I get a kick out of watching desserts made with liquid nitrogen, so when I heard of the Sub Zero ice cream chain, I really wanted to check it out.
Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt makes frozen yogurt and ice cream right in front of you using liquid nitrogen. The process is a little like places like Cold Stone, where you choose an ice cream and then different flavors and mix-ins. The ice cream is still in its liquid form when you place your order. They pour in the liquid, toppings and flavors into a bowl. Then they turn on the liquid nitrogen and begin mixing until it becomes solid ice cream.
In addition to traditional ice cream and frozen yogurt they also have dairy free options too.
Ice Cream with Piña Colada and Reeses Pieces
This was Mr. K’s choice. We both enjoyed it. I worried the ice cream would be too icy, but it wasn’t at all. The pina colada flavoring was a little light though. It tasted like vanilla ice cream with a pina colada syrup, so the flavors don’t transform the ice cream into different flavored ice creams. It’s more of the same effect as flavoring Hawaiian shaved ice with different syrups.
Cashew Dairy Free Ice Cream with Coconut and Mango Flavoring and Kit Kat pieces
I saw a dairy free cashew ice cream that had me really curious. Unfortunately, neither of us really liked this. The ice cream tasted dry without the dairy and also wasn’t very sweet.
It was fun to watch the ice creams being made with the liquid nitrogen, though it is also a little bit pricey ($4.82 for a small). I wouldn’t come here as my go-to place, but it’s a fun place to visit.
Sub Zero Ice Cream has a few locations in San Diego and beyond San Diego as well. I went to the one in Encinitas.
Sub Zero Ice Cream
123 N. El Camino Real suite E
Encinitas, CA 92024