What’s nitrogen-frozen ice cream? Get a free taste in Gardens

Deb Terzi watches as Soldiah Jean mixes made-to-order yogurt frozen with liquid nitrogen at Dr. Freeze, a new dessert shop at 4773 PGA Blvd. in the Mainstreet at Midtown complex in Palm Beach Gardens. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

A Palm Beach Gardens treat shop specializing in liquid-frozen ice cream and fancy desserts will celebrate National Ice Cream Day Sunday with free samples and an eating contest.

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Dr. Freeze had a soft opening at 4773 PGA Blvd. in the Midtown Plaza in April. In addition to the free samples and eating contest, the celebration 12 to 4 p.m. will feature a dessert decorating contest and giveaways every hour, according to a news release. One of prize is an ice cream party for 10 people.

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The ice cream frozen on the spot with liquid nitrogen contains less air than traditional ice cream, which means it has better flavor and melts faster, owner Jorge Belem said in April.

Jorge and Helena Belem pose for a photo at their Dr. Freeze dessert shop, 4773 PGA Blvd., in Main Street at Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens. The first shop is in Brazil, and the Belem’s franchise is the first in the United States. Dr. Freeze sells ice cream frozen with nitrogen, artisanal desserts and milk shakes. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

Jorge and Helena Belem, Dr. Freeze franchise co-owner and Jorge’s wife, are originally from Curitiba in the state of Paraná in the mountains of Brazil, south of São Paulo. They moved to the United States in 2014.

“We are pleased to offer something fun and unique for the residents and contribute to the community as small business owners,” Jorge Belem said in a news release.

Dr. Freeze operates seven stores in Brazil. This store is the first Dr. Freeze franchise in the United States. Another store is being built in San Diego, according to the news release.

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