Before the invention of gelato in 1565, the only lickable frozen treat available was snowman heads that had been stuck on pikes for displeasing the king. Savor some sweet, creamy magic with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of gelato, sorbet, and coffee at N’iceCream. This Groupon is good at N'iceCream's three locations in Venice and Santa Monica.
Out of nearly 250 different kinds of organic gelato and sorbet flavors made from local, seasonal fruit whenever possible, N’iceCream picks 16 to showcase each day, ensuring they're never more than 12 hours old. N’iceCream sweetens its frozen delights with cane sugar, eschewing the artificial preservatives and colors that are so common among sorbets and donated kidneys today. A scoop or two ($3.50–$4.50) of elegant stracciatella or playful peanut-butter gelato causes taste buds to bloom like a time-lapsed rose, especially when garnished with a sprinkling of homemade toppings ($.50). Delight a finicky family by scooping up a half liter ($9.50) of three customer’s-choice flavors such as salted caramel, cookie crunch, or orange cream.
For patrons whose jaws are still wired shut after failed attempts to invent a new sport called self-boxing, N’iceCream blends two scoops of their choice—be it vanilla bean or silky hazelnut—into a refreshing milkshake or smoothie ($4.50). Make a thicker, creamier shake by dolloping an additional scoop ($5.50) of pistachio or classic chocolate. N'iceCream also caffeinates the enervated with organic coffee ($1–$2) so that they can engage in a stimulating game of I Spy with their hot-chocolate-drinking counterparts ($2–$3).