Anyhoo, because I’m a pro at this event now, we got there right at 3 p.m. And it’s a good thing, because most of the ice cream was gone by 4. I made my way through the maze of tables, skipping past a number of ice creams in search of something really unique. I was not disappointed. Here’s just a short list of some of the impressive ice creams:
* Endless Summer, a vanilla ice cream swirled with chocolate bits as well as pineapple and mandarin oranges that had been marinated with grenadine
* Um Ali, a double cream vanilla flavored with rosewater and pistachios
* Peach basil
* Dulce de Leche Crunch, a past winner
* Glenmorangie, a vanilla ice cream with the eponymous Scotch whisky
* Peachy Keen Groovy Ginger
* Tipsy Toffee Coffee Crunch (with Olive & Sinclair Bourbon Nib Brittle)
* Lemon Tart (a creamy and strong lemon ice cream with bits of crust)
* Peanut Butter Soiree (cake batter ice cream with chunks of peanut butter) was a favorite of my husband.
* Sage sorbet
There were a ton of other great flavors, but those were the ones that really stood out to me (along with a couple of the winners listed below). Of those, the Lemon Tart and — surprisingly — the sage sorbet, which is now on my to-do list. And though I don’t really care for scotch, that ice cream was perfectly executed. Great texture and a balanced flavor.
Unlike the last few years, the judges and I were a little closer to agreeing on the champions. Here are the winners:
1. Graham Ole Opry
2. Cherry Cookie Crumble (made with Oreos)
3. Betty’s Banana
1. Spicy Almond Chocolate Flake
2. Orange You Glad It’s Chocolate (again!)
3. Double Chocolate Mocha Delight
1. Cherry Limeade
2. Sweet Corn Blackberry (unfortunately, I didn’t see this one at a tasting table)
3. CMA: Citrus Mash Attack
Best of Show
Graham Ole Opry
Inspired by the classic Goo Goo Cluster, the vanilla ice cream is swirled with caramel, chopped peanuts and chocolate with bits of graham crackers. The creator of the ice cream, Mary Allen was the Best of Show winner last year, too with Internuttional Relations, which Purity says is one of its most popular flavors. I didn’t try it, but my husband did and said it was fantastic, too. So, look for this one on the shelves soon.
Also, be sure to stop by Pied Piper Creamery to try out the Martha O’Bryan Center Staff Crankin’ winners. Orthodontist’s Nightmare (caramel apple), Merlot Sorbet and Honey Lavender will all be for sale. All three were terrific, but I liked the honey lavender the best. The consistency was perfectly creamy and it didn’t even vaguely taste like soap.
Back in my kitchen, as mentioned, I’ll be working on my own version of the sage sorbet. The sorbet cranker was kind enough to share a little info on the ingredients and method, so now I have a project.
Did anyone else go? What were your favorites?