When I’m drooling while watching the Food Network on TV I always get overly excited to see restaurants that are nearby featured. One episode showcased the top five ice creams in America and I could barely contain myself when I saw that one of the coveted spots was saved for a New York establishment! I knew I would have to get to Ample Hills Creamery [305 Nevins St, Brooklyn, NY 11215] to try the specified flavor.
I love that the ice cream shop was named after Walt Whitman’s poem, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, the sentiment already left a sweet taste in my thoughts. There are multiple locations across the city, on my first visit I went to Gotham Market West in Manhattan, marched up to the counter, and asked for the flavor. Sadly, they told me that they didn’t serve the flavor there. It would have been such a sad day, had there not been a ton of other delicious flavors!
So I tried the salted crack caramel and got a delicious taste of what was to come. Naturally, the flavor ‘It Came From Gowanus’ would be served at the Brooklyn location. I was already in the neighborhood and excitedly realized my dream of eating the proclaimed best ice cream in America was about to come true. The flavor is composed of salted dark chocolate with hazelnut cookies, chocolate pearls, and orange-scented brownies.
It was truly, absolutely, completely divine. Is it the best ice cream in the country? I couldn’t tell you because I haven’t tried them all, though I wouldn’t argue with the decree because it is really something very special. The company uses local ingredients and pasteurizes milk on site – it’s undeniably fresh.
They have fantastic nostalgic flavors such as nonna d’s oatmeal lace and snap mallow pop! New on the scene, they have a Roald Dahl inspired ice cream flavor. Ahh, one of my all time favorite childhood authors! Did you know this man is responsible for writing The BFG, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Fantastic Mr. Fox? What a genius. So the flavor is Mr. Fox’s Scrumdiddlyumptious Crunchy Cider Caramel Cream, I really can’t wait to try it!