Extraordinarily familiar unfamiliar flavors
Our spring collection explores what it takes to change your perception in a single instant. These flavors may sound unfamiliar on the outside, but each one is actually extraordinarily familiar to an American palate. “We’re not from here,” is the idea that these ice creams may seem exotic and intriguing, but take one bite and you’ll realize you’ve enjoyed these flavors before—in a candy bar, a bowl of marshmallow cereal, or a crispy rice treat—just never in this way. “You belong here,” is where we finish.
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Milkiest Chocolate ice cream blended with soft curry and toasted coconut flakes.
Jeni has been making some version of Cocoa Curry Coco since her early days churning ice cream inside the North Market. Back then, she called it Gucci Muu Muu because the ingredients are both decadent and exotic, and they evoke a colorful pattern. No matter the name, Cocoa Curry Coco has always reminded Jeni of a great candy bar—creamy milk-first chocolate, complementing flavors, a little texture. We start with milk chocolate ice cream loaded with Fair Trade cocoa and a touch of honey. Then season it with a beautiful soft curry—a blend of fragrant spices like turmeric, coriander, cardamom, and fenugreek (which smells a lot like maple sugar)—and finish with coconut flakes for texture and flavor.
Toasted rice green tea infused ice cream with vanilla bean marshmallows.
To make Genmaicha & Marshmallows, Jeni started with her favorite tea: genmaicha, a green tea made with toasted rice. When genmaicha is steeped in cream, the resulting soft green ice cream tastes nutty and slightly tannic and has this wonderful toasted rice scent. To give the flavor dimension, without overwhelming the nuance of the toasted rice, we add vanilla bean marshmallows, handmade in our kitchen. They give the exotic-sounding Genmaicha & Marshmallows a familiar spin—almost like the classic crispy rice cereal treats made with gooey marshmallows.
Osmanthus flowers steeped in cream. Rich with notes of stone fruit and speckled with tart handmade blackberry crackle from Quin Candy.
The first time Jeni smelled osmanthus—a flower with an aroma reminiscent of peaches—she knew this needed to become an ice cream. We start by steeping dried, yellow osmanthus flowers in cream for an ice cream so rich in stone fruit flavor that you’ll be transported to sunny days at the farmers market, tables covered in tender-skinned peaches. And since blackberries are always in season at the same time, we mix in whole-fruit blackberry candies (look closely and you can see the blackberry seeds!) made by the candy wizards at Quin Candies in Portland. It’s the perfect pop of texture and tartness to round out a sweet and floral ice cream.
Two ice creams in one pint: blue violet and vanilla marshmallow swirled together.
Supermoon is inspired by two classic marshmallow flavors: fluffy vanilla marshmallows floating in a hot cup of cocoa; and colorful, dehydrated, cereal marshmallows. Jeni crafted Supermoon so that the pure scent and flavor of these marshmallows, not their textures, shines through. We use all-natural essences blended just for us to give Supermoon its unique flavors: The yellow half tastes like the most marshmallowy marshmallow ever, and the blue side is like sweet and floral candied violet, which Jeni has always thought tastes like Lucky Charms marshmallows. It’s two takes on marshmallow in one ice cream: one familiar and one unexpected.
Juicy tangerine and orange flowers with tart cultured buttermilk and Seven Stars Farm organic yogurt.
Orange Blossom Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt is round and juicy with the scent of a fresh orange blossom. That full flavor comes from combining two of Jeni’s favorite orange essential oils: tangerine for bright acidity, and neroli (the blossom of the bitter orange tree) for a honeyed, floral fragrance. Using these two essential oils alone would be too sweet in ice cream. The tartness of our buttermilk frozen yogurt base—a combination of organic yogurt from Seven Stars Farm and cultured buttermilk—balances it out. Ultra creamy, Orange Blossom Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt tastes a lot like an orange push-pop. Some even say it reminds them of orange Pez!
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