ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A first of its kind ice cream shop has opened in Albuquerque and uses liquid nitrogen to create ice cream treats.
Frozenzone Ice Cream Factory on Montano Road between Second and Fourth streets is the creation of Bernalillo County firefighter Henry Gabaldon and his family.
Once inside, customers can see their ice cream made right before their eyes. Creations start with a liquid cream base and syrup or fruit for flavoring. Once in a mixer, liquid nitrogen is added to freeze the concoction within a minute. Then mix-in's such as chocolate chips, graham crackers, fruit, gummy bears and candy bars are added.
Gabaldon and his family have estimated they can make around 4,000 flavor combinations.
"If you think of it, we can make it for you," says Gabaldon
Gabaldon says he has always loved to cook and experiment with desserts. After seeing a Food Network program about liquid nitrogen ice cream, he was fascinated. He says the whole science of it all is interesting.
After some experimenting, Gabaldon and his family decided to take the plunge and set up shop.
"I thought it would be a good idea to bring the science to real life so people can see it ... it's a neat concept," says Gabaldon
The family decided the best place to open the store was in the neighborhood where they were born and raised. They have also decided to support another local business, New Mexico Pinon Coffee. Along with ice cream, Frozenzone offers a coffee bar with a featured monthly flavor from the coffee company.
Gabaldon says the new business is definitely a leap of faith, one he and his family hopes will pay off.
"We put trust in God and say this can work and that's what I have done, what my family has done," he says.
Frozenzone is located at 223 Montano Road NW. The shop's Facebook page can be found at Frozenzone Ice Cream Factory.
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