Whatever brings you to MN EIS, two things are certain: 1) You will not leave empty-handed. 2) You will be very glad you came.
The MN EIS Ice Cream & Sweets Shoppe is located on Minnesota Street in downtown New Ulm. It opened in June 2020 and is owned by Lindsay Schweiss, of New Ulm, and Greg James and Bria James, of Waconia. The trio joined forces when they discovered they were each planning to open an ice cream shop in New Ulm.
“We all kind of had goose bumps when we sat down together. We had the same ideas right down to the name. Everything felt like this was meant to be,” Schweiss said. “It’s been such a great partnership.”
The shop’s name is a nod to New Ulm’s German heritage. Eis is the German word for ice or ice cream. It’s also a play on the “Minnesota Nice” phrase, which they worked into their slogan: It’s always MN nice when you’re at MN EIS.
MN EIS carries something to satisfy almost any sweet tooth. An entire wall is dedicated to colorful bins of Albanese Candy. Edible cookie dough is sold by the scoop in peanut butter, chocolate chip, brownie batter, raspberry cheesecake, and unicorn flavors. In the mood for something a little more exotic? Try the fruit or milk boba tea. This traditional Taiwanese drink has a tea base, a milk or fruit flavor, and edible tapioca or fruit-flavored pearls.
Of course, nothing can top their ice cream. MN EIS offers homemade waffle cones and 24 flavors of Chocolate Shoppe premium ice cream. Customer favorites include black licorice, bourbon pecan pie, fat Elvis, and the ever-popular “This $&@! Just Got Serious” (salted caramel ice cream with sea salt fudge and cashews).
“We try to find fun, unique things that you might not be able to find elsewhere,” Schweiss said. “One of those is our German Spahgettieis.”
This quirky German specialty is an ice cream treat disguised as a bowl of spaghetti. Vanilla ice cream “noodles” are topped with strawberry puree, then sprinkled with grated white chocolate. MN EIS adds their own special twist: cookie dough “meatballs.” Yum!
Photo by Jonathan Smith