While strolling down White Street in Red Bank, I noticed a blackboard sign that read “Try the world’s best ice cream on top of our waffle.” They think they serve the world’s best ice cream? I love a challenge, so I walked up the stairs and opened the front door to Nina’s Waffles & Sweets.
The glorious aroma of hot, yeasty waffles caramelizing on heavy iron grills filled the room. Nina’s features Belgium waffles based on the original Liege waffle. Liege waffles are made from dough rather than a traditional batter. A true Liege waffle is made with chunks of sugar known as Belgian pearl sugar (pearl sugar is made from white beets). This sugar caramelizes and forms a crispy, crunchy coating that make these waffles amazingly sweet, doughy and dense. These are in NO WAY like the waffles we are accustomed to in North America – which are basically pancakes cooked in a waffle iron. Simply stated, Liege waffles are magical.
I ordered my Liege hot and fresh, with chocolate raspberry ice cream from The OwowCow Creamery. This ice cream is made from organic ingredients, and is honestly THE BEST ICE CREAM I have ever had. The rich, chocolate flavor and the familiar summertime taste of tart, sweet raspberries mixed in a divinely flavorful, creamy, smooth, and thick ice cream, is exactly what one would expect from an old time creamery. Other waffle toppings include Nutella, chocolate ganache, caramel, pastry cream, cannoli cream, whipped cream, banana, marmalade, apricot glaze, peanut butter cups, M&M’s, and Oreos.
Nina’s Waffles & Sweets
15 White Street