Happy Tuesday, Noshers! While the days have seemed long recently (though daylight itself is short), the weeks have just been flying by for me. I seriously cannot believe it is almost Christmas; I am WAY behind on my Christmas shopping. I’m usually not a procrastinator, so this is causing me a bit of agita as you can imagine! Things always seem to come together in the end though, and I certainly hope that’s the case this year. Today I’m happy to share with you my experience reviewing the latest seasonal ice cream flavors from Adirondack Creamery. I admit I’m a bit of a sucker for seasonal flavors (peppermint Ghirardelli squares are a guilty pleasure of mine) so when the folks at Adirondack reached out to see if I’d be interested in receiving some sample pints to try, of course I jumped at the chance. I also went to the Adirondacks for the first time a few weeks ago, so you know, I’m pretty much an expert on the area ;).
Adirondack Creamery produces rich, decadent ice cream using local ingredients – the milk and cream they use is all rbsT free and comes from nine small family farms located in the Hudson Valley. The milk is turned into ice cream within 36 hours of leaving the farm, with only the addition of cream, sugar, eggs and natural flavorings (the names of which you would recognize, like vanilla and black cherries :)) The simplicity with which they produce their ice cream makes me feel less guilty about devouring an obscene amount in a miniscule amount of time 😉
I did an informal little poll on the BAN Facebook page to see which flavor I should try first, and the overwhelming response was Pumpkin Pie:
I’m going to let you in on a little secret – I actually don’t like pumpkin pie. Gasp! I know, a travesty, isn’t it? To further shock you, I’m not a fan of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Lattes either. Yeah – that whole hullabaloo when the PSL finds its way back on the menu every season? I just don’t get it. I do like some pumpkin flavored things, such as pumpkin cheesecake (drool) and pumpkin soup (yum). But still, with my apathy towards pumpkin pie, I was okay with trying this one first with the expectation that I just wouldn’t be crazy about it.
Much to my surprise and delight, I was actually a fan of this incarnation of pumpkin pie! I think the luxurious mouthfeel of the ice cream and the delicate (rather than overwhelming) blend of spices did the trick. It reminded me of a spicy chai latte with a hint of pumpkin. If you’re a pumpkin pie fan, you should definitely give it a try. If, like me, you’re not – still give it a gander; like me, you might pleasantly pleased.
I next tried what I anticipated to be my favorite flavor of the trio: Peppermint Stick
I absolutely love peppermint-flavored foods, and Adirondack’s ice cream version was no exception. I especially appreciated that the ice cream didn’t possess a bright pink hue, as many “peppermint” snacks often (artificially) do. Instead, it was a rich, buttery yellow from the cream and egg yolk base. The peppermint extract added another dimension of “cool” with each bite, while the crunchy bits of peppermint candy blended in nicely with the creamy base.
Last but not least was Egg Nog!
Okay, I feel like I’m revealing all sorts of secrets in this post – but for the longest time I wasn’t sure if I liked eggnog either. Ludicrous, right? I think I had tried a (non-alcoholic) version of eggnog when I was a kid, hated it, and then proceeded not to try it again for 20+ years. Of course I tried it again a few years ago and realized it was spicy, creamy and rich – what’s not to like?
Adirondack Creamery’s Eggnog flavor doesn’t stray far from its inspiration – it is pretty much a traditional eggnog in ice cream form. If you are both an eggnog fan and an ice cream fan, you will absolutely devour this 🙂
Adirondack Creamery has a number of flavors in its regular rotation that I’d love to try, such as High Peak Perk and Kulfi-Pistachio Cardamom. I think a trip to my local grocery store is in order! In the mean time though, I think I’ll tide myself over with these three pints of seasonal flavors – tough life, no? 😉
Disclosure: Ice cream to sample provided by Adirondack Creamery; opinions are my own.
Which of the above seasonal flavors would you most like to try?