Unlike other ice cream shops at which frozen ice cream is stored, Creamistry employees make ice cream on-site and in front of customers.
Using liquid nitrogen at minus 321 degrees Fahrenheit, the ice cream is created using a freeze-flash process that combines ice cream ingredients with 1 percent air compared with traditional ice cream that incorporates 30-40 percent air into the product, local franchise owner Cash Rawal said. The product is non-dairy and vegan, he said.
A father, Rawal said he moved to the Lakeway area two years ago because the local schools have a good reputation. He said he was looking for a good ice cream shop to add to the area.
While at Creamistry’s Temecula, California, a location owned by his wife’s cousin, Rawal said he realized he wanted to bring the ice cream concept back to Central Texas. He said the newness and creativity of the product gave him the perfect excuse to go back to work after seven years of retirement. Creamistry opened seven months later, he said.
Rawal’s wife, Minar, and business partner, Mohit Kakkad, also work at the new Lakeway site along with area students.
“There are 9,300 kids in this community, and most of my employees are Lake Travis High School students and recent graduates,” Rawal said. “They are doing a fabulous job and are so mature.”
One of those employees is Dyanna Baldereas, who said she loves the Creamistry environment.
“I love looking at the people’s faces when they get to try the ice cream for the first time, especially the little kids,” Baldereas said.
Customers choose a serving size and milk base, which include premium, organic, non-dairy sorbet or coconut. The customer then chooses a flavor—including Fruity Pebbles cereal, Nutella or hazelnut—and a topping—including mocha and kiwi.
Creamistry has more than 70 combinations of flavors and toppings with birthday cake and milk coffee ice cream flavors the most popular flavors, Rawal said.
“We make everything fresh, from the waffle bowls to the brownie toppings,” he said.
Ice cream prices range from $5.50 for a single scoop to $8.50 for a double scoop. Nitroshakes, drinkable Creamistry ice cream, is $7.50.
With its unique way of doing things, word of Creamistry’s opening has spread throughout the area with customers coming from Johnson City, Dripping Springs and Round Rock, Rawal said. Because of the shop’s popularity, the store’s first employees had to handle large evening rushes of customers, but more employees have since been hired, he said.
“I have worked in 20 states and seen half the world. I have to say that Lakeway has the best people. I love living here,” Rawal said.
1900 S. RR 620, Ste. 400, Lakeway
Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily