – 10PM
- Thursday: 12PM – 10PM
- Friday: 12PM – 10PM
- Saturday: 12PM – 10PM
- Sunday: 12PM – 10PM
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