Happy FRIDAY, Noshers!! A lot of fun updates going on with this Nosher lately – such as going to the Bon Jovi concert this weekend! As a Jersey girl I am SO PSYCHED. Thanks, Sis Nosh, for the hook-up! Wheee!
Today, I’m super excited to share with you my latest collaboration with Whole Foods. As those who have been following the BAN blog know, I’ve partnered with Whole Foods several times for the past year to sample and highlight some of their newest and yummiest offerings, including seafood dishes for the holidays, Valentine’s Day treats, Smorgasburg at the Bowery location, and a fantabulous CHEESE event (as seen on my Instagram feed!). My nearest Whole Foods location is the Columbus Circle store located in the Time Warner Center – couldn’t have asked for a better one! When I was approached to sample some locally made ice cream and frozen yummies sold at Whole Foods, how could I say no? Ice cream is one of my favorite ways to ensure adequate calcium intake! (The other being cheese, duh).
After a visit to my local Whole Foods store, I left with FIVE, count them FIVE, pints of refreshingly cold goodness. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned about these little sweet pints emerging unscathed from a non-air conditioned subway car during the heat wave. But troopers that they were, they huddled together to maintain chilliness. Phew!
Steve’s ice cream is made in Holbrook, Long Island, and feature fun flavors such as NOLA Iced Coffee & Donuts and Sunday Morning (buttered maple syrup ice cream with crispy waffle pieces!). Steve’s has actually been around for 40 years, but I had never tried their ice cream before. So I was super excited to dig in. The first flavor I tried was Strawberry Ricotta – fresh strawberry ice cream swirled with ricotta:
Equally sweet but with a bit more of a kick, I then sampled my second Steve’s flavor – Mexican Chili Chocolate, chocolate ice cream spiced with cayenne, cinnamon, and guajillo chili chocolate – talk about sweet and heat! (See first photo as well):
Phin & Phebes, based in Brooklyn, churns out wonderfully whimsical flavors that appeal to both little kids and big kids (like me!). Their flavor repertoire includes such goodies as Vietnamese Coffee and Peanutty Pretzel. My first P&P pint, which I couldn’t wait to scoop out, was Banana Whama – banana pudding ice cream with vanilla wafers. Can we say YUM?
My second Phin & Phebes pint was equally tantalizing – Ginger Cookie Snap (ginger ice cream with ginger cookies with lemon icing filling). I admit I hesitated for about five seconds before sampling into this one – and for you fellow ice cream aficionados out there, you know that five seconds is a long time to wait when a pint of ice cream is in front of you! See, Noshers, I’m not the biggest ginger fan; I only like ginger in three forms – bread, ale, and cookies. But after tentatively taking a tiny taste, my doubts were unfounded. The soft, sweet chewy cookie and lemon filling were SO good! Yes, this flavor was definitely gingery, but approachable enough even for traditionally ginger-phobic foodies like myself.
Last but definitely not least was my pint of Earl Grey Tea ice cream from Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream. Van Leeuwen started as an ice cream truck – in fact, my first Van Leeuwen experience was when I happened upon one of their friendly, buttery yellow trucks! All of their ice cream is made in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, using wholesome ingredients.
If you’re an Earl Grey tea fan, you will absolutely love this flavor – it tastes exactly like a cool, creamy version of this fragrant tea!
With five slightly-eaten pints of ice cream currently inhabiting my freezer, I probably won’t be buying ice cream for the next few days (I mean weeks! Of course! Ha ha. No, I don’t eat ice cream for dinner sometimes. Ha…). But once my stash is emptied, I can’t wait to return to Whole Foods to try other fun flavors. Hey, might as well make the most of summer, right? 🙂
Which of the above flavors would you be most excited to try?