See fresh ice cream frozen before your eyes at shop soon-to-open in Boca

Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream flash-freezes its ice cream using fresh ingredients. The Miami-based chain opens a Boca Raton location on Monday, June 19, 2017. (Courtesy)

BOCA RATON — Fittingly themed on the periodic table of elements, you can see the chemistry behind ice cream-making at Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream, a Miami-based chain opening a shop in Boca Raton.

The new shop, at the plaza on Yamato Road at Jog Road, opens Monday, with a grand opening planned in one to two weeks.

Fresh ingredients are flash-frozen in a cloud of smoke behind a glass barrier, so patrons can see their ice cream being made. It’s a trendy process that Chill-N founder and owner Daniel Golik brought to Miami nearly five years ago.

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“They get to see all the ingredients being mixed in,” Golik said. “It’s neat from them to see it being made.”

The Boca location is the sixth for the ice cream chain, and the northernmost.

“It’s a great market for families,” Golik said. The shop is just west of Spanish River High School.

Patrons pick their ingredients from a list that resembles a periodic table. They choose an ice cream or yogurt base (which includes a dairy-free coconut milk base), a flavor and “Mix-N’s” that include your typical ice cream toppings. Then they watch the shop employees flash-freeze their chemical concoction with nitrogen, which creates a cloud of smoke.

The nitrogen eliminates a need for a commercial freezer, Golik said, meaning you’ll get fresh, creamy ice cream without crystals every time.

The most popular flavor is Nutella. But Dulce De Leche, another fan favorite, is made from locally sourced, authentic Argentinian dulce de leche. The coffee flavor is also made from locally sourced Cuban espresso.

For more information about Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream, visit its Facebook page.