It’s summertime friends, which is code for ice cream season. Nothing beats a large scoop of Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream, but that doesn’t mean it lacks stiff flavor competition—from Earl Grey Tea.
After much hesitation, I was persuaded by an employee in Whole Foods to buy a pint of Tea-riffic’s tea-infused ice cream. He was so enthusiastic in his description of the creative frozen treat, that I couldn’t help myself.
I had never tasted earl grey tea before, but thought to myself, “you can’t go wrong with ice cream, right?”
When I got home, I took a spoon out of the drawer and I dove right into the pint of Chunky London Mist, which Tea-riffic describes as, “The malty and citrusy notes of Earl Grey tea with a hint of vanilla, rich semi-sweet Belgian chocolate flakes and buttery roasted pecan chunks.” Can you say yum?
I wasn’t convinced after my first taste, but I was intrigued enough to have a second spoonful, and a third, and it was probably around my fourth spoonful that I thought, “damn, this is insanely good ice cream.”
It was a refreshing flavor profile that my taste buds had never encountered before and, I warn you, one that is highly addictive. With every spoonful, you taste the smoothness of the tea and with a lightness that will keep you coming back for more. Earl grey tea ice cream is officially and forever on my must-eat list.
Fast forward to a few weeks later: I was vacationing with friends in Los Angeles, California, when we stumbled upon McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream Shop. There, staring me in face was the flavor Earl Grey Tea & Butter Biscuits—a limited release flavor. I was SO impressed and excited that they had my new favorite ice cream flavor. As anticipated, it was totally delicious.
It has been spotted again: Rooted in Philadelphia, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, serves an Earl Grey Sriracha ice cream flavor. Jessica, a Spoon HQ insider, claims it was “amaze.” And in addition to Little Baby’s two Philly locations, on Frankford Avenue and Catharine Street, they also have a weekly Sunday pop-up stand in Union Market, Washington, DC. They are now selling select pints in stores as well, including Earl Grey Sriracha, because “Ice cream is a feeling,” after all.
And again: Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, with shops and ice cream trucks located in NYC, Brooklyn, and L.A, creates an Earl Grey Tea ice cream too. In a recent review, someone wrote the earl grey is a “good choice for the summertime as it was refreshing and cooling,” and in another review, a woman exclaimed, “the earl grey stole my heart.” I completely agree, earl grey tea ice cream has definitely stolen my heart too.
So, you better be on the look out, because it’s definitely time for you to try this incredible and innovative flavor of ice cream.