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By Elena Kadvany

Opening alert: Creamistry in downtown Palo Alto

Uploaded: Sep 13, 2016

Downtown Palo Alto got a new ice-cream shop this week with the opening of Creamistry, a franchise that serves made-to-order ice cream using liquid nitrogen.

Creamistry has soft opened at 164 University Ave. and is holding a grand opening on Friday, Sept. 16. Head in on Friday from 5-8 p.m. to get a single "premium" ice cream for free.

Ice-cream franchise Creamistry took over 164 University Ave. after Selix Formal Wear closed in 2015. Photo by Elena Kadvany.

At Creamistry, customers can choose from several bases to design their own ice cream — "premium," organic, sorbet, coconut or Greek yogurt — and then supplement it with more than 70 flavors, and toppings. Flavors range from classics like chocolate, French vanilla and caramel to nutella, roasted black sesame, birthday cake, tiramisu, matcha green tea and French Toast Crunch. There are also special ice cream-based based drinks like an affogato (traditionally a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a shot of espresso), floats and “creations” (scoops of ice cream layered with sauces and toppings, served in a large cup). Ingredients are all-natural and organic, according to the Creamistry website.

The Creamistry concept is very similar to the neighboring Scoop Microcreamery on University Avenue (except there, the ice cream is made with liquid nitrogen in small batches rather than to order) and Smitten Ice Cream in Los Altos.

Creamistry Palo Alto, which replaced Selix Formal Wear, is open daily from noon to 11 p.m.