The Secret of Success

What can turn an ordinary dish into something Extraordinary? We asked some local experts to share what makes their creations unique


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Ice Cream

Secret Ingredient: Liquid nitrogen

From: Nice Modern Creamery

Nice Modern Creamery’s secret ingredient isn’t exactly a secret; it’s more of a specialty. So special that no other creamery in Michigan uses it. A -320 degree ingredient, liquid nitrogen instantly freezes Nice’s homemade cream base in a showy cloud of vapor, minimizing the size of the ice crystals and creating a smooth and creamy texture. The idea came to owner Dan Bora while traveling on business. Flavors include homemade salted caramel and Nutella and banana as well as biweekly specials such as the Biscoff Voyage, which combines the European cookie with coffee-flavored ice cream, harpooned by a syringe of Nutella sauce. Given its location inside Bora’s Biggby Coffee franchise in Madison Heights (with its own entrance and picnic tables out back), coffee figures prominently in  the product, including  an affogato made with Madagascar vanilla bean ice cream topped with a fresh shot of espresso. Nice incorporates local and organic ingredients whenever possible and makes the frozen treats to order. The niceties expand beyond ice cream. (Or “nice cream?”) Bora, a founder of the Charity Cup, combined his love of food and philanthropy when he started the CupforCup campaign, which donates a cup of water to impoverished nations through the Hope Water Project for each cup of ice cream sold. Their slogan speaks to their nice nature: “We believe dessert can change the world.” —Lexi Trimpe

31055 John R Rd., Madison Heights;; 248-588-1180

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