Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Chin Chin Labs

I've always been fascinated by Chemistry and it's probably one of my favourite subjects I've done so when I stepped into 'Chin Chin Labs' in Camden Lock, it was like heaven on earth. (It also had me reconsidering changing from an English Lit degree to Chemistry - that's how cool this shop is). 

You've probably guessed from the name it's designed to look like a lab. From the tanks of Liquid Nitrogen which make the smoothest, creamiest ice cream - The Liquid Nitrogen is supposed to make the ice cream crystal free therefore smoother, to the boiling tubes lined up with peculiar fizzing powders. Pipes of steel run up along the walls also adding to the lab theme and everything is made in front of you with many Vegan options available too. This place is awesome. 

I decided to go for the 'Salted Caramel' with Grilled White Chocolate and a shard of nut brittle and my cousin went for the 'Pondicherry Vanilla with Cardamom and Pistachio'. Both had the same silky smooth textures and these have to be one of the best ice creams I've had so far. 
The 'Salted Caramel' flavour was unlike any other salted caramel flavour I've had before. It was more bitter than I had expected but in a pleasant way as it  wasn't overly sweet. Grilled White Chocolate was something I had never heard of before. Grilled chocolate? How can you GRILL chocolate? Doesn't it just melt? I was intrigued. 
To be honest when I ate it, I found it to be just chunks of white chocolate with a strange grainy texture and a little too sweet for me.

However, the 'Pondicherry Vanilla with Cardamom and Pistachio', was just wonderful. Having never tried or even thought of the flavour combination of Cardamom and Pistachio, I was yet again intrigued. The flavour of the Cardamom coming through the Vanilla and Pistachio was not what I was expecting. It was unique yet alluring and I don't doubt you'll find yourself going for spoon after spoon of this wonderful flavour. 


Served in cardboard cups with little 5ml dose spoons

Valrhona Hot Chocolate - Very thick and chocolatey & an Americano



Not the best picture but look at all those flasks and beakers!

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it and if you ever visit Camden Market be sure to pop in and give this place a go!
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