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Nicecream brings the most innovative & delicious ice cream to DC. We need your help to build our pop-up shop!

Hi There! 

Thanks so much for visiting our KickStarter page! Welcome to Nicecream Factory!

We use real ingredients and hand craft an amazing ice cream scoop right in front of you! It is rare that you get to see what goes into ice cream, let alone see it be made. So how do we do this? Using liquid nitrogen! Liquid nitrogen is -321 degrees. It freezes cream on the spot, creating smaller ice crystals than traditional ice cream. This way, you get delicious, smooth, real ice cream - made to order for you!

OUR STORY

We are both home chefs and self-proclaimed foodies that realized there's a need out there to make enjoying dessert more interesting, more fun, the way it's supposed to be, so Nicecream was born!  We love exploring flavors. From savory to sweet...to sweet & savory, we've created a whole host of interesting flavors to bring to our customers in this new and exciting way!

Mode A La Apple Pie
Mode A La Apple Pie
Hazelnut Salted Caramel
Hazelnut Salted Caramel

IS LIQUID NITROGEN SAFE?

We have been asked by tons of friends and family about the safety aspect of liquid nitrogen in food. Here's the science- nitrogen is an inert gas that makes up about 78% of our earth's atmosphere. Nitrogen gas enters its liquid state at -320.44°F. When we put liquid nitrogen into our stand mixer, it freezes on contact and begins evaporating (because the air is much warmer than -320.44°F). The vapor that you see when we are making our ice cream is actually the liquid nitrogen turning into gas. We use the nitrogen for its cold temperature.  Once the liquid boils off (in about 10 seconds) there is absolutely no trace left of the nitrogen except for the coldness and awesome ice cream. So...is liquid nitrogen ice cream safe? Absolutely! The only dangerous part is how absolutely delicious it is!


POP UP SHOP

In order to bring our love of innovative ice cream to you, we are opening a pop up shop in DC! It will be the first liquid nitrogen ice cream shop on the East Coast! Every day, we will pack up our ingredients and equipment into a truck and drive it to our locations (like The Science Club!). 


Our set up consists of a cart and mixer, a dewar of liquid nitrogen and safe withdrawal system we had designed specifically for this purpose. You can spot us in bright green, blue, and orange shirts where ever we are! Our flavors are posted around the stand. All toppings and mix-ins we can put directly into the ice cream! We hope to be in as many DC neighborhoods as possible to bring Nicecream and smiles to everyone!


YOU

We need your help though. We have the basics to make ice cream, but not enough to travel, set up, serve all of our customers, and continue expanding. If you can help us meet these Kickstarter goals, we'll be able to open our shop and continue expanding to bring liquid nitrogen ice cream to people all around DC!

Why We Need Your Help?

Getting dessert right now is boring. You pick a flavor and get a scoop. We envision changing the way we eat dessert. In the Nicecream World, you scan through the selection of fresh real ingredients, pick what you want, customize your ice cream and watch it get made. You are a part of the process from beginning to end. You even get to see where we source our ingredients and get back to the roots of what you're eating. All of this with a liquid nitrogen show! You can help make that happen in DC!

Nicecream Ice Cream Bowl for you!
Nicecream Ice Cream Bowl for you!

Our new $10,000 Reward

If we can $10,000 to open our second shop, every reward-level backer receives an extra ice cream coin and this awesome insulated tote bag for all of your refrigerated needs (including Nicecream To-Go Pints)!

Nicecream pints, groceries, beer runs...you name it
Nicecream pints, groceries, beer runs...you name it

How to Get Involved

Check out our awesome rewards there on the right. Back our project! And then share it with your friends! Your support means the world to us. We could never get where we are without amazing people like you. Please back us and help guarantee DC will see liquid nitrogen ice cream this summer!

Thanks!

Our friend at the local White Oaks Lavender Farm
Our friend at the local White Oaks Lavender Farm

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We are fully invested in making Nicecream a dream come true. It has become our full time job and we want to share our passion with DC. We anticipate there to be bumps in the road though. Some of the challenges are:

Sourcing - Sourcing many ingredients locally means changes in weather will always affect fruit and how quickly farms can get to us. However, we have a variety of flavors that do not rely on the fruit in season, such as coffee roasted locally in DC, caramel we make ourselves, honey from local farms, among others.

Equipment Production - We have a set production schedule for building our awning and sink. However, we have set ourselves up to still operate even if these are pushed back a bit.

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    Nicecream Day Adventure: Start with lunch at The Science Club for you and a friend (on us). Then, join us in making liquid nitrogen ice cream yourself! You'll get to design your OWN flavor. We'll snap plenty of pictures of you concocting your own recipe for you to keep

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    Design and NAME YOUR OWN FLAVOR that will make its debut on the Nicecream menu this summer! + Nicecream certificate with your flavor w/ picture sent to you

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    We'll cater your next event for up to 25 people locally. We'll also create an ice cream flavor just for the party!

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    DC Sweets Vacation Package: Two nights in a beautiful DC Hotel. Brunch @ Coco Sala (award-winning chocolate restaurant), Dinner at a local favorite Chef Geoff's, gifts from various sweets around the city and Nicecream's guide to the SWEETEST places around town

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