How are you handling the polar vortex? My solution is to fight cold with cold. I’m eating vats of ice cream. I employ a similar strategy when I’m sick: feed a cold, feed a fever. So what if I can’t button my pants come spring?
Marianne’s features over 70 traditional flavors of homemade ice cream. The place is tiny, the line’s long, and they only take cash (no worries-there’s an ATM inside). But 50 years of success satisfying the sweet tooth of the residents and the Slugs (the mascot of UC Santa Cruz is the banana slug – no joke) means that something’s working. For me, that something is two scoops – Heath Bar Crunch and Mint Chocolate Chip.
The new kid on the block – the Penny Ice Creamery – offers a slow dessert experience, featuring flavors described as “modern and whimsical”. The menu is limited; the night I was there, choices included Hibiscus Beet and Black Pepper Quince. I hemmed and hawed, tasted and debated and went down the road I often choose – rocky. Their version showcased homemade marshmallows. You heard me correctly. It was delish. The downtown location is one block off the town’s main drag, Pacific Avenue, making it way too easy to alternate ice cream with fish tacos, particularly for someone with no self-control.
I thought there’d be a clear winner between the two, but both were terrific – dense and flavorful, sweet, but not cloyingly so, and I was eating them in California. It’s a draw.
DETOUR: If you are passing by, near, or through Newark, Delaware, you must stop by the UDairy Creamery. Operated by University of Delaware agricultural studies students, it features a cow to cone experience that will make you swoon. I could not believe a monstrous single scoop of Ch-Ch-Ch-Chocolate – cocoa ice cream with chocolate chunks, chocolate sandwich cookies, chocolate crunchies and chocolate fudge swirls – was $2.50. And I got to stop on the way out and thank the cows who contributed to my happiness.
I’ve revealed my favorite flavor – what’s yours? And how are you handling the winter blues?