Just when you’d started to tire of the froyo craze and you thought you’d have to revert back to regular old ice cream for a little change of pace, Ices Plain & Fancy rolled into town. This ice cream shop is like none other in St. Louis. Liquid nitrogen is used to make this frozen treat which creates an ice cream that has no ice crystals and is silky smooth in texture. After choosing your flavor, the cream base is mixed in a Kitchen Aid mixer with your custom flavors and liquid nitrogen. While the process looks like a science experiment, the end result is delicious. The menu offers several traditional flavors as well as specials, boozy ices, a coconut milk base, and a seasonal sorbet.
My trip to Ices was with a group of friends which actually turned into appetizers before our late dinner reservation. I had the chance to sample many things on the menu including Butter Pecan, Campfire S’mores, Salted Carmel Dulce de Leche, and Rocky Road, as well as two boozy ices, the Johnny Jump Up and Dark & Fancy. Although this seasonal selection will not be back until Fall, the Campfire S’mores was hands-down, the best ice cream I have ever tasted. The marshmallow ice cream base was infused with smoke flavor and topped with pieces of chocolate and graham cracker. To top it off, it appears that the ice cream is smoking when the liquid nitrogen escapes after removing the lid. One of my other favorites (and one that will be on the menu all summer) was the Salted Caramel Dulce de Leche. What makes this treat so amazing is the black salt that is sprinkled on top giving it a little texture and a hint of salty flavor. The boozy ices surprised me because they were served as a cup of ice cream instead of a shake. Instead of masking the taste of the alcohol, they are mixed with flavors that really highlight the liquor.
Ices Plain & Fancy is a great addition to the St. Louis ice cream scene and will keep kids and adults coming back for more. Just be sure to bring your patience because creative, custom orders take a little time to prepare and lines tend to go out the door.
Ices Plain & Fancy is located at 2256 S 39th Street, St. Louis, MO 63110
Open Wednesday thru Sunday, check the Ices Plain & Fancy website for times.