2035 NE Alberta • 503.208.3867 • saltandstraw.com
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Just when I thought Salt & Straw’s ice cream couldn’t get any better or their flavors more original, they came out with their holiday flavors!
Gingerbread with Hard Sauce
Sweet Potato Marshmallow
Eggnog with Butter Rum Caramel
and… Peppermint Cocoa
Yum, yum, yum. They came out with them the day after Thanksgiving and despite having a food hangover, of course I made the trip to my new favorite dessert locale.
Although pumpkin will probably forever be one of the all-time best ice cream flavors in my opinion and I was really sad that Salt & Straw was taking away their Pumpkin Pie ice cream before I could even try it (they were out both times I went when they did offer it), these flavors truly made up for it.
The rankings (although they really are all delicious and it was hard to decide):
#4) Eggnog with Butter Rum Caramel: Made with housemade caramel sauce and eggnog, then spiked with Portland’s Distillery Row’s rum. It was creamy but just not as flavorful as I was hoping for.
#3) Sweet Potato Marshmallow: Think the tasty sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows that your mom makes on Thanksgiving. According to the friendly employee at Salt & Straw, this is the most time intensive recipe – they make the brown sugar caramelized sweet potato casserole, which is the base for the ice cream. Then they make housemade toasted marshmallows, which are chopped into little pieces in the ice cream.
The marshmallows were the best part in my opinion. It was like eating Lucky Charms cereal – I was just on the mission the find the marshmallows.
#2) Peppermint Cocoa: Yummmmmy. Made with Portland’s Holy Kakow! cocoa, Salt & Straw has made a fantastic chocolate ice cream based and thrown in handmade peppermint candy cane candies. This cured my chocolate cravings and with one taste, you just feel the joy of the holidays.
#1) Gingerbread with Hard Sauce: This seriously gave my favorite pumpkin ice cream a run for its money. They baked gingerbread then folded in double fold vanilla hard sauce frosting (Don’t know what hard sauce is? Check out this post from The Pioneer Woman and you’ll be running to Salt & Straw right this moment). The ice cream is creamy, sweet and has surprise bites of fresh gingerbread tossed in.
Want something more adventurous? They also are serving a Holiday Duck Sundae… Peking duck fat caramel ice cream, topped with housemade plum sauce and served on an unfolded fortune cookie… I was kind of a baby with this one so I haven’t tried it yet, but Salt & Straw knows what they are doing, so I bet this is a tasty concoction!
Whether you go for the unique duck sundae or the more traditional holiday flavors, hurry up and go to Salt & Straw before they are gone! Consider it an early Christmas present to yourself 🙂