I’ve heard so much about Beta5 cream puffs that one day I finally decided to head down there with TDog to try them out. The kitchen is located in an industrial area (fittingly called Industrial Ave.). If not for Google maps and Beta5’s sandwich board, the store would be easy to miss. They have dedicated parking spots also.
Beta5 sure has a big selection of flavors, which you can see on their website. In addition to their usual offerings, they also have a featured flavor. Today it happened to be the Strawberry Rhubarb Cream Puff which TDog picked. I decided on their most popular flavor — the Blueberry Yuzu Cream Puff. These babies are a bit pricy at $4.50 each but what did you expect eh?
The texture of the puff shell is different from the usual cream puffs you get. Instead of soft and fluffy, these are more crispy, very much like the tops of Asian “pineapple buns”.
To be honest, I found these puffs to be a disappointment…While I enjoyed the crispy shell, I found the actual flavor underwhelming. For both puffs, the indicated flavor was lacking, and I think I enjoy the traditional texture of cream puffs more, such as Beard Papa’s.
For the summer, Beta5 also has some ice cream sandwiches for sale. Their sandwich part is made from a macaron cookie.
I had the Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Sandwich ($4). It is strawberry cheesecake ice cream sandwiched between graham cracker macaron cookies.
This was way too sweet for me. Everything about this sandwich was too sweet. That might be expected for a frozen dessert though. I didn’t find any cheesecake flavor in the ice cream either.
In the end, I didn’t say I was very impressed by Beta5. The cream puffs were definitely better than the ice cream sandwich, however given the price and the distance, I just didn’t think it was worth it. I don’t think I will be back anytime soon.