Cookie Monster Toast – Cookes & Cream Ice Cream, Butter, Condensed Milk, Oreos, Chocolate Sauce
Penguin Puff Waffle – Ube Ice Cream, Graham Cracker, Pocky, Caramel Sauce
Cotton Candy Unicorn Macaron
Salted Caramel Monkey Macaron
Cookies and Cream Panda Macaron
Suffice it to say that with their website listing of $9 Cupcakes and an ‘about us’ section beginning with “I’m a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It’s easy” CreamBerry is not doing itself any favors in terms of marketing, yet when only one Dessert at The Black Sheep left diners craving something else sweet a 5 minute drive saw the small store across South Rainbow from Gelatology fairly busy, all but one table full and a steady flow of traffic keeping the youngsters behind the counter moving.
Originally opened in November of 2016, the original idea of Ice Cream, Smoothies and Acai Bowls evolving with time to include Hong Kong Egg Waffles, Honey Toast and Macarons plus Shave Ice, Shakes and Scoops of Ice Cream imported from California, guests visiting CreamBerry will immediately be struck by just how cute the place is, fluffy clouds suspended from the ceiling and a wall-full of cartoon penguins frolicking on a sprinkle covered landscape with their friends.
Offering a wall-based menu as well as laminated cards, a small section of Hello Kitty bags and Anime Keychains also available for purchase, it was with Michael Bublé’s Christmas album playing (in August) that patrons spent a few moments contemplating choices before stepping up to the counter where a young woman took orders in between toasting, topping and scooping, the quoted wait time of ‘about fifteen minutes’ in reality turning out to be less than ten.
Spending just over $21 on an order of six items including tax and tip, two of those dishes fairly labor intensive and cheaper than elsewhere in town, it was with a trio of character Macarons that the tasting got started and although the two-bite Cookies aren’t the best in terms of texture with the Shell a bit too chewy the flavors are all on-point, the extra-sweet Cotton Candy almost disturbingly so.
Offering several employee-created concoctions for the Snow Fluff, Toast Boxes and Penguin Puff Waffles with the option also available for guests to customize as they like, it was after a few other orders were completed that both Toast and Waffle were served simultaneously, the “Cookie Monster” Toast featuring a thick slice of Bread soaked in Butter beneath a big scoop of Cookes & Cream Ice Cream plus Condensed Milk, crushed Oreos and Chocolate Sauce every bit as decadent as it reads while the Waffle curled in a cup was subtly sweet and quite light with Purple Yam Ice Cream drizzled in Caramel and Graham Cracker Crumbs.
THREE STARS: Well priced for what it is, but in reality more ‘cute’ than it is ‘craft,’ CreamBerry is a fun little spot for a now-and-again treat but certainly not a destination with similar choices available up and down Spring Mountain Road and several more interesting spots available in the growing food scene on South Rainbow Boulevard.
RECOMMENDED: Penguin Puff Waffle.
AVOID: None of it was particularly bad, just that better Honey Toast and Macarons can be found elsewhere.
TIP: Social Media Check-ins yield 5-10% off total order.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.