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 à la minute is an ice cream shop in Redlands, Orange, Claremont and Temecula, California.

A few days ago my mom, son and I wandered into a new ice cream shop that opened in one of the historic buildings that line the downtown shopping area.

I’d heard things about it like ‘made-to-order’, ‘dry ice’ and ‘long lines’. I’d seen the long line stretching out the door and down the block when the Thursday night farmer’s market was in full swing a couple of blocks away.

Well, at noon on a Tuesday before school is out, there were only three other people in the tiny shop as we walked in the à la minute ice cream shop.

And was greeted by this menu.

Amazing right?

Even better was the day’s special…

Yes. The orange honey (made from local oranges and honey) was a close second but any food containing lavender always gets my attention.

While my mom tried to keep my son from playing with the rustic decor I ordered the daily special for my son and I to share, and a mint chip for my mom.

Yes, the ice cream is made to order right there- hence their name, referencing a cooking term meaning “cooked to order”. Each order of ice cream is made separately in one of three KitchenAid stand mixers in front of the customers. There’s video on their website showing the process (start at 1:27 to see the orange honey being made).

The menu changes regularly, and there is even a ‘secret menu’ that you can ask about when the shop is not super-busy (I heard olive oil ice cream is an option, among others).

There is one lonely bistro set outside and just stools to sit on inside making it especially hard for a squirmy 2 1/2 year old, but it makes for a sweet treat when walking the downtown area.

So to pass the time, I held my son up so he could see the ice cream being made over the counter. It was amazing to see the liquid nitrogen pouring over the KitchenAid mixer bowls as they churned up ice cream in a couple of minutes.

Then I sent him outside with my mom, promising to bring the ice cream out when they were ready.

Of course I had a sample first.

Hello beautiful.

We took ours on the road, eating it in a nearby parking lot.

My son’s version of sharing was hogging half the cup then telling me I needed to share as I took big bites to compensate.

Seriously, lavender blueberry ice cream- it was like an expensive scented candle in my mouth. In a good way.

Enjoy a scoop while shopping downtown Redlands or show your kids some fun science while indulging in local flavors and fresh ingredients.

A La Minute

19 East Citrus Avenue #105
Redlands, CA  92373

Monday – Thursday    12pm to 9pm
Friday & Saturday      12pm to 11pm
Sunday                       closed

The smallest cup is $4, with a pint going for $10. if you plan on taking it with you somewhere let them know and they will make it a little colder so it won’t melt as fast.

I can’t wait for my next made-to-order scoop- I already told my husband I want a date night ice cream trip soon!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this review.

Megan loves any kind of ice cream she can get and has passed on the love to her son. She can be found enjoying her melting ice cream at Sunshine Wonderland.

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14 comments

    • Megan 30 May, 2012 at 13:45 Reply

      It would be worth the hour drive to get some. I can lay out an entire. dinner menu for you in that neighborhood. Yum!

      • Sarah Auerswald 30 May, 2012 at 18:45 Reply

        Do tell! I like some homemade ice cream, myself! It would be worth the drive this summer. Let us know where else to go – this sounds fabulous. Thanks!

  1. Wendy 30 May, 2012 at 21:16 Reply

    That menu sound off the charts good! I was wondering how they were churning out ice cream while customers waited. But alas, liquid nitrogen. Got it. Did yours stay firm and cold? My experience with liquid nitrogen made ice cream was that it melted pretty quickly. Anyway, yum!

  2. Amelia 30 May, 2012 at 21:18 Reply

    I can’t believe this ice cream is made to order!! I don’t even get how that’s possible! But looks and sounds delicious. And love the part about one adult needing to field 2-yr-old destruction while the other orders – typical!

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