UPDATE 6-6-2022: Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream is now officially open in the Stonegate Crossing shopping plaza.
An innovative ice cream store — without freezers! — is coming to Texas, with its first location in Fort Worth: Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream, or Chill-N for short, is a made-to-order nitrogen ice cream concept that will open at 2473 S. Hulen St. in the Stonegate Crossing shopping plaza, IE the same center as Trader Joe's.
According to a a release, the shop is the first in Texas and the first outside of Florida.
"I knew as soon as I tried Chill-N for the first time, I had to bring that authentic, rich, creamy, and made-from-scratch liquid nitrogen ice cream straight back to our community," says local franchisee Harold Gernsbacher says in a statement. "One of the biggest differentiators for us will be our super diverse menu and the ability to see your ice cream being made right before your eyes with the freshest ingredients. In fact, you could eat Chill-N every day for a month and get something different each time."
Chill-N was founded in Miami in 2012 by South Florida native Daniel Golik, and is one of the first liquid nitrogen ice cream concepts in the U.S. There are locations across Florida with another dozen in development.
"From the Chamber of Commerce to city officials, local schools, and neighboring businesses, Fort Worth has been nothing short of amazing," Golik says in a statement. "We couldn't have picked a better place to open our newest ice cream shop than Fort Worth and just down the road from TCU."
Each serving of ice cream is flash frozen before customers' eyes, using proprietary technology that can produce large quantities of ice cream rapidly without sacrificing consistency or individuality.
Customers choose a portion size, then an ice cream base (milk, yogurt, sorbet, or an alt-milk option – coconut, almond, or oat), and then a flavor from a selection that includes not only van-choc-straw but also dulce de leche, Nutella, cake batter, peanut-butter, banana, mint, and matcha. Seasonal flavors include apple pie, pumpkin, red velvet, pistachio, and hot cocoa.
(Their menu is cute, sporting a Periodic Table of Elements theme.)
Toppings such as candies, cookies, cereal, fruit, sauces, nuts, and Cuban coffee (because their roots are in Miami) are added, and it all gets frozen using liquid nitrogen at a temperature of minus-320 degrees Fahrenheit. The unique freezing process is said to create an ice cream that is "ridiculously rich and decadently creamy."
This new store will also reflect a new prototype design with a softer color palette, more lighting, and a modern edge. There's also a location in the works for San Antonio.