Do you love ice cream but want to see it taken to the next level? Then you need to check out the newest business to open its doors downtown, A La Mode Creamery. The creamery, located at 2 South Avenue West, serves rolled ice cream which is one of the newest food crazes to sweep across the country. Rolled ice cream is created when an ice cream base is poured onto a freezing metal surface and mixed with flavors chosen by the customer. The base and flavor are then spread out thin on the surface where they freeze before being rolled up and decorated with toppings.
The owners of A La Mode Creamery, Kevin Castor and Dan Doring, are former classmates who reconnected while working at Galloping Hill. Dan knew that he always wanted to be a business owner and when he came across the concept of rolled ice cream they both felt it was the perfect opportunity. Dan and Kevin love ice cream, and thought the engaging experience that rolled ice cream offers customers is truly unique.
Kevin and Dan trained for months in order to perfect their rolled ice cream technique. There was a lot of trial and error as they worked on making sure the mix had the correct consistency, the temperature on the machines wasn’t too cold or too warm, and insuring which flavors worked well as mix-ins. It took nearly 3 months before Kevin and Dan felt they had perfected the process and were able to create the highest quality rolled ice cream possible. They were then able to train their employees, stressing to them the goal of putting out a consistent product with every order.
A La Mode Creamery has 4 plates to create their rolled ice cream dishes, with one dish that is kept free of allergens. Ice cream base options include Vanilla (regular, dairy-free & gluten-free), Chocolate, Charcoal, and Green Tea. The creamery offers over 20 toppings including graham crackers, M&Ms, Oreos, chocolate chips, fruit, syrups, and more. A La Mode Creamery is also more than just an ice cream destination as it serves espresso, along with pastries, cake pops, muffins, and cookies, all provided by Cake Artist Cafe. The partners aimed to set their business apart from other ice cream shops by creating an upscale atmosphere. They want it to be not only a family destination, but also a place where people would feel comfortable going on a date or business meeting.
“We’re from Roselle Park, but knew we wanted to open in Cranford,” said Kevin. “We love the family atmosphere, foot traffic, and growing restaurant scene. We’re thrilled with the response from the local community and support from other local business owners.” We’re so happy Kevin and Dan chose downtown Cranford as the place to open A La Mode Creamery and we can’t wait to try out the next big thing in ice cream.
A La Mode Creamery
2 South Avenue West