I really do not love ice cream.
I can remember great
ice creams like the elementary school era Moonglow
flavour at the village of Morden
on the Bay of Fundy shore or, during high school, the candied
ginger root ice cream at the Fundy Dairy Bar in Bible Hill
on the road to Tatamagouch. I do not day dream, however, about
and Jerry's ice cream or other over-priced branded
stuff that sells t-shirts and puts brand name candy bar into
the mix. The skill has to be in the cone.
So, my hunt for frozen custard
having failed in the Cayuga Lake area, due to New York State's
incredibly localized rules for treat food loyalty, I tried
the praised Purity Ice
Cream Co. Ungabelieveable. First, I praise no
chocolate. I find those tied to chocolate a sad and deficient
group...except, of course, those to whom I am married. But
Purity, it is reported to me from she the worthy, uses semi-sweet
chocolate so you actually get that dusty layered effect that
relies on the ice cream for balance as opposed to being yet
another font of sugar.
As for me, I had three flavours
over my two visits. Not appreciating the distinction between
a sugar and a waffle cone, I had a mountain of coconutice
cream on a small sugar cone the first night.
It was a race. As I noted in a comment, it was like a frozen
version the best coconut cream pie filling, again less sweet
but richer, loaded with tiny coconut shavings. The next day,
before lunch, I had both black cherry and green tea in sensible
cups that allowed for pacing. The black cherry was great -
not syrupy but clean and full. The green tea was a revelation.
Light on the sweetness, it allowed the tea to stand up and
ask me if I could handle the truth. Others tasted from the
cones of those with me were vanilla,
mint chocolate and Finger Lake Tourist - all displaying the
slightly lighter hand with the sweetness to let the flavours
come out. Note that the mint chip actually has tiny shards
of chocolate as opposed to the Hersey's kisses sort of chip,
which twelve to the scoop if you are lucky. Pervasive chiposity