Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Croquer: Carmela ice cream

My coworker Julie made my day today. She called me to the conference room kitchen after returning from an off-site event with a surprise. It was in the form of several pints of Carmela Ice Cream, who had catered her event.
She passed me a spoon with a grin. The salted caramel was just starting to melt, but continued to blissfully melt in my mouth like a pat of frosty butter. Cacao nibs crackled through bites of dark chocolate. One vibrant with honey and subtle lavender notes made me pine for a warm tarte tatin to smother with it. But the winner was the fresh mint with cacao nib - "The mint is fresh from his garden" Julie told me, and the proof is in the pudding.
The LA-favorite is available at farmers markets (Hollywood, Culver City, South Pasadena, Pacific Palisades) and a few local stores (Naturewell, The Curious Palate, Locali, Joan's on Third).


Images via carmelaicecream.com

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