I had high hopes for Dripp, but they let me downnn. The logistics were there – TONS of parking, big space with 2 floors and a small outdoor patio (Starbucks never has a seat), open late (midnight). When I arrived, the decor is super on point – it actually looks like a chain (read: expensively decorated) but Chino Hills is the first and only location, according to their website. They make their ice creams in house and have about 8 unique flavors at any given time. All sounding very promising, right?
Ice cream. The baristas/cashiers generously offered to allow my sister and I to sample whichever flavors of ice cream we wished. Between the two of us, we tried all 8, and all 8 were completely mediocre. The ice cream is texturally disappointing – it falls slightly on the icy/hard side, rather than the decadently creamy side, which is where house made ice cream should aim to be. The flavors were also meh. We nevertheless felt guilty for sampling 8 flavors of ice cream and decided we should be good sports and purchase one to split, which we ate like 2 bites of.
Drinks. As it was late in the evening, we also ordered a hot chocolate (caffeine free). We were super excited to see the barista use a torch to roast the marshmallows (like a creme brulee!), but were disappointed to find the hot chocolate was not only from a packet, but was VERRRRYYYY diluted. Like he probably needed 2x the powder to make it drinkable. He also torched the marshmallows’ exterior but the insides were completely untouched, so when I bit into it, it tasted sickeningly sweet and chewy.
I won’t be back, but if I’m brought back by friends, I’ll order a latte instead.