Edible balloons, frozen treats: New Ice Cream Museum is coolest

 
By Ula Ilnytzky
Associated Press
Posted8/2/2016 6:00 AM
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  • Anna Barlow's installation "Look It's So You" is on display at the Museum of Ice Cream.

    Anna Barlow's installation "Look It's So You" is on display at the Museum of Ice Cream. Associated Press

  • Eden Neville assists with creating an edible balloon, an attraction among the ice cream-themed works of art at the Museum of Ice Cream in New York. The museum is open through Aug. 31.

    Eden Neville assists with creating an edible balloon, an attraction among the ice cream-themed works of art at the Museum of Ice Cream in New York. The museum is open through Aug. 31. Associated Press

  • "The Chocolate Chamber," a room offering free chocolate and a chocolate fountain, is part of the fun at the Museum of Ice Cream in New York.

    "The Chocolate Chamber," a room offering free chocolate and a chocolate fountain, is part of the fun at the Museum of Ice Cream in New York. Associated Press

  • Sprinkles get caught between a visitor's toes from a large pool filled with 11,000-pounds of faux confetti-colored sprinkles, the biggest attraction of ice cream-themed works of art at the Museum of Ice Cream.

    Sprinkles get caught between a visitor's toes from a large pool filled with 11,000-pounds of faux confetti-colored sprinkles, the biggest attraction of ice cream-themed works of art at the Museum of Ice Cream. Associated Press

  • A waffle light wall featuring a series of hanging ice cream cones light bulbs is among ice cream-themed works of art at New York's Museum of Ice Cream.

    A waffle light wall featuring a series of hanging ice cream cones light bulbs is among ice cream-themed works of art at New York's Museum of Ice Cream. Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Move over Willy Wonka. A temporary museum dedicated to all things ice cream is treating visitors to edible balloons, a Chocolate Chamber, a "swim" in a pool of faux rainbow sprinkles and, of course, scoops of heavenly ice cream.

New York's Museum of Ice Cream is the lifelong fantasy of 24-year-old, co-founder Maryellis Bunn.

The six-room tour begins with a free scoop of ice cream. At a press preview Thursday, the treat was topped with fruity cereal, marshmallows and a guava-lime zest.

In the next room, helium-filled, edible balloons produce giggles as visitors' voices are transformed into high-pitched squeaks.

The museum opens to the public Friday. Admission is free from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. After that, it costs $18 per person or $30 for two. The museum closes Aug. 31.

The biggest attraction is a large pool filled with 11,000 pounds of confetti-colored sprinkles. Visitors can immerse themselves in the fake candy. Posted rules say: "make a wish," "dip at your own risk" and "Caution: May cause spontaneous happiness."

Visitors walk into a large pool filled with faux confetti-colored sprinkles, the biggest attraction of ice cream-themed works of art at the temporary Museum of Ice Cream in New York.
Visitors walk into a large pool filled with faux confetti-colored sprinkles, the biggest attraction of ice cream-themed works of art at the temporary Museum of Ice Cream in New York. - Associated Press

Happiness was on the minds of Bunn and her co-creator Manish Vora who frequently asked "Are you having fun?"

The two launched the project to fulfill Bunn's childhood dream of swimming through a pool of sprinkles. They also enlisted over 30 artists to create -- what else? -- ice cream-themed works of art. Each artist "brings a unique voice" to his or her creation, said Bunn.

In a nod to Willy Wonka, the Chocolate Chamber is entered through a satiny brown curtain to a musical remix of "Pure Imagination." A chocolate fountain, free chocolates, cocoa-bean shards on the floor and an immersive chocolate video can be viewed from the comfort of a large bean bag.

Visitors can suck on dehydrated African Miracle Berry that alters sour taste into sweet when they indulge in an ice cream topped with slices of lemon while touring ice cream-themed works at the Museum of Ice Cream.
Visitors can suck on dehydrated African Miracle Berry that alters sour taste into sweet when they indulge in an ice cream topped with slices of lemon while touring ice cream-themed works at the Museum of Ice Cream. - Associated Press

Elsewhere, visitors can suck on a dehydrated Miracle Berry that can alter the sourness of lemon slices atop an ice cream cone into a sweet delight.

The tour ends in TinderLand, a playground featuring an ice cream scoop seesaw and an ice cream sandwich swing for two. Visitors also can discover "who they are as a flavor" through an app created with Tinder, said Vora.

In addition to specially created ice cream by food scientist Irwin Adam, of Future Food Network, the museum each week will offer custom frozen treats from one of the city's favorite ice cream shops including Black Tap and Oddfellows.

An installation called "Sundae Stag" by P.J. Linden is among ice cream-themed works of art at New York's temporary Museum of Ice Cream.
An installation called "Sundae Stag" by P.J. Linden is among ice cream-themed works of art at New York's temporary Museum of Ice Cream. - Associated Press

"It's a lick-able, likable ice cream-centric experience," said Bunn.

And if you aren't completely satiated by the end of the tour, you can savor a different kind of experience across the street at the Whitney Museum of American Art or the nearby High Line.

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