I have been Facebook friends with Barry and Pam ever since we returned home from Asheville and every so often Barry would post something ice cream-related on my wall after perhaps reading of some unusual homemade ice cream I had concocted, but on the whole, I haven't really heard from either of them since our dinner together in Asheville. That changed about two weeks ago when I received a message from Barry asking for my address because he wanted to send me some Moorenko's ice cream. It was at this moment that I realized why Christmas gifts stress me out so much: because they're something everyone expects. The best gifts, the true gifts. come out of nowhere, when you're not even expecting them. Barry knew how much I loved ice cream, he knew I take great pleasure in making my own ice cream and decided to share the love with some of his sister's own ultra-premium, fancy-flavored ice cream.
About a week later, I returned home from work one day with a box full of this packed in dry ice on my front porch:
Flavors in the box included:
burnt caramel bourbon brickle
salted caramel with pralines
black raspberry chocolate chip
|Lavender flowers in the honey lavender ice cream
Even though honey lavender was my favorite, all six flavors were delicious and each container had the perfect creamy, luscious texture one would expect out of a high-end, ultra-premium ice cream. The only thing that a connoisseur might contest is Moorenko's appears to be a bit stingy with the mix-ins. Whether it's chocolate chips or pralines, the mix-in landscape is not very fertile. However, I actually found this to be an advantage rather than a setback. I'm someone who prefers my ice cream to be smooth instead of "rocky" and I like to savor it slowly.
|burnt caramel bourbon brickle ice cream
After getting the opportunity to experience Jeni's Ice Cream this past summer, I'd have to say that Moorenko's is definitely in the same league as Jeni's. The texture is perfect and the flavors are sublime. I feel like I received an ice cream windfall in 2012. I wonder what delicious surprises await in 2013.
Just this evening, before I finished this post, I polished off the entire carton of salted caramel with pralines almost completely by myself. My husband contributed by maybe having 4 or 5 bites.
|If this is cheaper than therapy, I just got my money's worth!