One of our writers spent 2018 traveling around Asia in search of delicious frozen desserts, and wanted to share a list of his favorite cities he had never heard of. Naturally, since this is an ice cream blog, he also felt obligated to include the best ice cream to get when you go!
Important Note: These cities have been chosen solely based on tourism activities and personal enjoyment. Deliciousness of the frozen desserts did NOT factor into the rankings. We’ll write another post soon ranking the best ice cream we ate in 2018!
Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea is up and coming on the travel stage, especially for travelers who enjoy less-touristed places, and Rabaul is the best city there to visit. With beautiful scenery, traditional villages and markets, snorkeling, and World War II history, there’s something for everyone.
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You taste the large ice cream sample that the smiling staff has handed you. The first sensation is a deliciously creamy strawberry ice cream, with a subtle but perfect hint of balsamic vinegar. This taste is followed with a richer, sweeter strawberry jam swirl. Salt & Straw’s “Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper” is literally the best ice cream flavor you’ve ever had in your life. But now, the most difficult question you’ll face today: “What flavor should I pair with this?” Continue reading “Salt & Straw Review: Best Ice Cream I’ve had in my Life”
Speculoos cookies are spiced European shortbread cookies, common in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany and generally eaten around Christmas. Personally, I don’t care for them that much, but Speculoos Cookie Butter is one of my favorite foods ever. It’s equally as delicious as Nutella, though a completely different flavor. You can put it on anything, but I prefer to eat it plain by the spoonful. Obviously, I had to turn it into ice cream, which is more socially acceptable to eat by the spoonful.
We were flipping through a Seattle Met issue listing the “best A-Z of Seattle”. Expecting the I, Ice Cream, to be Molly Moon’s (which it always seems to be), we were instead intrigued to find Kurt Farm Shop pronounced the best ice cream in Seattle. Since we had never even heard of it, we opted to check it out immediately.
It might take you a few minutes to find it, even with the help of the almighty Google Maps. While most ice cream shops boldly wave their banners in the middle of the sidewalk, Kurt Farm Shop is tucked away almost in a small alley, behind a restaurant and a hipster shop where you’re not actually sure what they’re selling (overpriced interior design accessories and plants, perhaps?). Continue reading “Kurt Farm Shop: Small and Unique”
This recipe is great for Halloween or Thanksgiving! Or any time, of course. If you’ve ever accidentally bought “Pumpkin Pie Filling” instead of pure pumpkin puree and don’t know what to do with it, this recipe will use it up!
As we began researching this article, it quickly became painfully apparent that we ourselves had no idea what ice cream actually was. Unfortunately, it seems fairly difficult to define ice cream without sounding like a chemistry textbook, but we’ll try our best.
The first line of Wikipedia says that ice cream is a frozen food typically eaten as a snack or dessert. This is certainly accurate, although us here at Ice Cream International often eat it as a main meal as well. But there are also gelatos, sorbets, custards… what is the line that separates them? Continue reading “What Exactly is Ice Cream? (And what isn’t it?)”
This recipe was inspired by our trip to Bluebird Ice Cream in Seattle. They had a delicious stout ice cream, and told us that the secret was reducing the stout over heat until it made a “beer caramel”, and then mixing that into the ice cream.
As you cross the bridge from downtown Seattle into Fremont, a sign welcomes you: “Entering the Republic of Fremont, the center of the Universe. Set your watch back five minutes.” Fremont is proud of its quirks: the 16-foot-tall Statue of Lenin is only outdone by the 18-foot-tall Fremont Troll, which lurks beneath the Aurora Bridge and clutches a full-size Volkswagen Beetle.
Ice cream bases are the most important part of making ice cream. In fact, when you read ice cream recipes, they’re generally all quite similar: base + flavor of choice. Master your base, and all your ice creams will be delicious, until you start trying to make weird roasted eggplant ice cream anyway. Luckily, bases are quite easy, and you can’t really go wrong with sugar and cream! Let’s start churning.
A custard base uses egg yolks as an emulsifier to make the ice cream richer and creamier. It also makes the ice cream a bit softer and easier to scoop directly out of the freezer, which is quite nice. The general recipe looks like this: Continue reading “Different Ice Cream Base Recipes”