Today, we are eating Brown Butter Almond Brittle by the gloriumptious spoonful in honor of mischievously spirited and much-beloved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory author Roald Dahl. Because he’d be 100 years old today if he were still on this earth. And because the sticky almond toffee (known as krokan) rolled into our signature flavor was one of his favorite desserts.
The son of Norwegian parents, Dahl recalled spending holidays at his grandparents house in Norway where every giant seafood feast would end with a “tremendous craggy mountain of home-made ice cream.” He wrote of this krokan ice cream in “Boy,” calling it the creamiest ice cream in the world with unforgettable flavor.
“There were thousands of little chips of crisp burnt toffee mixed into it (the Norwegians call it krokan),” he wrote, “and as a result it didn’t simply melt in your mouth like ordinary ice-cream. You chewed it and it went crunch and the taste was something you dreamed about for days afterwards.”
We’re raising cones and pints of Brown Butter Almond Brittle today to the adult who was the bad influence we needed as children.
Jeni was similarly inspired by a visceral love for krokan. She was introduced to the brittle when a Norwegian friend, back in the States after a long trip home, nearly cried tears of joy as she described the toffee-like treat made with butter, almonds, and caramelized sugar. That winter, in 2009, we released an ice cream collection capturing the flavors of Scandinavian holiday treats, including Brown Butter Almond Brittle. A crodscollop (an absolutely great flavor) as Dahl would call it, it didn’t take long for it to become a permanent menu fixture.
So, we’re raising cones and pints of Brown Butter Almond Brittle today to the adult who was the bad influence we needed as children. To the guy who wrote stories full of anarchy. Who taught us that authority figures should not be blindly trusted. That grownups who terrorized children always got their just desserts. That terrible things will happen in this world, but we should remember to never take life too seriously (because farting is funny, after all). Who taught us to not gobblefunk around with words. That you should embrace what makes you powerful and uniquely you (especially if it involves moving objects with your mind).
It is with this spirit that Jeni started this company—one full of colorful characters inside and out (including you!), who don’t believe growing up is something that has to happen like they tell you to. Roald Dahl, you inspire us everyday, not just on your 100th year birthday.