Ice cream is a fickle dessert—it keeps its cool when faced with an army of screaming spoon-holders but melts instantly when greeted by a smiling sun. Explore ice cream's elusive nature with today's Groupon: for $10, you get five regular cups of ice cream, including mix-ins and toppings, at Nitro Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt, with locations in Merrick and Syosset (a $22.50 value). Only one cup can be redeemed per visit, with the redemption being tracked on the Groupon printout.
A shroud of fog surrounds Nitro Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt's staff members, who employ chilly liquid nitrogen to concoct smooth and thick custom treats in a futuristic-themed setting. The creamery—recently featured in the New York Daily News—invites clientele to experiment with combinations and invent vaccines against brain freeze using a wide range of flavors, colorings, and an unlimited supply of mix-ins. The process begins by choosing a base ice-cream flavor such as vanilla, chocolate, or mint, which can be prepared from soymilk, non-fat yogurt, organic ingredients, or sorbet. After choosing the coloring and mix-ins—which include oreos, Kit Kat bars, and gummy bears—the mad doctors transmute the ingredients into a creamy mélange with an industrial blender and a liberal application of liquid nitrogen, all the while shrouded in a safe-yet-spooky fog. Visitors can also expand their palate without stretching out their tongue by tasting eclectic fixtures such as the Bacon 'n Eggs—a nutritious breakfast of bacon ice cream and a candy gummy egg.
Nitro Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt will be temporarily closed until March 1. Purchasers may use their Groupon after March 1 and through the expiration date.