Quick freeze: Liquid nitrogen makes coolest ice cream

Jul. 26, 2014 @ 04:16 PM

JB’s Frozen Gold offers a twist on traditional ice cream with the help of liquid nitrogen.

While most of the traditional ice cream ingredients are used, liquid nitrogen is also added to the mixture.

John Barker, the owner of the business, first got the idea for it after hearing about it from a friend.

That later led to the opening of JB’s Frozen Gold at 116 E. South Main Street in Waxhaw.

“A friend had told me about ice cream that he had had out in Kissimmee, Fla. down near Disney and the gentleman was making ice cream with a big machine and was using liquid nitrogen to freeze the cream and the ice cream was delicious,” Barker said.

He became interested in the idea of using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream and began to look into it. He and his wife are planning to soon open a barbecue restaurant in Waxhaw, but while that is being prepared, they chose to use the liquid nitrogen idea to open up JB’s Frozen Gold, which is right next door to the planned location of their barbecue business. That business will be JB’s Lazy Pig BBQ and is planned to open in August, Barker said.

“We wanted to do something else that would bring people to this shop and get the word out about the barbecue but also provide something neat and different that brings people to downtown (Waxhaw),” he said.

JB’s Frozen Gold opened May 24 and since then has attracted a lot of customers interested not only in trying the ice cream but also in seeing how the machines at the business work to instantly freeze and create the ice cream with liquid nitrogen.

“Business has been great, every week we seem to get busier and busier, we have a lot of repeat business,” Barker said.

The process to make the ice cream isn’t hard using the nitrogen. They start off with sweet cream and then add in the ingredients. After that they pour in the liquid nitrogen, which freezes the mixture to 320 degrees below zero. After all that is done, you have fresh ice cream. The ice cream created is a lot colder than the more traditionally made ice cream and has a slightly different taste. Despite this, the ice cream is also a lot creamier and smoother than more traditional ice cream, he said.

“We offer the base flavors of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and peach and we have specialties,” he said.

Some of the specialties they currently offer are strawberry cheesecake, brownie chip and mint chocolate chip. In addition to these and the base flavors they offer, there are also a number of other flavor combinations they can create at the business. His goal with the business is to not only make great ice cream but also for it to be an attraction in downtown Waxhaw, Barker said.

“Learning how it works has been a lot of fun,” Hailey Beitel, Barker’s stepdaughter, who works at the business, said.

Her jaw dropped when she first learned about the idea of using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream but since then she has had fun learning more about it and being able to create and serve the ice cream to customers, she said.

JB’s Frozen Gold is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 p.m.- 6 p.m. 

For more information about the business call 704-843-5299 or visit the JB’s Frozen Gold Ice Cream Facebook page.

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