Thursday, June 4, 2009

Debuting tomorrow: Christopher Elbow ice cream!

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Christopher Elbow has a secret. The founder and owner of Elbow Chocolates only sort-of likes chocolates. "They're amazing but after six months, you just start to eat the same thing over and over ... I can go a week without eating them."

But ice cream is different. "I'll eat it everyday. I love ice cream. I'll sit on the couch with my wife and open up a pint and just be talking and next thing I know, the pint is just gone." Now Elbow is combining that love of ice cream with his chocolate knowledge and distribution network to create Elbow ice cream, debuting tomorrow only at his store at 1819 McGee.

"I'm going to get so fat from these," Elbow says as he brings out a tray of pints from his freezer. He didn't make the final decision to serve it to customers until he'd bought an ice cream machine. "There were so many things to consider -- how to label it, what flavors, the recipes, consistency, how many could we sell ... it's turned into a more difficult process than I thought it was going to be."

Elbow hopes to debut between 16 and 20 flavors tomorrow, many based on variations of his popular chocolates.

Among those flavors are rosemary caramel, bananas foster and the salt-caramel fleur de sel,

which was my favorite. Judging by the empty container, it was many others'

too. Another surprise was sweet-corn ice cream. Corn and ice cream

may sound like peculiar pairing (Elbow claims it's common in parts of

Mexico) but the smoothness and sugar of the cream goes well with the slight

nuttiness of the corn. That pint was

also nearly empty, mostly at my doing.

He'll also serve the standard flavors: vanilla made with real vanilla beans and

chocolate done sorbet style because, Elbow explains, "I wanted to use real chocolate

because cocoa powder is not very good." This has the remarkable effect

of making every bite of chocolate ice cream taste different -- one bite

will have a hint of cinnamon, the next vanilla, the next almost bitter

like a dark chocolate -- a hundred different flavors in one pint.

Because

of limited production, the ice cream is only sold at the store, only in

pint form and only on Fridays and Saturdays. A pint costs $7.50 and

there's a limited number of each flavor. Once it's gone, it's gone.

Some other flavors available:

Cucumber Lime
Strawberry Balsamic
Pineapple Cilantro
Lavender Vanilla
Coffee
Vietnamese Cinnamon
Mango Ginger
Masala Chai
Saffron Cardamom

Don't worry if you have trouble picking between two. Elbow said the staff will be generous with samples. He also said his personal favorite is the cucumber lime.

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