Cauldron Ice Cream, an Orange County-based ice cream sensation has opened in San Jose, bringing what it says are a “OG” stateside “puffle cones” to the Bay Area.
The cones themselves are inspired by the Hong Kong street snack, egg waffles (gai daan zai), aren’t new to the Bay Area — several shops have been selling the sweet treats for years, including Eggxotic at the Stonestown Galleria, Gadani in Berkeley, Eggettes in the Outer Sunset, and other small tea shops around town.
However, Cauldron has garnered quite the following since it opened, and is currently in expansion-mode via a partnership with Fransmart (the franchise company also behind the growth of Halal Guys, Ike’s, and others).
Cauldron also incorporates another alluring gimmick: liquid nitrogen-churned ice cream, which is formed into the shape of a rose and balanced atop a puffle cone to create the ultimate Instagram-friendly treat. Flavors change monthly, but currently include Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk, the Dole whip-inspired “pineapple express, and “sun, moon and stars,” a blend of oolong, jasmine, and green tea.
The San Jose location has been in “soft opening” mode for a few weeks already, but the grand opening happens tomorrow, Saturday, May 18. The store will open from 6 p.m.- 11 p.m.( 1088 E Brokaw Rd #60 San Jose, CA 95131), offering the first 100 people in line “exclusive merchandise,” plus giveaways for all. (In the future, hours will be 12 p.m- 11 p.m.)