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Grand Opening of new C.R.E.A.M. Palo Alto store FREE Ice CREAM Sandwich Sat 6/15/13 from 11-9

  • hhc Jun 12, 2013 06:08 PM
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C.R.E.A.M FREE Ice CREAM Sandwiches in Palo Alto Sat 6/15/13 from 11-9

Come celebrate the grand opening of CREAM of Palo Alto on Saturday June 15th, 11AM - 9PM. 440 University Ave, Palo Alto.

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  1. Has anyone had a chance to try this new spot, free ice cream or not?

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      I tried it last night. Crazy long line at 9-10 PM (over a half hour wait). Sandwiches are $2.50 each, and the cookies are actually warm upon serving, which was a nice surprise but also forces you to eat it immediately.

      I got the green tea ice cream and liked it on its own (pretty dense and flavorful), but with cookies on the outside, it's harder to taste the ice cream inside unless it's a more assertive flavor.

      I'll be back when it's les busy to try the other flavors.

      1. re: Jon914

        I tried the one in Berkeley last year (they have three stores now) and also found the ice-cream very subtle when paired with the cookie, even with the mint chocolate chip :/

        http://www.creamnation.com/index.html
        http://www.creamnation.com/location.html

        1. re: Jon914

          Scanning the website, the emphasis seems to be on the fresh baked cookies.

          Do they make ice cream there?

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            I've not been to the PA location, but at the Berkeley shop it's just warm Otis Spunkmeyer & ice cream is Double Rainbow. Nothing special about the ice cream sandwiches just that it's cheap. There's Always a line!!

            1. re: hhc

              Ah, and now I understand why the cookies aren't described as homemade nor the ice cream. Because they're not.

              1. re: hhc

                Yeah, I think the long/late hours and price are making this a business model that works for them in university-adjacent locations (they also seem to be planning a shop near UC Davis). That doesn't explain Walnut Creek, however!

              2. re: Melanie Wong

                I talked to the owner, Matt Peterson. He said that they do not use Otis Spunkmeyer dough; he said they use their own dough, although he didn't elaborate as to whether it was made "from scratch" on site, or shipped in pre-made from the franchise factory.

          2. The palo alto location still has a crazy long line every evening. About an hour long by the looks of it, all college kids hanging out.

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            1. re: bbulkow

              Or highschool. Lines all day.

            2. Had a chance to try this yesterday. Cappucino cookie and Cup of Joe ice cream. Cookie too sweet. Not much cappucino flavor. Ice cream had good coffee flavor and was frozen enough so it didn't turn into a mush ball...

              Friend wasn't as lucky. Salted caramel ice cream very melty/goopy so the whole thing practically disintegrated before our eyes.

              MAJOR HINT: "Secret Menu" - you can get 1/2 sandwhich which would suit me much better. Didn't see this on the menu until it was too late...

              All things considered, novelty one time but I probably won't do it again.

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              1. re: RWCFoodie

                What time did you go, how long was the line ?

                1. re: bbulkow

                  I think it was around 1:30 or 2:00. Only 3 people in line in front of us. By the time we were at the cash register there were at least 10-12 people behind us.

                  The line was moving slowly. It seemed as though a couple of the servers were in training. They were having a bit of difficulty scooping the ice cream and assembling the sandwiches...

                2. re: RWCFoodie

                  I feel like putting salted or alcohol flavored coffee in an ice cream sandwich is asking for disaster. The freezing points are harder to achieve and they melt so easily. Good to know that this is an averagy place - I have a feeling I'm going to have to wait for a cold, rainy miserable day during winter break before the lines will be short enough.

                3. Just a little bit of intel: They're opening a CREAM in downtown San Jose (S 1st & Post). Coming soon signs are up.

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                  1. re: robertee

                    Thanks for the tip. I checked their website & they mention San Mateo location coming soon also - no address listed so hope local San Mateo folks will find it.

                    http://www.creamnation.com/