If there’s anything I like more than breakfast foods or bacon, it’s probably ice cream. Anytime, anywhere, any flavour – I will literally eat any ice cream put in front of me without question (even the whackiest of flavours – I’m totally down with being adventurous when it comes to ice cream). It’s my go-to pick-me-up after a bad day at work or my preferred dessert on a night out. I simply cannot live without it.
To be quite honest, I was unaware that there was such thing a thing as artisanal ice cream. Growing up in Jasper, we had one main ice cream shop that served up generic, mass-produced ice cream in familiar flavours. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – I worked there one summer and gained a massive amount of weight from eating so much ice cream – but that’s how I grew up knowing ice cream. Either that, or Drumsticks. My dad used to bring home a lot of Drumsticks so I have very fond memories of them.
So I was delighted to hear about Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream. No Eatfest would be complete without sampling a local favourite. We headed to their Wallingford location after the Korean BBQ dinner to partake in some ice cream consumption.
What I like about their menu is that they have 10 “always” flavours and a few seasonal, which makes it much easier to choose what flavour to get. I find that some shops have too many flavours and it can be a little overwhelming. I’d been on a real sweet-savoury kick so when offered a sample, I asked for Salted Caramel.
I don’t know know how best to describe the experience (dramatic, right?). It was like a punch to the face that instantly piqued my taste buds. Wow! I haven’t had an ice cream experience like this before. Incredibly savoury yet sweet, with a beautiful creamy caramel finish. Have I really been missing out on good ice cream? It didn’t matter – I was instantly sold. I got myself a scoop in a waffle cone. And a pretty big scoop at that.
Although Mark didn’t mind it, he found it too intense for his liking. Instead, he opted for one of their seasonal flavours, the Salted Caramel Cone (vanilla bean ice cream swirled with a ribbon of salty vanilla bean caramel and sugar cone crumbles). The mostly vanilla bean base balanced out the intensity of the salted caramel. What did he think of it?
I liked their ice cream so much that we went back for a second visit a couple of days later. I was set on getting another scoop of the Salted Caramel, but thought I’d give the Earl Grey a try. What can I say, it’s another winner. It tastes exactly like the Earl Grey tea that Mark’s dad makes (he lived in England for a few years so he makes a mean cup of Earl Grey), except in ice cream form. YUM!
It’s on the pricier side, but the size of their scoops is generous. It’s worth a try if you’re into unique flavours and plus, it’s always a good thing to support a local establishment.
Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream
1622 1/2 N. 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: (206) 547-5105