Even as temperatures across the country start to drop, ice cream will always be in season, especially if we're talking about locally made, artisanal, and downright "mmm"-worthy small-batch pints. This month, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, based in Portland, Oregon, took inspiration from the state's winter harvest to concoct five zany new limited-time holiday flavors available now until December 30.
Is there a fruitcake flavor, you ask? Oh, yes. There's a fruitcake flavor.
Here's the scoop on Salt & Straw's new licks:
Not content with merely stirring crushed peppermint candies alone into his ice cream, head ice cream maker Tyler Malek upped the ante and added local peppermint oil from Columbia County's Seely Mint Farms and chocolate from Portland's Holy Kakow to perfect this icy spin on the hot drink.
Bourbon Pecan Pie
Picture it: bourbon ice cream made with strong, four-year barrel-aged bourbon from Portland's Eastside Distilling and swirled with ribbons of pecan pie custard. No, you're not dreaming. Topping a slice of the real thing with a creamy scoop of this stuff just might be dessert heaven.
The boozy muse for this recipe is the legendary tequila-, sherry-, and nutmeg-infused eggnog whipped up by bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler at Clyde Common in Portland. Customers look forward to the seasonal cocktail every year, and now you can taste it in frozen form. We'll look the other way if you top your bowl off with a splash of tequila.
Whaaaa? You read that right. This British-inspired flavor has everything: chopped shortbread cookies, brandy-soaked candied orange peels, currants, and ginger. Just call it sugar 'n' spice and everything nice.
Congressman Blumenauer's Fruit Cake
Enough to make a whole town misty-eyed, this special flavor takes Portland community advocate Rep. Earl Blumenauer's famous fruitcake recipe and folds it into ice cream—Blumenauer himself sampled the attempts right in the Salt & Straw kitchen until it was just right! All proceeds go to Community Cycling Center Holiday Bike Drive, which provides bikes to children for the holidays.
But don't be jealous of Beaver State residents. You can have a pack of five pints delivered anywhere in the U.S. for a cool $65 at shop.saltandstraw.com.
Happy (tasty) holidays.