What’s better than liquid nitrogen ice cream, milkshakes, coffees and espressos?
I’ll tell you – liquid nitrogen ice cream, milkshakes, coffees, espressos and adult mixin’s.
Buzzed Bull Creamery isn’t your average, every day run-of-the-mill ice cream shop. This ice cream shop has something the whole family can enjoy – plus a little something extra special for the grown-ups.
What is Buzzed Bull Creamery?
From the moment you step foot inside Buzzed Bull Creamery, you know you’re in for a real treat – pun entirely intended.
Buzzed Bull harnesses the power of liquid nitrogen to make their delightful frozen desserts.
In case you are wondering, this process involves a simple series of steps. It is essentially flash-freezing ingredients like cream, milk, vanilla, sugar, etc., with a short burst of liquid nitrogen. The result produces a small, billowy fog and an instant frozen cup of nitro milkshake goodness.
The process happens quickly and in real-time, so the end product is usually smoother, denser, more flavorful and fresher than traditional ice cream.
The taste is fantastic.
But that’s not where the uniqueness of this creamery ends.
Is Buzzed Bull Creamery family-friendly?
Yes, Buzzed Bull offers something for all ages.
But guests 21 and up get to choose between a “buzzed” and “non-buzzed” experience. So the kids will have just as many sweet treat options to choose from.
Buzzed treats, as the name might suggest, are alcohol-infused. With all specialties, you can add one of Buzzed Bull Creamery’s suggested liquors or select your own.
Each of these creations starts at about 5% ABV, but additional shots can be added for an extra charge.
How does Buzzed Bull Creamery work?
Guests are asked to pick from one of Buzzed Bull’s 30 different ice cream flavors and select their toppings and mix-ins.
A variety of premium ice creams include vanilla, chocolate ice cream, chocolate peanut butter fudge ice cream, orange cake batter ice cream, chocolate peanut butter ice cream, peanut butter, Nutella, cake batter, mint, espresso, maple, butter pecan, honey, brownie batter, strawberry, banana, pineapple, tiger stripes, cherry and coconut.
Enjoy some traditional treats such as a banana split or strawberry shortcake. They also have dreamsicle, lemon cake and cherry cordial as popular choices as well.
Sorbet bases and premium frozen yogurt are also available, as are non-dairy options.
Toppings and extras include M&M’s, Reese’s, Snickers, Butterfingers, Oreo’s, Snickers, chocolate chips, graham crackers, gummy worms, waffle cone pieces, chocolate brownies, peanut butter cups, walnuts, peanuts, pecans, almonds, chocolate sprinkles, rainbow sprinkles, cookie dough and whipped cream.
Sauces include chocolate sauce, marshmallow syrup and peanut butter sauce.
Don’t forget to ask for the cherry on top. Of course, you can also make that a ‘shine cherry if you prefer.
How the idea for this ice cream shop began
How does one come up with the idea for an infused liquid nitrogen ice cream shop? We talked to Buzzed Bull Creamery’s creator and CEO, Colten Mounce to get the scoop. Last ice cream pun, I promise.
“This concept came up with my wife and I sitting on the couch eating vanilla ice cream and drinking Bourbon. This was 2013 – and there was really nothing like this at the time,” says Mounce.
“Initially, all I wanted to do was be a customer. I wondered where I could go buy [alcohol-infused ice cream]. We started looking around there was just nothing out there. We started talking to friends and family and everyone just thought this was the coolest idea in the world. That’s when we really said – ‘OK, I think we have something here.'”
The Pigeon Forge location is one of many in the rapidly expanding Buzzed Bull franchise.
“We developed the concept … and started franchising in 2018. We have locations going in from here to Phoenix to Dallas to Atlanta and just about everywhere in between.”
Shiv Patel and his wife Mishika are the co-owners of Buzzed Bull in Pigeon Forge. They met Mounce while visiting one of his other locations. They fell in love with the concept and asked about opening one in East Tennessee.
Naturally, Mounce thought Buzzed Bull Creamery would be a great fit for the area.
“This is a fun unique concept, and it seems like this town loves unique concepts. We thought [Pigeon Forge] would be a fantastic location to really be able to expand the brand on a national level,” says Mounce.
“[Opening in 2020] delayed us a bit just because we were having issues with supply chains, inventory and equipment. We got opened down here as quickly as we possibly could,” says Mounce.
Despite the delays, Buzzed Bull’s many new locations have been eager to open their doors.
Over 700 million different ways to make an ice cream
Mounce also talked about the unique process of using liquid nitrogen to make their signature selections.
“Everything is frozen using liquid nitrogen. What that allows us to do is a couple of different things: It allows people to customize everything from your mix-ins, to toppings and flavors and your alcohol as well. It really gives you an endless number of combinations. We have something like 700 million different ways you can make ice cream,” says Mounce.
“There’s a specialty menu board right behind the register – those are fan favorites – stuff that previous customers and employees have come up with. We try to leverage the fact that there are a lot of people out that have really creative ideas. I’m not above shamelessly taking great ideas and turning them into flavors that everyone else will love.”
Buzzed Bull Creamery also prides itself on making sure each customer who walks through the door is happy with their selection.
“We will give you what our suggested buzz is for each flavor and we can also help with creating your own flavors and help you with what kind of alcohols will work and what will turn out weird. We want to make sure everyone has a great experience when they come in.”
Adding a local flavor with Ole Smoky
Buzzed Bull Creamery customers might also recognize a few familiar names behind the counter – most notably, Ole Smoky.
“When we first opened we found a great relationship with Ole Smoky. So that was one of the first things we put on the menu,” says Mounce.
“We got involved with a number of liquor distributors, and they brought in an Ole Smoky rep about a month and a half prior to opening. We hit it off really well. Originally, we had a different recipe for our Hard Apple Pie. Just based on how good the relationship was, I was like, ‘Dude, let’s see if we can change this up and utilize your product.'”
Some Ole Smoky Moonshine concoctions are exclusive to the local franchise locations. For instance, Ole Smoky’s Peanut Butter Whiskey.
“It makes sense to try and carry as many local liquors as possible. From state to state, we don’t always get the same alcohol varieties that are available for sale.”
Are there any other Buzzed Bull locations?
Each Buzzed Bull location is locally opened and operated. Currently, the franchise has stores in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas.
The location in Pigeon Forge is located at 3239 Parkway, Pigeon Forge TN.
There’s also a location in Sevierville at 750 Winfield Dunn Pkwy Suite #140, as well as one location in Knoxville.
Certainly, the relaxation, the appeal of the premium ice cream and the quality of your dessert make for a memorable ice cream parlor experience.
To learn more, visit them online.
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