One of the neatest bits of my first trip to Denmark wasn’t
Legoland amazingly enough. It was
a place that did liquid nitrogen ice cream.
Istid is this little shop on a residential
street in Copenhagen. Happily the street I was staying with a friend
on! The setup is simple: on a counter behind glass are four brightly
coloured Kitchen-Aid mixers;
opposite them is a chalkboard explaining the four flavours of ice cream
with toppings they offer.
When you pick your flavour and size they go to
the matching mixer, pour the pre-mixed ice cream
into it, start the mixer and then pour in the liquid
nitrogen. Instantly the mixer seems to transform into a
witches cauldron with
fog spilling over the edge. As the fog clears, the liquid they poured
from the caraffe has transformed into ice cream -
And it tastes delicious. Apparently this is due to the rapid cooling by
the liquid nitrogen causing smaller ice crystals and therefore creamier
ice cream. Or it’s caused my magic.
This has me wondering how to
it at home. But if you’re in Copenhagen you
should go there. And to help convince you,
has pictures and their story.