Doesn’t matter which New York city Ice Cream parlor you go into these days, you can bet on a long menu o=f flavors, some of them seriously weird. It’s hard to avoid the impression that just because ice cream makers can put just about anything into the mix, that indeed they do. Are they all hoping they will have a cronut type breakthorugh that catapaults them to fame? Who Knows.
There are of course the basics flavors, vanilla and chocolate and surely many New Yorkers have a nostalgic attachment to these predictable and much treasured tastes and actually regard any additives as the ruination of classic beauty. Others are game to try anything and since the introduction of salted caramel has edged ice cream towards a whole new exploration of flavors there has been many a sweet/spicy/sour combination that is being offered.
Now a touch of reality has come to town. The New York Post Food critic and 2 6 yr old sidekicks decided to field test a range of ice cream with distinctly odd additives and give their frank opinions. See New York Post They did their testing at 5 popular New York City ice creameries and snacked on the strangest flavors they could find. Here is a summary of what they tested and how they reacted:
Ample Hills, Brooklyn offer a super Rich Chocolate with Saltines ice cream. Verdict: Everyone liked the thickness and the chocolateness of the ice cream, no mention of saltines.
Hay Rosie, Brooklyn offers a Srirachi Popcorn icecream. Verdict, Yuck!
Morgensterns Finest Ice Cream, Manhattan, offers a Salt and Pepper and Pine Nut ice cream: Verdict, bland and you get used to the pepper.
Odd Fellow, Manhattan offers a Chorizo Caramel Swirl ice cream. Verdict, absolutely horrid.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, Manhattan offers a Milk Chocolate Bombay with Curry ice cream. Verdict, doesn’t taste very nice.
I think we can conclude that you will need very, very, adventurous taste buds to enjoy quite a lot of new ice cream flavors. And while plain old vanilla and chocolate is both delicious and reliably rewarding there are people who want to swing from the ceiling when it comes to ice cream flavors and good luck to them. I’ll have vanilla please.