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Wildest ice cream in town

Are you ready for black truffle with McDonald’s french fries? In ice cream? At a one-time pop-up this Saturday

Posted June 6, 2012 by Mari Taketa

If you’ve been to Prima, you’ve probably heard about the Cap’n Crunch gelato. Nestled among other flavors like chocolate, cherry and lilikoi, Cap’n Crunch is baker/pastry chef Alejandro Briceno’s tribute to the peanutty-sweet breakfast cereal, an instant hit when the Kailua restaurant opened last year.

Word: Cap’n Crunch was tame. What’s coming up at Briceno’s first ice cream pop-up this Saturday, a collaboration with Prima’s Kimmie Oi and former Morimoto Waikiki executive pastry chef Daniel Skurnick, is stuff dessert makers dream about.

Some dessert makers, anyway. Think flavors too unconventional for most restaurant patrons, an ounce each of 15 to 20 varieties but basically all you can eat (come on, 16 ounces = 1 pound of ice cream — in one sitting?). “This is not about playing it safe,” Briceno says. “This is stuff I always wanted to make, the flavors I think about making, but couldn’t in a restaurant. It’s going to be wild.”

A partial menu:

  • Black truffle with McDonald’s french fries
  • Kiawe-smoked chocolate
  • Pickled mango sorbet
  • Spicy watermelon with prosciutto powder
  • “Banana” ice cream with banana blossom, banana leaf and zero banana fruit
  • Irish car bomb with Guinness and a hard liquor I can’t remember
  • All-berry Cap’n Crunch, six boxes of Cap’n Crunch whose berry flavors have been painstakingly sorted, each flavor getting its own treatment
  • Buttered popcorn ice cream with hurricane mix
  • Shrimp ice cream with candied garlic chips
  • Chocolate-covered pretzel
  • Corn Flakes and bourbon
  • Tomato sorbet-stuffed cherry tomatoes with fennel croutons
  • Jasmine rice and pandan ice cream with mango jam

All ice creams and sorbets. Other flavors, including a mountain apple one Briceno is still playing with, are in the works. I’m going because this is too wild not to. If you’re interested, here’s the info:

What: Ice Cream Bar&D
When: Saturday, June 9, 2 and 4 p.m.
Where: R&D, 691 Auahi St. in Kakaako
Cost: $25
Tickets: Order online here

UPDATE: Online tickets have sold out. Walk-in tickets will be available at the 2 and 4 p.m. seatings on Saturday.


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  1. Soos2005
    Posted June 6, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Ooh: spicy watermelon, tomato sorbet! Envious, NonStopMari !

  2. nonstopmari
    Posted June 6, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    @Soos2005 i have u to thank for the special pills that will make me lactose tolerant for this occasion. If i can, i will save u something wild :)

  3. turkfontaine
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 6:34 am


  4. nonstopmari
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 6:38 am

    @turkfontaine Tame.

  5. Posted June 7, 2012 at 7:32 am

    These flavors are kind of insane. I’d try the Cap’n Crunch one for sure! 

  6. nonstopmari
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 9:48 am

     @annedreshfield i’m curious abt the different cap’n crunch flavors. and i’m dying to try the mcdonald’s french fries ice cream

  7. Posted June 7, 2012 at 10:34 am

     @nonstopmari Absolutely! I’d love the taste of McDonald’s fries in any form. ;) 

  8. 808marv
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 11:13 am

    As Johnny Carson used to say, or at least Dana Carvey’s impression of Johnny used to say, that is some weird wild stuff.   Intriguing though…

  9. nonstopmari
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 11:18 am

     @808marv ‘intriguing’??! marv, i’ve seen u eat enough fried ice cream. where is ur sense of culinary adventure?
    i miss johnny carson.

  10. 808marv
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 11:00 pm

     @nonstopmari hey I went to snout-to-tail, that was adventurous right? ;)  On Saturday you can do your best Carson as Art Fern and go “mmm that’s good (fill in the blank)” lol.  

  11. nonstopmari
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    @808marv Thats right, u ate spleen and everything! I take it back ;)

  12. Soos2005
    Posted June 8, 2012 at 2:48 pm

     @nonstopmari  @Soos2005
    Welcome! Saving ice sounds too complicated! Advice: start with one pill before you even walk in the door. Take the next one right after dairy passes your lips. The third is just insurance! I can get by with one pill if I eat 2 scoops of ice cream/gelato. (Rare.) Soft cheeses are more dangerous than hard ones. Yogurt and milk, forget it – asking for GRIEF! Have FUN!

About Mari Taketa

Mari Taketa is a dedicated eater who's as opinionated as she is hungry. She covered everything from neighborhood mom-and-pop places to ethnic eateries to fine dining restaurants on Honolulu's dining scene for Metromix Honolulu and The Honolulu Advertiser's TGIF. Before that, she ate her way through Vietnam, Scotland and Japan, where she lived, traveled or worked, after recovering from a journalism career that included stints as editor-in-chief of Hawaii Business magazine and reporter and editor at The Associated Press. Her goals are to always be hungry for more, and to always want to know what's around the next corner.

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