Here's What Happened When I Tried One of Four Winters' Super Instagrammable Nitro-Frozen Scoops

If there's one food I'm undeniably addicted to, it's ice cream.

Seriously, I can't get enough of this creamy, delicious dessert, so when I got the opportunity to try a scoop of Four Winters ice cream, I obviously had to take it. I put on my best ice cream-eating jeans and headed on down to the Los Angeles shop for a quick bite.

Four Winters actually started in London and only opened their first ever U.S. location this summer. Although each scoop is beautifully crafted and totally Instagrammable, that's not all that makes Four Winters so appealing. They also use locally sourced ingredients and toppings that are made fresh in-house everyday. Combine that with their liquid nitrogen technology and you have a creamy dessert that's both delicious and unique.

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Looking at the Four Winters menu, there were a huge variety of flavors. Fudge Brownie, Cereal Crunch and C3 Dough fell on the more classic side, while Lemon Berry Cloud and Vegan Chai Spice represented some of the more adventurous flavors. On top of that, seasonal flavors are switched out every month, making my decision on which scoop to get, nearly impossible.

After quite a bit of deliberation, I finally settled on Knafeh. One of the more popular scoops, Knafeh brings the flavors of a classic middle-eastern dessert to the creamy texture of ice cream. It combines sweet cream ice cream with rose-scented simple syrup, toasted kataifi dough, and crushed pistachios. Although you have the option to add your own toppings to any scoop, I already had no idea what to expect from the Knafeh flavor, so I just decided to leave it alone. 

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I'm not even going to pretend to understand how exactly the ice cream is made, as I could probably burn water if I really tried, but I do know that all the ingredients were tossed into a KitchenAid mixer that was then flooded with liquid nitrogen. Next thing I knew, I was being handed an expertly-made scoop of Knafeh ice cream.

Upon first taste, I immediately fell in love with this flavor. It's undeniably sweet, but the rose syrup gives the flavor a floral element that totally tones down the sugar factor. As much as I love ice cream, I tend to get overwhelmed easily by hyper-rich flavors and neglect to finish my serving. But with the perfect balance of the Knafeh flavor, I downed my entire scoop in record time.

Not only was the rose flavor combined with the sweet cream ice cream incredibly enjoyable, I also loved the balance of crunch that the pistachios and kataifi dough added to my scoop. I tend to get irritated if there are too many elements detracting from the creaminess of the ice cream, but Knafeh has just enough crunch to keep it interesting. There's also a notable creaminess to the ice cream that I can only guess comes from the fresh ingredients and the liquid nitrogen freezing process, which made the entire experience super enjoyable.

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As a self-declared ice cream connoisseur, I can confidently say that Four Winters makes quite the incredible scoop. And I eat a lot of ice cream, so trust me, I would know. I'll definitely be heading back soon to try out one of their new flavors.


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