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Are you curious about what Connecticut’s Sugar Rush USA is about? Or are you looking for new Connecticut Ice Cream to try? Learn from local food influencer, Alison C. the food blogger behind @food_of_ct. 

More than an Ice Cream Shop, A unique Experience

There are plenty of ice cream shops in Connecticut, but not many that serve liquid nitrogen ice cream. On January 18, 2021, Sugar Rush USA opened their doors in Shelton, CT, and were welcomed by a community of local ice cream lovers and their families. Though there was a socially-distanced line in front of the building, no one seemed to mind waiting in the colder weather to support a new local business. 

Featured: Rich & Famous – Photo Credit: @food_of_ct

The Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Experience

If you have never experienced liquid nitrogen ice cream, you may be wondering how different it is from regular ice cream. At Sugar Rush and similar establishments, you will often notice the jugs of liquid ice cream in a refrigerator. When mixed with nitrogen, the liquid ice cream becomes frozen very quickly, and the process results in a much smoother, creamier texture than normal ice cream. At Sugar Rush, you can see through the plexiglass and watch as the team members make your ice cream right in front of you. 

Find the Perfect Ice Cream Pairing

Often paired with nitrogen ice cream is a bubble waffle cone, referred to as a special cone at Sugar Rush. This type of waffle cone is thick, with the bubbles being soft and chewy. The ice cream soaks into the waffle, and Sugar Rush serves the cone in a cup to catch any melting ice cream. One of Sugar Rush’s most unique offerings is their ability to infuse the bubble cone with cereal or toppings of your choice. When viewing the menu, any topping with an asterisk symbolizes its ability to be infused. It adds some extra flavor and texture to the cone, and helps you to reach that sugar rush!

A Personalized Ice Cream Experience

Featured: Sugar Rush – Photo Credit: @food_of_ct

You can build your own ice cream cone, or pick from a list of their specialties. Their namesake specialty, the Sugar Rush, is vanilla ice cream topped with gummy bears, rainbow sprinkles, Lucky Charms cereal, and whipped cream. This cone is so colorful and definitely insta-worthy! Another popular speciality, the Rich & Famous, is chocolate ice cream topped with fudgy brownie bites, chocolate sprinkles, chocolate crunchies, and Nutella. For a chocoholic like myself, this cone is a dream come true!

In addition to serving nitrogen ice cream, Sugar Rush serves regular ice cream by the scoop and several other ice cream based treats. Customers are able to build their own crazy cookie ice cream sandwiches with a variety of cookie and ice cream flavors, which comes with one topping rolled in. On my most recent visit, I chose a chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream and chocolate crunchies. Also on the menu are ice cream stuffed donuts, French crepes served with a scoop of ice cream, soft serve, and milkshakes. Non-ice cream beverages include Starbucks frappuccinos, Naked smoothies, Lipton teas, and more.

Fun and Energetic – Perfect for the Whole Family

The vibe inside of Sugar Rush is so fun and energetic, and is truly perfect for the whole family. When you walk in, you will hear your favorite party tunes coming over the speakers, and the color-changing lights and signs will be sure to catch the attention of the little ones. Even waiting in line is fun as you wait at your treat’s station to watch it be made right in front of you.

Sugar Rush USA: Family Owned and Operated

The Nasufi family, owners of Sugar Rush USA, have done a fantastic job of creating some happiness during these difficult times. It was so encouraging to see the outpouring of support on social media when Sugar Rush announced their grand opening. Their announcement post on Facebook had over 3,000 shares, and only several weeks later, their Facebook page has almost 4,000 followers. If you have always wanted to experience nitrogen ice cream, or are looking for a new sweet spot, be sure to make a visit to Sugar Rush USA at 901 Bridgeport Avenue, Suite 107 in Shelton, CT!

Sugar Rush is a partner of Cravve app and was also recently featured as a Must Try Dish in Connecticut. See Instagram Post below.

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Written by Allison C.. Visit her on Instagram at @food_of_ct

Are you looking for new Connecticut food to try? Or curious what New Haven Style Pizza is all about? Learn from a local food influencer like Connecticut’s Allison C. the blogger behind @food_of_ct.

