One of the most memorable things I ate in New Orleans this weekend was a recommendation from a 5-year-old girl. She wanted her mother to take me and her to Creole Creamery for an afternoon treat. Let’s just say that you can trust a five-year-old when it comes to ice cream.
Creole Creamery is a colorful ice cream shop in a vibrant residential area. It was lively with kids, their parents and other adults. There was plenty of room to sit – booths, tables, bar seats – a sanctuary away from the heat, humidity and deluge of the summer. The list of flavors seemed endless, and many of them were so creative and complex, and even had a local spin to them. Even though I tend to prefer my ice cream flavors simple, so I can taste the ingredients, Creole Creamery convinced me that flavors could come together and create new flavors without losing their own individuality. The Mango Unchained tasted solidly mango and struck the right balance among the sweetness of the honey, the heat of the cayenne and the buzz of the Southern Comfort in the background. The Mexican Hot Chocolate was rich and dark, not too sweet and with just enough heat at the end as a gentle yet firm reminder that there was chili in the ice cream mix. The Green Fairy was an absinthe ice cream with Valrhona dark chocolate and candied orange peel. The licorice flavor was presented and did not overpower, and the interplay between the dark chocolate and the orange peel only enhanced the absinthe flavor. It’s like drinking absinthe at a bar without getting drunk.
Making a decision was the hard part. The list of flavors went on and on, and only guilt stopped me from asking the friendly staff to let me sample more flavors. You can get as many scoops as you want. At the suggestion of the staff, I ended up with one scoop of two flavors, the Mango Unchained and the Green Fairy. I don’t run into those flavors often, and the combination of the two was even better. It was like having two drinks in an afternoon without the unintended consequence of having two stiff drinks! My five-year-old host was content with her bubble gum ice cream and was making friends with other kids at the next table. There was something for everyone.
By the way, they take cash only. At $2.75 for a single scoop for this high quality ice cream, I’m sure you have change to spare for two scoops!
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