Located at the heart of New York in East Village, 139 1st Avenue, you’ll find the most adorable ice cream shop. Stuffed Ice Cream is famed for its unique twist on ice cream. The shop offers bouquets, cakes and Cruffs in a variety of fun, extravagant flavors. What exactly is a Cruff? It’s essentially the combination of the words “cream” and “stuffed” and defined as, “a perfectly toasted, glazed donut stuffed with your ice cream flavor and toppings of choice.” We knew we had to visit this exciting dessert shop before leaving New York.
When we arrived, we were welcomed by a brightly-colored sign of a stuffed ice cream cake. The teal paint made the entrance stand out against the many other buildings on that street, and we could not wait to go in! (Also a plus: it’s right across the street from several bus stops if you’re taking a tour bus around).
Stuffed Ice Cream goes beyond traditional ice cream flavors, serving flavors such as Burnt Honeycomb, Fruity Pebbles, Rice Krispies and White Chocolate Lavender. The names alone had us drooling, and it was refreshing to see such a variety of interesting flavors available. After much contemplation, we decided on trying out a bouquet, with SEVEN scoops of ice cream. The flavors we chose were: Thai Iced Tea, Fruity Pebbles, Mango Colada, Cookie Monster, White Chocolate Lavender, Vietnamese Coffee and Red Velvet. It was truly a beautiful sight. The colors were incredibly vibrant (though likely from artificial coloring) and we could not help taking photos with this amazing bouquet.
As soon as we were done with pictures, we immediately dove our spoons in to taste the ice cream. We were impressed to say the least. Each flavor had a distinct taste, true to its name. The texture was creamy and thick, while other ice cream brands can be too airy. We were pleasantly surprised by how yummy the ice cream was, on top of being so aesthetic. Personal favorites were the Mango Colada, with its sweet mango sensation, and the Thai iced tea, which tasted as refreshing, spiced and calming as its drink counterpart.
Stuffed Ice Cream is not your typical dessert shop and we would highly recommend checking it out, especially in this summer heat. If you ever find yourself in the Big Apple, make sure to swing by. Otherwise, what the cruff?