Every city has amazing local restaurants with secret food and menu items that only locals know about. In this blog post, you’ll learn more about Connecticut’s New Haven Style Pizza including Pepe’s, Modern, and Sally’s “Apizza” as well as a few other honorable mentions.

Connecticut Food Secrets Revealed: New Haven Style Pizza

If you’re local to Connecticut, you know that “apizza” and pizza are two very different things. Pronounced “ah-beets”, the style was created in New Haven by the legendary Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana. For it to be considered an apizza, some necessary characteristics are that the crust must be thin, chewy, and charred.

The Great Apizza Debate

The ideal level of char is often a subject of debate, as some are quick to deem any blackness on the crust as a sign that it is burnt. Every establishment that serves apizza in Connecticut is truly unique. They all have different ratios of sauce to cheese, levels of char, and specialties on the menu.

Connecticut Food: 3 Must-Try Destinations for Apizza

In New Haven, there are three restaurants that serve as the benchmark for all other apizzas. They are Pepe’s, Modern, and Sally’s, and most people in Connecticut are fiercely loyal to one of them.

Wooster Square, the Little Italy of New Haven, is home to Pepe’s and Sally’s. In 1925, Frank Pepe opened his pizzeria, and in 2021, there are twelve Pepe’s locations across Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York. Meanwhile, Modern is located on State Street a short drive away. In a pre-COVID world, you would often see long lines of people waiting to get their hands on some famous apizza. Currently, the restaurants are only offering takeout, but in the parking lots or on Wooster Street you will find multiple people eating in their cars or having a small tailgate. The menus here are simple, as each place only offers pizza and salad. With the volume of their businesses, it would be difficult to have a more extensive menu, but everyone that comes only has apizza on their mind anyway.

Apizza Specialties to Try

Each of the pizzerias has a specialty that sets their apizza apart from one another. At Pepe’s, you will find their specialties to be a white clam, or in the summertime, a fresh tomato apizza. It is also not uncommon for the chefs at Pepe’s to cut the apizzas into uneven rectangular pieces.

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Frank Pepe Pizzeria – @food_of_ct

Meanwhile, the specialty apizza at Modern is called the “Italian Bomb”, which is topped with bacon, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and garlic.

Modern’s Apizza – @food_of_ct

At Sally’s, the two specialties are their tomato sauce and white potato apizzas. The white potato apizza should not be confused with mashed potatoes, as this apizza is topped with thinly sliced potatoes and rosemary. To stay consistent and appeal to the majority of palates, we included pictures of a regular mozzarella cheese apizza from each restaurant.

Sally’s Apizza – @food_of_ct

Apizza Honorable Mentions

Though Pepe’s, Modern, and Sally’s are the most well-known, some honorable mentions for New Haven-style apizza are BAR and Ernie’s, also in New Haven, Zuppardi’s, located in West Haven, and Roseland, located in Derby. There are so many other fantastic places for apizza in Connecticut that are on our list to try!

Want to dive deeper, join a Facebook Group

On Facebook, there are two popular groups called “Pizzaholics” and “All About New Haven Style A’pizza (Ah-beetz)™”, where members will post a picture of their pizza to spark a discussion, or ask for pizza suggestions in a specific area.

Members of the group are located all across the country, but the majority of group discussions are often centered around Connecticut apizza. The admins of the “All About New Haven Style A’pizza (Ah-beetz)™” group are referred to as The Pizza Gavones, and they post video reviews of apizza from around Connecticut. They rate each apizza out of 10, similar to Dave Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports. Portnoy himself has brought nationwide attention to the New Haven pizzerias, as well as many others in Connecticut, through his “One Bite” reviews.

When a celebrity is in the area, you will often hear that they have been spotted grabbing a slice of apizza. It is truly inspiring to see the effect that New Haven apizza has had in and beyond Connecticut. If you have the opportunity to visit Connecticut, make sure to plan a visit to New Haven for some authentic apizza!

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