Habanero…Ice Cream?!

Let’s be honest–this post pretty much writes itself.
Happy Friday! Today I want to share with you my favorite food since moving to Portland. I love finding spice in unexpected places, and besides my experience with habanero beer (story in a post to come), THIS ice cream has been the most interesting thing I’ve tasted…possibly ever.

Salt & Straw Chevre with Marionberry Habanero Jam Ice Cream

First a little bit about Salt & Straw. A business started by two ice cream loving cousins, Salt & Straw opened up shop on the east side of Portland and recently opened up a store on the west side of the river in the Alphabet District. All ingredients by S&S are sourced locally, and flavors are rotated seasonally. Some of their more interesting flavors include a sea salt ice cream with caramel ribbons (which is different from the traditional salted caramel ice cream), honey lavender, honey balsamic strawberry with cracked pepper, and my personal favorite, chevre with marionberry habanero jam (which I just noticed is spelled incorrectly on their website! Oops!).

This ice cream packs quite the punch, too! The chevre (a fancy name for goat cheese) is accompanied by a sweet, sweet marionberry jam (a berry commonly consumed in the pacific northwest during the summer), and fresh habaneros, which we know are HOT HOT HOT. All S&S ice cream is 17% milk fat, which helps take the edge off of the habanero and makes for a very rich texture. I don’t care to share how much of my money has gone to fueling my desire for this delightful ice cream since moving. I will say that I love being able to jump to the front of the line when buying a pint because the line every time I am in Salt & Straw (location on 23rd) is literally out the front door. For those extremely eager to try their ice cream but not in the area, you can order online and have it shipped to you!

And no. I did not eat all of that. I put it back in the container like a good girl…for later…

For more about Salt & Straw you can check out their website here. I first learned about them while living in Chicago through an article on TheKitchn. Since then they’ve been featured tons of times, most recently by the Seattle Times!

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  • Reply Kayla Moothart November 4, 2012 at 4:02 am

    I would have eaten it ALL! YUM!

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