There are some real artisans out there making ice cream for folks. Delightful frozen sweets with fresh, natural ingredients - made in small batches with loving care. Classics seem new again - strawberry made with fresh, juicy fruit in season; chocolate made with organic, fair-trade ingredients; vanilla made with real vanilla beans. Experimentation is in, though, and ice cream makers are constantly creating their own modern flavors with a twist - goat cheese with red cherries, sweet corn & raspberries, sweet potato & marshmallow, balsamic strawberry with cracked pepper, Mexican chili chocolate, and the list goes on. Here are some of my favorite ice cream artisans.
Jeni Britton Bauer started Jeni's back in 2002 in the city of Columbus, Ohio. There are now 11 scoops shops in Ohio and Tennessee. Jeni and her crack team of master ice cream artisans are constantly coming up with the most delicious flavors - Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet, Brambleberry Crisp, Salty Caramel, Whiskey & Pecans, Sweet Potato with Torched Marshmallows, Goat Cheese with Red Cherries, Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk, Sweet Corn & Black Raspberries - just to name some of my favorites.
This Brooklyn, NY company has some very delicious flavors - Strawberry Ricotta, Salty Caramel, and Cinnamon Coffee are incredible. Their Southern Collection, however, is to die for! Bourbon Pecan Pie, Coconut Key Lime Pie, Small Batch Bourbon Vanilla, Nola Iced Coffee & Donuts, and Southern Banana Pudding. The taste is so incredibly yummy, it seems like a dream!
If that wasn't enough to blow your taste buds away, they also offer these seasonal treats - Butter Roasted Chestnuts, Peppermint Cocoa, Mulled Wine Sorbet, Eggnog Custard, Bourbon Pecan Pie (my favorite!), Figgy Pudding, and let us not forget Grandma Malek's Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache. Wow!
With products that change seasonally, Capogiro uses fresh, local ingredients to create over 250 truly incredible flavors. You will definitely not get bored with this kind of selection! Some favorites include - Chocolate with Banana, Apple (heirloom) with Mascarpone, Acorn Squash, Rosemary Honey Goat's Milk, Lancaster County Neck Pumpkin, Pear with Wild Turkey Bourbon, and Cactus Pear.
Their flavor lineup includes: Apples and Honey (honey ice cream with chunks of green apple), Coffee Talk (espresso ice cream), Coconut Macaroon (almond ice cream with toasted flakes of coconut), Chocolate Gelt (chocolate ice cream with milk chocolate coins), Matzoh Crunch (vanilla ice cream chocolate and caramel covered matzoh), and my favorite - Ronne's Rugelach (cinnamon ice cream with homemade walnut-raisin rugelach). Delish!