In a literal sense, Rocket Science Ice Cream is likely the “coolest” thing made in Elkhart County. It’s 321 degrees below zero, to be exact.
Rocket Science Ice Cream, located inside Coppes Commons in Nappanee, offers a new twist on ice cream: It’s made-to-order and flash-frozen using liquid nitrogen.
“Flash-freezing results in less air pockets and less ice crystals for a smoother product,” owner Eddie Schwartz said. “In the end, you get this velvety, creamy ice cream. It’s fresh, and it’s smooth. Even if people don’t like ice cream, they’ll like our ice cream.”
Rocket Science started as a science experiment in a trailer in Osceola and was so popular that a storefront was first opened in Nappanee in 2011.
Eddie and Hannah Schwartz purchased the business in 2017.
“We just thought it was a cool concept and have enjoyed it since,” Hannah said.
Others have enjoyed it, too. Even on a cold February day, a steady stream of customers stood behind the window and watched as their custom creation was frozen using liquid nitrogen that poured out of the iconic rocket ship.
The Rocket Science motto is: “We don’t scoop, we create.”
Most creations start with a cream base purchased from a dairy in Michigan (dairy-free options are available, too). Customers then choose from a list of classic recipes or can customize their own cup from a list of more than 50 ingredients.
“It’s fun to meet the customers and see the awesome flavors they come up with,” Eddie said. “The flavors and combinations are almost endless.”
Just like Eddie and Hannah encourage their customers to be creative, they encourage their team – which ranges in size from about two employees to up to 10 in the busy summer tourism months – to come up with their own creations, too.
Recently, they’ve added a new line of bubble teas and started making waffle cones and waffle bowls. An employee also came up with the “Cookie Blaster,” the ice cream shop’s popular take on an ice cream sandwich.
No matter what is added to the menu in the future, Rocket Science Ice Cream will always stay true to its roots: Using liquid nitrogen to craft a creamy, smooth, and original treat.
“Everybody is happy when they stand in front of the window and watch their ice cream frozen in front of their eyes,” Hannah said.
At Rocket Science Ice Cream, the visual experience is just as fantastic as the taste experience. When you visit, the staff focuses on your order of ice cream. Each individual serving is crafted from a premium ice cream mix and real fruits, nuts, candies, and sauces using their own special recipes or ingredients that you pick. It is then quick-frozen right before your eyes with liquid nitrogen.
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Nappanee, IN 46550
“Flash-freezing results in less air pockets and less ice crystals for a smoother product. In the end, you get this velvety, creamy ice cream. It’s fresh, and it’s smooth. Even if people don’t like ice cream, they’ll like our ice cream.”