Doughnuts are great. Ice cream is divine. And perhaps you’ve occasionally fantasized about a doughnut topped with ice cream. A new millennial-courting New York dessert shop is taking that dream one step further.
Stuffed Ice Cream, started by a couple of 20-somethings from Brooklyn (natch) in Manhattan’s East Village (double natch), is introducing to the Instagramming masses an artisanal ice-cream stuffed house-made glazed doughnut — and then, to take its next-level creation to yet the next level, topping it off with rainbow sprinkles, Fruity Pebbles, cookie crumbs, Cap’n Crunch, almonds, mochi, or other snap-worthy bits and pieces.
The “Cruffs,” as the treats are called, have names like Matcha-Ma-Call-It, Mint Monster and (sigh) Unicorn Poop, and yes, the kids are lining up for them – and sharing their pics on social media. The place has been only a month and its Yelp page is already stuffed with photos and glowing reviews.
“Just when you thought that there was enough dessert in the city, Stuffed Ice Cream comes and sweeps you off your feet,” gushed Maggie Z. of Middle Village, NY.
“I got the white chocolate lavender and Cookie Monster, and to my surprise, they were not overwhelming nor too sweet,” wrote Keen L. from New York, NY. “I … would go for seconds if I had an extra stomach.”
“I thought combination of the warm doughnut and cold ice cream would be weird and have a odd consistency, but they work well together,” Camille M. from Flushing, NY, weighed in. “I don’t know how they do it!”
That mystery is deliberate on the founders’ part: Although Alan Yuang and Jackie Luu freely admitted, in an interview with the New York Post, that they came up with their recipe by Googling and then tweaking recipes they found online to meet the “high bar” held by NYC dessert lovers, they have kept the methods (and machinery) by which they keep the doughnut warm and the ice cream cold “top secret.”
(Honestly, couldn’t you just add the cold ice cream to the sliced doughnut at the last minute? Do you really need — and do they really have — a special machine for dual temperature maintenance?)
Anyhow, people are digging these ice-creamy doughnuts and leaving the place pleasantly … stuffed. Wet wipes are in plentiful supply, so don’t worry about messing up your hands. Only your diet.
Photo courtesy of @stuffedicecreamnyc