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Monday, September 28, 2009

Science in the Streets With Smitten Ice Cream

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 3:36 PM

click to enlarge Are you in love yet? - T. PALMER
  • T. Palmer
  • Are you in love yet?
Sunday's "Call To Flavor" street food benefit for St. Anthony's Foundation was a bright and lively afternoon. The biggest buzz, even among fellow carts, was the introduction of Smitten Ice Cream to the scene. With the assistance of a mixer equipped with a tank of liquid nitrogen (all sitting on a red Radio Flyer wagon), an individual scoop of ice cream is created before your vapor-filled eyes. On Sunday, Smitten offered the choice of caramel or salted caramel flavors, with a rich caramel sauce for drizzling ($5).

Creator Robyn Sue (last name withheld for licensing reasons) told SFoodie that she has been perfecting her molecular recipe with an engineer pal for nine years. She's dazzled private parties over that time (and is still available to do so), and decided to try out life on the street this weekend.

click to enlarge Smitten's caramel ice cream: Not for dieting. - T. PALMER
  • T. Palmer
  • Smitten's caramel ice cream: Not for dieting.
"It's not dietetic!" her assistant offered as we tucked into our dense, creamy scoop of caramel, which we'd rightly overfilled with caramel sauce.

She was right; it's clearly not for the calorie-conscious. But they -- and we -- would prefer it no other way. Robyn Sue also said she's open for flavor suggestions as well as a name for her magic machine of frozen wonder.

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